When you’re craving a less-than-healthy snack, quinoa protein bars are a great way to satisfy that craving while maintaining your healthy diet. This delectable snack combines quinoa and dark chocolate, as well as other superfoods, to create a tasty treat that is 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!
Quinoa is one of the most versatile superfoods you can eat. Superfoods are natural, unprocessed foods that are low in calories and high in nutrients. They help the body fight disease and provide it with what it needs to be in excellent health.
To create a little variety or to accommodate any food allergies, sunflower butter and pumpkin seeds are great alternatives to peanut butter and almonds. And the dates keep the bars moist without providing a distinct flavour. For a little variety, add the chocolate chips directly to the mixture instead of melting them and drizzling on top.
- 1/3 cup quinoa, pre-rinsed
- 2/3 cup water
- 16 whole (pitted) dates, no sugar added
- 1/2 cup raw almonds with skin
- 1/3 cup natural crunchy peanut butter (almond butter is an option)
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
TIP: Make this recipe into 20 Quinoa Protein Bites at about 1″ each, and you’ve got a snack that’s under 100 calories!
Add quinoa and water to a small saucepan, cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook approximately 15 minutes or until all water has been absorbed. Cool to room temperature and refrigerate at least 2 hours…overnight will work.
Using a food processor or high powered blender, add dates and pulse until they form a ball. Remove dates and place in a medium mixing bowl. Add almonds to the food processor and pulse until finely minced. Be careful not to turn the almonds into mill. Add dates, almonds, peanut butter and cold quinoa to the food processor and pulse until ingredients are well combined. Return ingredients to the mixing bowl, shape into 6 – 2″ x 1″ bars, about 1″ thickness. Place on a dish, refrigerate until chocolate is set.
In a small saucepan, add chocolate chips and honey…melt over low heat or in a double-boiler. Evenly spread a thin layer of chocolate over the top of each protein bar, return to the refrigerator and allow chocolate to harden. Bars can be stored in an airtight container for several days.
Optional, omit the honey and add chocolate chips to the food processor when adding the quinoa.
Nutritional Analysis: 8 bars | serving size: 1 bar | Calories: 376 | Total Fat: 13 g | Sodium: 3 mg | Carbohydrates: 63 g | Dietary fiber: 10 g | Protein: 14 g |
NOTE: The fats in our Quinoa Protein Bars are healthy fats primarily from the almonds. The calories are mostly from the dates, which is one of nature’s sweetest foods. You will find only natural, unrefined sugars in this recipe which contains 4 superfoods- quinoa, dates, almonds and dark chocolate.