All Natural Quinoa Protein Energy Bars

All Natural Quinoa Protein Energy Bars
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This All Natural Protein Bar recipe makes for a nutritionally dense snack that packs a punch when it comes to fighting off cravings or a growling belly.

These are high in protein, thanks to the quinoa, the almond or peanut butter, flax, and sunflower seeds – the best part is that each are all natural protein sources. There’s no need for any crazy powders or supplements when you snack on one of these before or after a workout.

Ingredients
1 Cup Quinoa, uncooked
2 Cups Oatmeal
3/4 Cup Honey
3/4 Cup Almond or Peanut Butter
¼ Cup Flax Seeds
¼ Cup Sunflower Seeds
2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Salt
2 ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
½ Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
(All measurements for these items are for full, not-yet ground ingredients)

How to
Spread the oatmeal out on a cookie sheet in a thin layer. Toast in the oven at 350º for 15 minutes.

While you’re waiting for the oats turn a toasty brown, ground your raw quinoa and flax seeds. Grinding the flax seeds will help your body digest them so that you get the most nutritional benefit. Both of them will yield a significantly larger amount ground than they did whole; choose a large mixing bowl and add in both of these items, as well as the cinnamon, salt, and seeds. Once the oats are ready, you will add them in with the rest of the dry ingredients & mix well.

In a saucepan, use low-medium heat to melt the peanut (or almond) butter and honey together until they have a nice smooth consistency. Add in the vanilla stir again.

Take the honey-nut butter sauce and pour it into the mixing bowl of dry ingredients and start mixing them together. The consistency is going to be very thick & you may feel as though you are just pressing it all together; that’s normal, just make sure that you are mixing it all well. If you need to, wet your hands slightly and use them to make sure that the ingredients are completely melded together.

Line a pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper – use a smaller pan (8x8) for thicker, more stout Quinoa Protein Bars and a larger pan (9x12) for a thinner snack.

Press the mix into the pan, using your fingers to apply pressure so that the surface is moderately even.

Melt the dark chocolate using low-medium heat, watching carefully and stirring often (it happens quick!).

Use a spatula to spread a thin layer of the melted chocolate onto your quinoa and seed bars.

Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes and your healthy snack bar is ready to eat.


Nutrition Information
(Assuming the pan of protein bars is cut into 15 sections)
Calories: 240
Total Fat: 10 g
Saturated Fat: 2.3 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 140 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 34 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.7 g
Sugars: 17 g
Protein: 8 g

There are lots of tasty variations that you can make on this fiber and protein filled all natural energy bar.

For example, you could bump up the cinnamon content or choose another spice that you like to flavor the snack. You could also substitute your favorite nut butter for either or the ones recommended above. Another easy modification would be to add different kinds of seeds and grains. You can also skip the dark chocolate topping (crazy talk, right?) in order to shave off some extra calories.

Comments

prettyklassy Blender Account

I love this recipe, made another batch in a 8 x 8 pan so there dense Protein bars. Ill never go back to store brought protein after tasting these bars^ Thank you

lcm Blender Account

Can't wait to try these!!! General question: what is your take on carbs? I am finding them pretty hard to avoid...

fitness blender Blender Account

@pretyklassy - They are very tasty, glad you liked them! @icm - You do NOT want to avoid carbs. They are part of a healthy diet and are responsible for providing you with energy & the fuel for brain function. Don't avoid them :)

yanine Blender Account

If fitness blender keeps this up. all the gym personal trainers will run out of business! :D Keep up the good work! I'm dying to try this recipe especially for a before-workout snack. Thanks for the recipes!

littlesaz Blender Account

mmmm... these are awesome!! I used a thin layer of organic 85% dark chocolate on the top & also used all natural, organic peanut butter. Great recipe , thanks FB!

dmk310 Blender Account

Is there any substitute for the oatmeal in the recipe? Oatmeal always seems to do a number on my stomach.

ritycel Blender Account

Sounds good but is raw quinoa digestible? How do you grind it?

vap Blender Account

any way to cut down on the sugar content? Or is that just a result of the honey?

luvrun28 Blender Account

You can use agave syrup instead of honey!

shivani72 Blender Account

Ah I can't wait to try this! However I had a question, I have changed my eating habits and I've been eating clean for a long time now with some occasional treats. But when I see these "healthy low fat" recipes they always contain almond butter, honey, or maple syrup. I probably sound naive but aren't these high in fat? I understand these have minerals or other healthy things but sometimes when I am really trying to eat clean I don't see how such ingredients can help us lose fat :(

fenja_74 Blender Account

That's a great recipe! I had my doubts because for a German it seems really strange to measure all that stuff by volume instead of weight, and of course we use the metric system. But I did the maths and just hoped for all those abstract numbers to make sense. Halfway through the process I was absolutely convinced I had messed it up, but in the end it all turned out well.
I used a pizza cutter to cut the bars while the whole thing was still warm, which worked nicely.
The bars look pretty neat, they are neither too soft nor too crumbly, and they taste just delicious!
Thank you once again!

maya47 Blender Account

Can you help me out please :-) Should I add the quinoa raw or cook it before? what should I do with flax seeds? what is grinding? thanks for help.

iamwhoiam Blender Account

What is the life of these and do they freeze well?
I don't have all the ingredients for them so I can't try right now, but they sound really good.

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