Sunday, January 15, 2012

80--- Quinoa Breakfast Bars

Quinoa is a fantastic way to start your day! Full of fiber and protein, this grain will keep you feeling satisfied and give you a slow release of energy until lunchtime!

These bars are a quick way to make sure that you get some breakfast in!! Your kids will love them too!  Kind of like a muffin......kind of like a cookie. 

Quinoa Breakfast Bars
Makes 6 bars (easily doubled)

3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 Tbsp white sugar
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp molasses
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup dried cranberries or blueberries
1/2 cup slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray an 8x8" baking dish with cooking spray. Mix together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.  In another bowl, use a hand mixer to combine applesauce, sugars, molasses, egg and vanilla.  Slowly add flour mixture, mixing as you add.  Fold in quinoa, oats, cranberries and almonds.  Pour mixture into baking dish.

Bake for 10-14 minuts, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.  Cut bars into six even slices and serve.

Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Info per one bar: 180 calories, 4.5 g fat, 5.5 g protein, 27 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber


  1. GREAT! I'm always looking for recipes like this for breakfast on the go. Thanks so much!

  2. I made these yesterday, and they are delicious! (I happened to have all the ingredients already on hand, including the already-cooked quinoa, so I decided it was a sign that I needed to make them.) Had one for breakfast this morning on my way rushing out the door at 9 a.m., and it filled me up until nearly 2 p.m. Unheard of.

  3. If you have not made these yet, today is the day to do so. They are so easy to make and are so good. My husband flipped over them. They aren't just for breakfast; they make a wonderful afternoon snack when you need a lift to get you through the day. Thank you for sharing, Lindsay.

  4. Do you know what the sugar content is? I would love to make these without making my blood sugars spike! Thank you for the recipe!