34 comments already!

Yum
quinoa granola bars

I have love and hate relationship with granola bars. I love the convenience but hate how hard it is to make them healthy, and my kids like them at same time, right?! I also hate the cost of good granola bars. The only granola bars I buy are organic Taste of Nature. A box at Costco costs $18, ouch.

I do not eat granola bars myself, very rarely, but for kids they are perfect. I’m more of a protein bar girl.

quinoa granola bars

I came across this recipe on Pinterest and have made it with a few modifications. In fact, I made 5 batches to make sure my recipe works. Therefore, different pictures.

It was a lot of work to find a balance between the bars being low in sugar and yet stick together, and my kids like them. Quite a challenge, I’ll tell ya. I’d rather make 5 dinners instead.

quinoa granola bars

I added quinoa, steel cut oats, reduced chocolate chips and omitted brown sugar. These quinoa granola bars came out great: toasted, crunchy and sweet for my taste. I do not like overly sweet things.

And kids approved! Yes, that was important since these quinoa granola bars are not for me. Usually I get a big eye roll with almost any bars I make them try. You know, kids prefer shiny store wrappers to many things homemade. This time, I didn’t have to ask twice. I think they would like more chocolate chips, but I personally wouldn’t.

quinoa granola bars

You can get really creative with these quinoa granola bars. Replace steel cut oats with extra quick oats. Use your favourite nuts or seeds in place of almonds.

However, do not try to reduce the amount of brown rice syrup/honey and increase the egg whites in hopes of reducing sugars. That I tried and the bars wouldn’t hold together.

quinoa granola bars

These quinoa granola bars make a great snack, especially for school lunches. And especially if your child’s school is peanut-free facility. I usually store my bars in a long loaf pan inside the pantry. Then just pop in a small sandwich bag. Wrapping bars is too much work for me but you could. This recipe makes 16 bars, so you can stock up. You could also freeze some for later.

quinoa granola bars

Healthy Quinoa and Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Healthy Quinoa and Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and spread quick oats, quinoa, steel cuts oats and almonds on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 10 -15 minutes or until lightly brown, stirring occasionally. Remove from the oven, transfer to a large mixing bowl and let cool completely.
  2. Stir in flax seed, chocolate chips and salt into cooled oats. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg whites, add brown rice syrup/honey and coconut oil. Mix well to combine, pour over the dry ingredients and mix well again.
  3. Line 9 x 13 baking dish with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Transfer mixture into the baking dish and using spatula or wet hands press it firmly. You have to press really well for the bars to hold together! Bake for 30 minutes, remove from the oven and let cool completely. I usually let the bars cool in the pan for an hour and then, holding by the parchment paper flaps, transfer on a cooling rack for another hour or so. Cut into 16 bars.
  4. Storage Instructions: Store in a cool dry place for a few weeks or freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Notes

*Use certified gluten free oats to make the recipe gluten free. **Peanuts, hazelnuts or walnuts would work as well. ***Recipe by Just a Taste with a few adaptations.

http://ifoodreal.com/healthy-quinoa-and-chocolate-chip-granola-bars-recipe/

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 16

Amount Per Serving = 1 bar:
Calories: 277
Total Fat: 14.3 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 104.0 mg
Total Carbs: 32.3 g
Sugars: 10.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.4 g
Protein: 5.6 g
WW Points+: 7

This post may contain affiliate links. When you buy a product I make a small commission without any extra cost to you. In return, you can enjoy free recipes as well as savings on your favourite products. I also shared Clean Eating Ingredients I Buy and Kitchen Appliances +Tools I Use. Please buy local, organic and fair trade whenever feasible.

34 Comments

  1. Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine

    Those are so beautiful Olena. I’ve never though of adding uncooked quinoa to a baked good! I’ve been working on a cranberry buckwheat protein granola bar. — but I think I’ll have to try these too!

    Reply
    • Olena

      Thank you, Michelle. Oh, then you have been dealing with what I was dealing lol. I love roasted anything. Raw quinoa is awesome roasted. Buckwheat in bars sound interesting. I grew up on buckwheat and love it to death but would never think to add to a protein bar!

      Reply
  2. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

    Gah, I am so with you in the constant quest for the perfect granola bar for my kids too. I am such a label reader, and they all seem to be too high in sugar and calories for a snack. Not to mention the price! So these I can get behind. And I love the fact that they are kid approved!

    Reply
    • Olena

      Yep. Here I am, waving at you, a crazy label reader. I know, it’s a challenge. Plus with these kids who are hard to feed…life is hard lol. By I seriously like Taste of Nature the best! They even fall apart a bit which means not so high in sugar.

      Reply
  3. Francine

    Second time I’ve made these and they turned out a treat again. I cut them into vary small portion sizes so my calories for a snack aren’t too high. They just hit the spot thank you.

    Reply
    • Olena

      Yay! That is a good idea to cut into smaller portions. You can do whatever you feel is right for you.:) Enjoy!:)

      Reply
  4. Francine

    This is a staple in our household at the moment. I have come up with some variations:
    Add two teaspoons of Ras El hanout and a little cracked pepper and a touch more salt and half the amount of rice malt syrup. This makes for a not so sweet aromatic treat. Also I cut mine into 32 pieces. Calories per treat a bit less then.
    Replaced chos chips with chopped dates.
    Thank you thank you so much for a great recipe because I am a quinoa fan. BTW I pay $17/18 aud per kilo here in Australia. Is it that expensive in the US?

    Reply
    • Olena

      Interesting. What is Ras El hanout? I’m surprised your bars are holding together with less brown rice syrup. Quinoa is expensive in the US and Canada too unless you buy it in bulk. I pay $20 for 4 lbs at Costco.

      Reply
      • Francine

        Ras El hanout is a Middle Eastern spice mix. I use Shane delia’s recipe. He is on SBS channel and has a restaurant in Melbourne which is amazing.
        The spice mix mainly consists of cinnamon, star anise, cardamom, all spice etc…. Roasted then ground to a powder. Just having ANOTHER slice with cuppa tea. Yum !

        Reply
        • Olena

          Never heard of it. Maybe my husband will know, I will ask him. He used to live in the Middle East although wasn’t cooking there. Just like here in Canada now lol.

          Reply
  5. Mel

    Oh, and I don’t have ground flax seed. Is there a substitute for it or I can just omit it?

    Reply
    • Olena

      I haven’t tried to omit flax seeds and they act a bit like a binder in this recipe. I recommend if you omit it, use all quick cooking oats (not steel cut). It might be OK but I honestly don’t know…

      Reply
  6. Meriah Renaud

    I just made theses and they are absolutely amazing! so much better than the store bought crap where you can’t even read half the stuff in them! I have added craisins and peanuts to mine! These bars are going to become a major snack in my diet ! Amazing !

    Reply
    • Olena

      Awesome. Whenever I don’t have time to make granola bars I buy Taste of Nature or Nature’s Path for kids. No crap guaranteed. All other Quaker, Natural Valley etc. in that aisle are chemical experiments.

      Reply
  7. Desiray

    I made these tonight and they taste delicious. The only thing I did different was use two large eggs instead of egg whites. However, when I went to cut them several of them fell apart. Do you have any suggestions so this won’t happen next time? My kids really like the way they taste, I would just rather have them a bar than crumbs.

    Reply
    • Olena

      The only way to make bars stick better together would be to add more sugar. I found with these bars it also depends on a T outside how well they stick. I would cool them down and store in a fridge…

      Reply
  8. Olivia

    My husband doesn’t like quinoa, could I just use more steel cut or regular rolled oats?

    Reply
  9. Deb

    Another big hit! My family LOVES these bars! They are one of the first granola bar recipes I’ve tried that actually hold together, cut well and hold up. I may double the recipe next time to make a thicker bar, but that is all I would change. Delicious!!!

    Reply

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1.  Vegan Peanut Butter Quinoa Bars - Simply Quinoa
  2.  Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars - Simply Quinoa
  3.  35 In Between Meal Snacks - The Almond Eater
  4.  20 Healthy Quinoa Recipes for Back-to-School - Simply Quinoa
  5.  Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Quinoa Bars | Simply Quinoa
  6.  Apple Pie Quinoa Breakfast Bars - Simply Quinoa
  7.  Kick Start The New Year #6: 15 Healthy Homemade Snacks - Dollop of Yum

Leave a Comment

  • (will not be published)