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Quinoa Energy Bars

Quinoa Energy Bars

Quinoa is my new discovery, my friend and ally in my quest to eat as healthy as possible. I used it this time in a bar full of nutritious ingredients, worthy of consideration for a vegan recipe and which brilliantly replaces the appetite for sweets, because it contains almonds, pistachios, cranberries much desired and used in so many desserts. , but not only, chocolate and all together with honey. The quinoa that I bought from a store with natural products, is expanded-organic, with a slightly caramelized appearance and that does not require frying.
Did you know that ... Quinoa is richer in nutrients compared to other cereals, contains amino acids and generous amounts of calcium, phosphorus and iron? It can be used as a substitute for rice or couscous and on signs that the method of preparation is similar to these. It can be eaten with vegetables, as a side dish next to chicken and you can also prepare quinoa pilaf. It can also be served for breakfast, being a rich source of protein, mixed with almonds, honey and berries.


Simple Quinoa Breakfast Bars

Hi everyone! My name is Alyssa and I’m the blogger behind, Simply Quinoa, a healthy food blog featuring wholesome and delicious recipes, all with a little quinoa twist. That’s right, every single one of my recipes has quinoa in it!

Since you’re a reader here on SHK, then I’m sure you already know how awesome quinoa is. It’s a complete vegetable protein & # 8211 making it great for vegetarians and vegans! & # 8211 and it’s a complex carbohydrate meaning it will digest more slowly and help keep you full for longer. Quinoa is also packed with hard to find minerals like manganese, magnesium and phosphorus.

So basically, quinoa is a true superfood!

While I love to incorporate quinoa into all of my meals, my favorite way to enjoy quinoa is with breakfast. I think it’s the ultimate breakfast food. It will give your kiddos energy when they go to school and it will fuel you through a long workday ahead.

These quinoa breakfast bars are the perfect example of a balanced, nutritious and delicious breakfast. We combine protein-rich quinoa, fiber-rich oats, low-glycemic coconut sugar, with some banana, flaxseed, nut / seed butter, toasted coconut and a few dark chocolate chips. They’re flavorful, slightly sweet and have a brownie-like consistency.

Unlike many packaged granola or breakfast bars, these are naturally low in sugar and fat and are high in things & # 8211 like fiber and protein & # 8211 that keep us feeling full, fueled and energized. And let’s be honest, that’s exactly how we want to start the day, right?

They’re also very super to make. You just mix all the ingredients together, pour them into a square pan and bake them for 20 & # 8211 25 minutes. I recommend making them the night before so you can allow them to cool completely & # 8211 they’ll be much easier to slice that way. And once you have sliced ​​them, you can simply store them in an airtight container.

And while I love their simplicity, my favorite part about these breakfast bars is that they’re totally portable. So many of us have busy mornings and little time to prepare a nutritious meal! These are a great option to quickly get you out the door. You can wrap them up and take them with you on the go, or even just hand them to your kiddos as you’re all getting ready in the morning.

These Coconut + Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bars are the ultimate breakfast treat. They’re free from gluten, dairy, eggs, soy and can be easily made nut-free. I know you and your family will absolutely love them!

Alyssa is the blogger behind Simply Quinoa, a gluten-free website dedicated to healthy food, always with a little quinoa twist. I love showing people how to make healthy food easy and delicious!


  • These bars require no oven, no baking, and can be mixed up in one bowl for a super quick and easy granola bar recipe!
  • They are refined sugar-free, vegan and gluten-free and loaded with superfoods and protein.
  • The Medjool dates add a delicious caramel-like flavor and act as a binding agent in these bars so they stick together.
  • These bars can be stored in the fridge for several weeks, and freeze well.

These bars are made with ingredients designed to keep you fueled, and not spike your blood sugar. (like reaching for a cookie or candy bar) They balance carb, protein and fat so you & # 8217ll feel completely satisfied after eating one AND it & # 8217ll tie you over until your next meal.

Here & # 8217s how to make them:

  1. Soak the dates in hot water for 5 minutes then blend together with the peanut butter, cinnamon and vanilla and blend.
  2. Add the dry ingredients and pulse just until everything is mixed together.
  3. Transfer to an 8 & # 2158 pan lined with parchment paper and place in the fridge to set.
  4. Cut into even bars.

Chocolate Quinoa Protein Energy Bars

  • 3/4 cup dry quinoa, or about 2 cups cooked
  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup protein powder (I used an unsweetened hemp-based version)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup stir-ins like dry fruit, nuts, shredded coconut, or vegan chocolate chips. (I went for half chocolate chips and half coconut)

Puffed Quinoa Energy Bars Recipe

4 cups Puffed Quinoa, or puffed brown rice, kamut or other healthy, crunchy, crispy alternative
1 cup Walnuts
½ cup Sunflower Seeds
½ cup Pumpkin Seeds
¼ cup Sesame Seeds
2/3 cup dried cranberries
½ Golden Raisins cup
½ tsp salt

Or what
¾ Cuple Syrup cup
Alm Almond Butter cup
½ Coconut Butter cup
1 Tbsp Vanilla
6 Tbsp Chia Seeds & # 8211 ground

Note: the ingredients for sauce need to be retested. I think it should read 3/4 cup almond butter and 3/4 cup coconut butter. My apologies for this uncertainty and I will correct the amounts when I get a chance to retest this recipe.

Directions

Note: for additional nutritional benefit, pumpkin and sunflower seeds can be pre-soaked for a couple hours before using. If you do soak first, make sure to drain and pat dry, so they are as dry as possible before using in this recipe. They can be dehydrated to dry them as well, but patting dry with a paper towel or clean tea towel will work fine.

Mix all of the Sauce ingredients except ground chia seeds together in a bowl. I used a little whisk but you can stir with a spoon. Mix until smooth and well combined. Then add chia seeds. This will give them a little extra time to swell up and develop their mucilaginous binding power. Mix all the rest of the ingredients in a bowl. Then add the sauce and stir all ingredients well together. When thoroughly combined transfer mixture to a parchment lined 9 x 13 inch baking pan and press down so top is flat and smooth. Refrigerate to set. After an hour remove and cut into desired bar size. Store in an air tight container. If storing for over a few days keep them stored in the fridge.

Photo Description

Assemble ingredients. The coconut butter is not shown. It was an after thought, but worked really well in the sauce to help hold it all together well.

Grind chia seeds. I used my Blend tech blender, but a small coffee or spice grinder works well also.

Mix sauce ingredients without chia first and then add and mix in the chia.

Mix well and let sit for at least 15 minutes for chia to thicken

Put all the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl.

When I make bars and am using parchment I often take a minute to fold the edges like this so it lies in the pan nicely. It & # 8217s optional but works for me.

Transfer mixed ingredients into lined pan and press down so top is even.

Let set. I put into them into the fridge for an hour. then took them out and turned over onto a cutting board, removed the pan and then peeled off the parchment paper.


My go-to recipe involves preparing the quinoa in advance then combining all of the granola bar ingredients, mixing them in a bowl and baking the bars in an 8 inch square pan. Of course I love this recipe because there’s peanut butter and chocolate chips, and it tastes just as good as a snicker’s bar but is 1000% healthier.

And to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the plain nutty flavor of quinoa .. you definitely can’t taste it when paired with peanut butter and chocolate :)

Another thing about our recipe for Chocolate Chip Quinoa Bars is that they turn out moist! I know moist can be such a weird word, but sometimes you want a more moist granola bar, versus the pre-packaged ones that leave you needing a glass of water.

I’ve made this exact same Chocolate Chip Quinoa Bars recipe probably 15 times and I never get tired of them. I’ve even forgotten the honey once, and I learned to never forget it now because I do like the sweetness it adds. I’ve eaten these for breakfast, snack, and even packed them to take while traveling. I love them as a pre and post work out snack or even a bed time snack.

If I’m really fighting a tooth sweet craving, I’ll drizzle melted peanut butter over a bar and add mini chocolate chips!


How To Make A Healthy Energy Bar Recipe

On today’s cooking video, we & # 8217re showing you how to make a healthy energy bar recipe.

I want you to go to your cabinet and get rid of your pre-packaged granola bars and energy bars, and replace them with this delicious healthy energy bar recipe.

Yes, it's time to make some homemade healthy energy bars!

Again, if you are eating those pre-packaged energy bars from the grocery store, throw them in the garbage because they are making you fat.

As a Live Leaner, our goal is to burn off the body fat and get lean.

One of the best ways to get lean, and sustain it forever, is learning how to cook with whole, natural ingredients, like those found in this healthy energy bar recipe.

You won't find refined sugar and processed fat in these energy bars.


Step 3/5

  • 180 g pitted dates
  • 80 g cashew butter
  • 150 ml maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • food processor
  • can
  • rubber spatula
  • bowl

Add dates to a food processor and mix until finely chopped. Add cashew butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and coconut oil to a pot and heat until the coconut oil is melted and everything is combined. Add almond-oat mixture, puffed quinoa, cashew butter mixture, and dates to a bowl and stir to combine.


(3 votes, average: 4.33 out of 5)

2 Comments

Charity on November 16, 2015 at 6:48 AM Reply

Where are the cooking directions? How long do u keep it in a crock pot for?

Chris Freytag on November 16, 2015 at 8:06 AM Reply

Hi Charity! You can see the full recipe by clicking on the green circle that says "Click here for recipe." Hope you enjoy!


Quinoa Energy Bars

ingredients
- 2 cups expanded quinoa, - 50 grams of chopped almonds, - 20 grams of crushed raw pistachios, - 100 grams of cranberries, - 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, - 60 grams of chocolate chips (decorated) or chopped white and black chocolate, - 4- 5 tablespoons honey or maple syrup.

Difficulty: low | Time: 30 min


  • Meal Type: Breakfast, Snack
  • Dietary Type: Vegetarian
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Serves: 15

This All Natural Protein Bar recipe makes for a nutritionally dense snack that packs a punch when it comes to fighting off cravings or a growling belly.

These are high in protein, thanks to the quinoa, the almond or peanut butter, flax, and sunflower seeds & ndash the best part is that each are all natural protein sources. There & rsquos no need for any crazy powders or supplements when you snack on one of these before or after a workout.

Ingredients
1 Cup Quinoa, uncooked
2 Oatmeal Cups
3/4 Cup Honey
3/4 Cup Almond or Peanut Butter
& frac14 Cup Flax Seeds
& frac14 Cup Sunflower Seeds
2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Salt
2 & frac12 tsp Vanilla Extract
& frac12 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
(All measurements for these items are for full, not-yet ground ingredients)

How to
Spread the oatmeal out on a cookie sheet in a thin layer. Toast in the oven at 350 & ordm for 15 minutes.

While you & rsquore waiting for the oats turn a toasty brown, ground your raw quinoa and flax seeds. Grinding the flax seeds will help your body digest them so that you get the most nutritional benefit. Both of them will yield a significantly larger amount of soil than they did whole choose a large mixing bowl and add in both of these items, as well as the cinnamon, salt, and seeds. Once the oats are ready, you will add them in with the rest of the dry ingredients & mix well.

In a saucepan, use low-medium heat to melt the peanut (or almond) butter and honey together until they have a nice smooth consistency. Add in the vanilla stir again.

Take the honey-nut butter sauce and pour it into the mixing bowl of dry ingredients and start mixing them together. The consistency is going to be very thick & you may feel as though you are just pressing it all together that & rsquos normal, just make sure that you are mixing it all well. If you need to, wet your hands slightly and use them to make sure that the ingredients are completely melded together.

Line a pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper & ndash use a smaller pan (8x8) for thicker, more stout Quinoa Protein Bars and a larger pan (9x12) for a thinner snack.

Press the mix into the pan, using your fingers to apply pressure so that the surface is moderately even.

Melt the dark chocolate using low-medium heat, watching carefully and stirring often (it happens quick!).

Use a spatula to spread a thin layer of the melted chocolate onto your quinoa and seed bars.

Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes and your healthy snack bar is ready to eat.


Nutrition Information
(Assuming the pan of protein bars is cut into 15 sections)
Calories: 240
Total Fat: 10 g
Saturated Fat: 2.3 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 140 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 34 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.7 g
Sugars: 17 g
Protein: 8 g

There are lots of tasty variations that you can make on this fiber and protein filled all natural energy bar.

For example, you could bump up the cinnamon content or choose another spice that you like to flavor the snack. You could also substitute your favorite nut butter for either or the ones recommended above. Another easy modification would be to add different kinds of seeds and grains. You can also skip the dark chocolate topping (crazy talk, right?) In order to shave off some extra calories.