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INGREDIENTS 1 cup uncooked quinoa 1 cup quick-cooking oats 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or almonds 2/3 cup seed or nut butter 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon vanilla Butter or coconut oil for greasing

DIRECTIONS 1. Pre-heat the oven to 375˚F. Spread the quinoa, oats, and walnuts on a baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes, mixing halfway. 2. Meanwhile, over medium heat, combine the honey and nut or seed butter. Stir well to combine, taking extra care to avoid boiling. Turn down to low heat when the edges start to bubble. 3. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla to the honey and nut butter. Mix, mix, and mix some more. Keep over very low heat until the quinoa and oats are finished toasting, stirring occasionally. 4. Combine the quinoa mixture and honey mixture, making sure that there aren’t pools of liquid at the bottom. 5. Grease a metal baking sheet with butter or coconut oil. Spread the granola bar mixture into the pan, creating a nice and even layer. Press together any gaps with clean fingers. 6. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours. Once the mixture has hardened, slice into bars or cubes and store the granola bars in an airtight container.

MUFFINTINMEALS Baking in the summer isn’t really on top of everyone’s to-do list because it heats the house up even more than the sunshine. But, if it’s a cool day or you have air conditioning, break out the supplies and get baking! Muffin tins are helpful in preparing all sorts of recipes other than muffins. For example, you can make individual serving sized meatloaf, cheeseburgers (complete with bun), pie, chicken tacos, pasta cups, pot pies and much more. Try your favourite recipe in a muffin tin - just be sure to adjust the cooking time as meals will bake faster.

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