This vegan, gluten free Quinoa Bars recipe is rich in protein and healthy fats. They’re easy to make and a delicious, wholesome snack!
The last couple of weeks the weather here has been beautiful. My mom just arrived here for a visit a couple of days ago. I’ve been busy making plans with her for all the things we want to do while she is here. We also ended up making a list of all the things she wants me to cook for her. She follows my blog and my Instagram account quite keenly and says she’s always drooling over my photos.
While I’m quite flattered, I’m quite sure she wants to see for herself if what I cook tastes anywhere as good as the photos look. I can’t blame her though. Every time I go visit her in India, I hardly ever do any cooking because I’m in the mood to relax. Let’s just say I’ve cooked for her only a handful of times before. I’m quite determined to lay her doubts to rest once and for all now.
I knew that once she was here we would spend a lot of times outdoors. I wanted to stock up on delicious, wholesome snacks so we’d always have something on hand while we were out. You guys, this Nut and Seed Quinoa Bars recipe is AMAZING! I’m not even exaggerating. If you’re looking for a no oats, no bake breakfast bar recipe, you need to try this out.
You see, I have a thing for breakfast and snacks. I want my snacks to be delicious, filling but also wholesome. If you have a thing for spicy, crunchy deliciousness I recommend you try this Roasted Garam Masala Chickpeas recipe. If you’re more into oats breakfast bars, these Healthy Homemade Granola Bars are pretty awesome too.
Let’s get back to this quinoa bars recipe for a moment. These delicious bars are crunchy from the puffed quinoa with a little bit of sweetness and a hint of spice. The dark chocolate layer on top gives it a decadent feel so I often have one of these after dinner as a wholesome substitute for dessert. These snack bars are full of healthy fats and protein from the nut butter, nuts and the seeds used.
Another important tip I have for you guys is that if you have regular quinoa at home you can actually puff it at home yourself like popcorn! It’s incredibly easy and I did just that for the recipe. All you need to do is to heat a large pot on medium high heat. Drop a tsp of quinoa in the pot once it is hot and listen for the popping sound. Once it starts popping, add the rest of your quinoa, making sure it’s in a single layer and let it pop. You don’t have to go out and look for popped quinoa anymore!
This Nut and Seed Quinoa Bars recipe has so much going for it. It’s vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free and so filling and satisfying you’re going to fall in love!
If you try this recipe, don’t forget to use #tlceats and tag me on Instagram so I can see your beautiful creation!
Yields 12 Bars
This vegan, gluten free Quinoa Bars recipe is rich in protein and healthy fats. They're easy to make and a delicious, wholesome snack!
15 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
- 1 cup puffed quinoa*
- 1 cup nut butter
- 15 soft pitted dates, processed to a pulp
- 1/2 toasted almonds and pistachios, chopped
- A handful of pepitas
- 2 tsbp coconut oil
- 3 tbsp coconut flakes
- 1/2 tsp ginger powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 100 g dark chocolate
- 3 tbsp finely chopped pistachios for garnish
- In a saucepan add the coconut oil, processed dates and the nut butter and place over medium heat. Stir to combine and cook for 2-3 minutes just until everything has melted and mixed together well.
- Remove from heat and add the puffed quinoa, pepitas, chopped almonds and pistachios, coconut flakes, cinnamon and ginger powder. Mix together well, use your hands if necessary. Line an 8 or 10 inch square baking pan with parchment and transfer the mixture to it. Press the mixture in firmly and place in the refrigerator until it is firm.
- Once the mixture is firm, remove from the refrigerator. Melt the dark chocolate over a double boiler or in a microwave and pour it over the bars. Spread evenly and sprinkle 3 tbsp pistachios over the surface. Allow to cool again before slicing the bars.
If you only have regular quinoa at home you can make puffed quinoa quite easily. Heat a large pot on medium high heat. Drop a tsp of quinoa in the pot once it is hot and listen for the popping sound. Once it starts popping, add the rest of your quinoa, making sure it's in a single layer and let it pop. Stir frequently to prevent burning.