Quinoa is a superfood that’s bursting with health benefits: It’s a complete protein and is a rich source of iron, magnesium, riboflavin, and manganese, according to Mind Body Green. If you’re looking for a great way to work this seed (which masquerades as a grain) into your daily diet, we suggest preparing quinoa bars. Filled with nutritional ingredients and noteworthy nutrients, these bars work wonderfully for breakfast, a midday snack, or a pre or post-workout meal. After preparing these six quinoa bars, you’ll never want to eat another store-bought granola bar again.
1. No-Bake Brown Butter Quinoa Bars
Using rolled oats, quinoa, nuts, flaxseed, salt, honey, brown butter, vanilla, and chocolate chips, you can prepare No-Bake Brown Butter Quinoa Bars. If you don’t want to use brown butter, feel free to use coconut oil instead. The Dr. Oz Show notes that coconut oil improves calcium and magnesium absorption in the body and may help you lose weight.
How Sweet Eats says these quinoa bars taste best when they’re chilled. “You mix the ingredients until they are wet and sticky (would you have rather me said moist?) then press – and I really mean PRESS – them into a square pan. After a few hours in the fridge, remove them and cut into squares.” The end result? A sweet-tasting, crumbly-textured bar that you’ll love reaching for when you need a snack.
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2. Cocoa Baked Quinoa Bars
Not only are Cocoa Baked Quinoa Bars filled with healthy ingredients, but they also look and taste similar to a brownie. In addition to curbing your cocoa cravings, these quinoa bars will also take care of your hunger. Quinoa contains plenty of protein and fiber, which work together to keep you feeling full for hours, Fit Day explains.
You can even personalize these bars by incorporating your favorite dried fruits and chopped nuts. Sugar Free Mom notes that the bars “are only slightly sweet on their own without chocolate chips so if your family is used to sweeter snacks you may want to add in some stevia.”
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3. Quinoa Protein Bars
These Quinoa Protein Bars are filled with good-for-you ingredients including quinoa, dates, almonds, peanut butter, dark chocolate, and honey. Skinny Ms. says they’re “a perfect snack before and after workouts, or when that afternoon craving for something sweet hits. And for anyone on a gluten-free diet, healthy quinoa treats are like hitting the jackpot!”
If you suffer from a nut allergy or would like to incorporate a few different ingredients into your bars, you can use sunflower butter and pumpkin seeds in place of peanut butter and almonds. For additional variety, feel free to add the chocolate chips directly to your mix rather than melting and drizzling them on top.
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4. Cranberry Quinoa Peanut Butter Power Bars
Looking for a healthy way to kickstart your day? Cranberry Quinoa Peanut Butter Power Bars work wonderfully as an energizing breakfast. Because quinoa is a complete protein, you can also munch on this bar before and after you hit the gym. In fact, Livestrong notes that one cup of cooked quinoa contains more than 8 grams of protein, about the same as a cup of milk.
The cinnamon and cranberries fill these sweet-tasting bars with invigorating flavors that are guaranteed to wake you — and your tastebuds — up in the morning. Once you’ve prepared your quinoa bars and they’ve cooled a bit, Fannetastic Food recommends “storing the bars in the fridge covered in tin foil — it will help them to harden and stick together better. You can even cut them into bar-sized snacks and store them separately for easy grabbing and going!”
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5. Chocolate-Dipped Quinoa Coconut Granola Bars
Quinoa takes center stage in Chocolate-Dipped Quinoa Coconut Granola Bars, which Olives ‘n’ Wine suggests keeping “on hand for a healthy way to refuel your body!” These versatile and dessert-like bars are perfect for breakfast, a midday snack, or nutritious late-night treat.
To prepare this easy-to-make recipe, you’ll combine your toasted quinoa and oats with unsweetened coconut, pistachios, and pecans. Proceed to drizzle your mixture with melted peanut butter and honey, and once they’re baked, hand dip each bar in melted dark chocolate. This is a great go-to snack to satisfy your sweet tooth without derailing your diet!
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6. Quinoa Nut and Fruit Protein Bars
Packed with nutritious and filling ingredients including several dried fruits, seeds, quinoa, nuts, and warm seasonings, these hearty Quinoa Nut and Fruit Protein Bars are a morning must. The best part? Lisa’s Kitchen says they have “no added sweetener — just the goodness of dried fruit and some unsweetened apple juice. Feel free to mix and match your favorite staples.”
This recipe, which was adapted from Camilla V. Saulsbury’s cookbook, Power Hungry: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook, creates great on-the-go bars that are perfect for busy weekday mornings. Simply make them over the weekend and store them in the refrigerator, they’ll keep for up to a week.
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