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Quinoa Breakfast Bars

Description

These protein-packed, gluten-free and only slightly sweetened bars are a healthy, grab-and-go snack or breakfast item. This recipe is easy and endlessly customizable — a “kitchen sink” recipe. Dried, fresh or frozen fruit, coconut, seeds, nuts … throw them all into the mix! You can’t go to wrong, as long as you don’t add so many extras that the mixture is as dense as wet concrete. These bars can be made in advance and last for days in the refrigerator.

— Maribeth Evezich, MSN ('06), RD, CDN, Bastyr alumnus and blogger at Wholefoodsexplorer.com

Ingredients

3 cup
quinoa, cooked and completely cooled
1 cup
rolled oats (gluten-free or regular)
1⁄2 tsp
salt
1 cup
berries, fresh or frozen (or other fruit chopped into 1/4-inch chunks)
1⁄2 cup
raw nuts or seeds (optional) (chopped walnuts, almonds or pumpkin seeds work well)
6  
eggs, beaten
1⁄2 cup
rice or almond milk
1⁄2 cup
organic brown rice sugar or raw honey
2 tsp
vanilla extract
4 tsp
cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375º F.
  2. Line a baking pan with lightly greased parchment paper.
  3. Combine cooked quinoa, oats and salt in a large mixing bowl. Mix until well combined. Add in the fruit and nuts or seeds (optional).
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs.
  5. Add almond or rice milk, brown sugar or honey, vanilla extract and cinnamon to the egg mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. If using raw honey, heating it slightly will make blending easier.
  6. Add the egg mixture to the quinoa mixture and stir to combine. The batter will be very thick. Pour into the parchment-lined baking dish and distribute evenly.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden and set.
  8. Invert to a baking rack to cool as quickly as possible.
  9. When cool, cut and serve alone or with nut butter.
  10. Store bars refrigerated in an air-tight container.

Notes

See the vegan version as well.

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Quinoa breakfast bars on plate
Yield
Bars
SourceCourtesy Maribeth Evezich, MSN ('06), RD, CDN, via her blog wholefoodsexplorer.com
Prep time
20 minutes
Cooking time
30 minutes
Total time
50 minutes