Healthy Quinoa Pumpkin Bars & Spiced Latte

2013-10-31
IMG_1953IMG_1964Quinoa Pumpkin Bar
  • Servings : 12
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 4:0 h
  • Ready In : 4:5 h

There are somethings that America just does better .. and Halloween is one of them! Because of this, I decided to turn to them for my Halloween Pumpkin Recipe and I was so inspired by the Tone It Up girl’s ‘Crockpot Pumpkin Pudding’ that I’ve decided to share my version with you .. along with a truly delicious pumpkin spiced latte too (made with coffee or chai tea!).

So, if you’ve got a slow cooker, and a pumpkin (yes I cheated and used canned pumpkin!), you’re set! This recipe is super simple to make and if you like pumpkin then you will LOVE it!

P.S I’m sure you could make these bars/cake in the oven on a low heat – do let me know if you try it!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked (180g)
  • 2 cups milk (500ml)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (235g)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3 tbsp xylitol* or 2 tbsp stevia
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • optional - 1 tsp pumpkin spice**

*Xylitol is a healthier alternative to sugar and is perfect for baking –  I get mine from Holland and Barrett!

**You can make your own pumpkin spice at home!

Pumpkin Cake

Method

Step 1

Set your slow-cooker on low before mashing the banana and mixing in the coconut oil

Step 2

Add all of the ingredients to the warm slow-cooker and mix well

Step 3

Allow to cook for at least 4 hours before allowing to cool slightly and slicing into 12 pieces (I cooked mine over night for around 8-10 hours which was slightly too long.. the cake/bars should be firm but not over-done!)

Step 4

Serve on its own or with Greek yoghurt (or Nutella!!), fruit and a drizzle of honey (store in an air tight container in the fridge for 3 days).. Enjoy!!

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 Pumpkin Latte

P.S And for your pumpkin latte you will need… (serves 1)

1 cup (250ml) milk for a chai tea latte OR 1/2 cup (125ml) milk for a coffee latte

2 tsp pumpkin puree

1 tsp pumpkin spice or cinnamon & optional dash of vanilla

1 chia tea bag OR 1 tsp coffee dissolved in 1/2 (125ml) cup hot water

Optional – a sprinkle of cinnamon/chocolate & 1 tsp of honey/xylitol

Simply heat the milk, pumpkin and spice (and optional vanilla) in a pan over a medium heat (or you could use your microwave for around 2 minutes.. it’s what I did!)..

For a Chai Tea Latte: Pour the hot milk into a large cup and allow the tea bag to steep for 5-7 minutes. Discard the tea bag and add the drink to a blender and blend until frothy.. then serve (adding the optional sweetener/sprinkle of cinnamon)!

For a Coffee Latte: Pour the hot milk into a blender & blend until frothy before pouring over your coffee, stir and enjoy! Sweeten if needed :)

P.S If you like this recipe do check-out my pumpkin muffins or pumpkin granola recipes too!

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UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who sends me pictures of my recipes on Twitter & Facebook - here are a selection!!

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    100Kcal
  • Carbs

    18g
  • Protein

    4g
  • Fat

    2g

Recipe Comments

Comments (20)

  1. posted by Carla Gallagher on October 31, 2013

    How low is low heat if you were to try the oven method? Thanks

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  2. posted by Saima Hussain on November 1, 2013

    I would love to try this but pumpkin purée is so hard to get hold of. :(

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on November 3, 2013

      Check out Waitrose or Amazon :) easy! xx

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      • posted by Saima on November 3, 2013

        Found it in tescos world foods section. can you do an egg nog recipe plz?x

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        • posted by Nics Nutrition on November 3, 2013

          hurray! no I don’t, but could look into this for xmas time :) x

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  3. posted by elkie on November 3, 2013

    I just made this today, definitely a keeper recipe!, sweet, nutty and oh so delicious. I love pumpkin and its a first for me cooking with quinoa! I totally ate and scraped all the crumbs left behind in the slow cooker haha

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on November 3, 2013

      Hurray! So glad you liked it! Thank you for your pic!! xx ps Elkie cooked it for 5 hours on low!

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  4. posted by Andrea on February 3, 2014

    Hi I tried to make this yesterday in my slow cooker, but it wouldn’t set, even after 8 hours on low.
    I wondered if it was because my slow cooker just cooks around the pot? It’s a crock pot.
    The mixture tasted lovely so would like to try it in the oven. How long would you say it needed?xx

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on February 3, 2014

      Hello! I actually left mine over night – what about medium for 8 hours?! Good luck! x

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  5. posted by Andrea on February 3, 2014

    So would you say 8 hrs in a low oven? I did leave it overnight in the slow cooker and then a couple of hours in the morning and it just burnt around the edges :0(
    On a happier note, I made your healthy banana bread and peanut butter protein balls and they are delish :0

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on February 4, 2014

      Hurray! Aw I’m sorry to hear that :( I’m not sure an oven and slow cooker are interchangeable like that? x

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  6. posted by Emily Ryan on March 13, 2014

    Hey Nic! If you didn’t have a slow cooker and were to just use an oven what would the temp and time be?

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on March 14, 2014

      Ooh I’m not sure.. I would have to experiment!! Try 175 degrees C for shorter time? x

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  7. posted by Fiona Dutton on April 23, 2014

    Hi Nic
    I’ve just put all the ingredients in my slow cooker and hopefully if it works well I was wondering how do you get it out? This may be more obvious when the 8 hrs has past ha xxxx

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on April 23, 2014

      Hello! After 8 hrs (or leave longer if needed) it should just tip out as it forms a cake – maybe wiggle the edges :) let me know how it goes!! xx

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  8. posted by Fiona Dutton on April 30, 2014

    I’ve just made the pumpkin bars again but this time with half ingredients(just in case it didn’t work out) for 1 and a half hr on 190 degrees fan oven. Delicious, can’t stop eating them and prob not best thing to eat just before bed ha xx

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  9. posted by Fiona Dutton on April 30, 2014

    Post workout recovery treat mmmm.. Pumpkin Chai latte and pumpkin quinoa bars with mango!

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