I must admit, that while I am not one to be a 100% health food nut, there has always been something about quinoa baked goods that has piqued my interest. Seeing that I am in the final stretch of my Whole Living Action Plan detox, it would come as no surprise that these healthy goodies have arrived on my plan this week.
I personally love these clusters, however my husband wasn't too fond of the texture of them. I think he was looking for something a little more "cookie" like. To that, I explain that we will be able to eat cookies (in moderation of course!) again someday, but that in the meantime, I find these absolutely a delightful and healthy snack that I will be sure to snack on long past the end of my yearly detox. Besides, as a beekeeper, anything with honey is a good thing! Enjoy!
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, toasted and chopped
1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/4 cup honey
2 large egg whites
1. Combine oats, quinoa, macadamia nuts, dried fruit and honey in a medium bowl. Whisk egg whites with 1/4 teaspoon salt until foamy. Pour over dried fruit and stir to combine.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Scoop 3 tablespoons mixture (using an ice cream scoop) and pat into a 3-inch round on baking sheet. Bake, rotating halfway through, until clusters are golden brown, 15-18 minutes. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.