These Chocolate Puffed Quinoa Bars are rich in protein and healthy fats. They're easy to make and a delicious, wholesome snack!
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Chocolate Puffed Quinoa Bars

These Chocolate Puffed Quinoa Bars are rich in protein and healthy fats.  They're easy to make and a delicious, wholesome snack!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: puffed quinoa bars
Servings: 12 Bars
Calories: 190kcal
Author: Priyanka

Ingredients

  • 1 cup puffed quinoa*
  • 1 cup nut butter
  • 15 soft pitted dates processed to a pulp
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds and pistachios chopped
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp coconut flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 3.5 oz dark chocolate
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped pistachios for garnish

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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.

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.4g | Protein: 4.9g | Fat: 9.3g | Saturated Fat: 4.7g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 2.9g | Sugar: 11.2g | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg