Gwyneth Paltrow's Bummer Bars
  • 1 ½ cups (130g) quinoa flakes (or rolled oats)
  • ¼ cup ground (60g) flaxseeds/linseeds (or try pre-ground Linseed Soy Almond [LSA] mix)
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ cup (40g) extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup (60g) maple syrup (or use honey or golden syrup)
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup (see above)
  • ½ cup chopped prunes or apricots (or whole sultanas)
  • ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts (or almonds)
  • Note: I do recommend not using paper cupcake liners as it seems no one has much luck removing the bars without extra bits of fibre sticking to them.
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (about 160C fan-forced).
  2. Line a small to medium sized brownie pan with baking paper.
  3. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and pour the mixture into the brownie pan.
  4. Pack the mixture down with a rubber spatula to a height of about 1.5 to 2cm. The taller, the more moist the bars (or adjust baking time accordingly).
  5. Bake for ½ hour, or until the bars have firmed up and are golden brown.
  6. Let cool before removing from the pan and cut into rectangles. Serve right away or store in an airtight container.
  7. Thermomix tips: If you can't buy pre-ground linseed, place whole seeds in TMX bowl and blitz on Speed 9 for 10 seconds. It's not important if not milled to a fine powder. You can also mill the quinoa flakes a little if you don't like the whole flakes. You can also chop the prunes and nuts with the Thermomix but I quite liked the bigger chunks of prune in my friend's bars so hand chop if you like the fruit to be more obvious. Same for the nuts.
Recipe by Gastromony at