These Quinoa Chia Seed Protein Bars make the perfect healthy snack. This gluten free protein bar recipe will leave the whole family smiling.
Hi everyone! My name is Danielle Krueger, and I am the writer, photographer, recipe developer and taste tester over at The Lean Clean Eating Machine. I am so honored that Wendy contacted me to do a guest post for her! When I checked out all of the fabulous recipes already featured, I just knew there was no way I could say no, but I’ll be honest, coming up with an original quinoa recipe to present you all with was no easy task. I wanted to bring you something slightly out of the norm in terms of how quinoa is typically used, and after several experiments and many messes later, I feel pretty confident with what I was able to come up with! These Quinoa Chia Seed Protein Bars are amazing.
As someone who is always on the lookout for convenient forms of plant-based protein, the one thing I have struggled to find time and time again was a good tasting, all-natural protein bar that didn’t contain all of the unnecessary sweeteners, gluten or dairy found in most store bought brands. Often times, I find many of the protein bars on store shelves to be no more than glorified candy bars, but I knew there had to be a way to pack the same protein punch, without the preservatives, additives and other ingredients that make you say ‘huh?’
These Quinoa Chia Seed Protein Bars I created really came out a winner as far as meeting my perfect protein bar criteria! Taste-wise, they are delicious, with a chewy granola-like texture and a hint of subtle sweetness. As far as cooking is concerned, these bars are incredibly simple to throw together. With 11 ingredients total (including spices), and a short 15-minute baking time, there is absolutely no reason you shouldn’t give this recipe a try, unless, of course, you are allergic to nuts, in which case I would highly recommend you stay away (I promise to come up with something different for you)!
These protein bars contain only all-natural ingredients, and are also gluten free, dairy free and can be made vegan friendly. Additionally, each bar comes in at 275 calories with 10 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber.
Really, what more could you want in a protein bar? Healthy, filling and ultra satisfying, these protein bars will keep your energy levels high, while keeping your health on track.
- ½ cup dry quinoa (I used white, but you can use any variety)
- ½ cup chia seeds (I used black chia seeds, but any kind will work)
- 2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
- 1 cup rolled oats (gluten free)
- ¼ tsp. pink Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. cardamom
- ½ cup raw almonds; coarsely chopped
- 2 Tbsp. organic honey (use 100% pure maple syrup to make vegan)
- ¼ cup organic brown rice syrup
- ½ cup almond butter
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine quinoa, chia seeds, flax seed, rolled oats, cinnamon, salt, cardamom and chopped raw almonds. Stir to combine.
- In a small, microwave-safe dish, combine raw almond butter, organic brown rice syrup and honey. Stir to mix, then microwave for 1 minute to soften.
- Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir with a plastic spatula to thoroughly mix. Wet ingredients may begin to firm up, in which case you will need to use clean hands to knead the mixture together.
- When finished, transfer your mixture to a parchment lined baking dish (I used an 8 x 8 glass Pyrex dish), and pat down mixture with a plastic spatula to make a single, even layer.
- Bake on middle rack of oven for 15 minutes.
- When finished, remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
- After ten minutes, remove bars from the pan by lifting up the sides of the parchment paper. Place bars on a wire rack to finish cooling.
- Cut finished bars with a sharp, non-serrated knife or pizza cutter 4 times horizontally and 4 times vertically to create 8 bars total.
- Wrap cooled bars in saran wrap and store in refrigerator until ready to eat.
Hi, I’m Danielle, and I am the author, photographer and recipe developer behind The Lean Clean Eating Machine. Here you will find my natural, whole food recipes that I have created for those who are looking to leave artificial foods behind, without sacrificing taste in the process.
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