These puffed quinoa, date & peanut butter bars are a healthy snack packed with ingredients to give you
The day of “oh my gosh there’s a entire week ahead of me and so many things to do and is it Friday yet!? SOS!’
Yup. pretty much sums up Monday’s. A busy day for most of us and one where we can use as much energy as we can get to get us through the day. So today I have a recipe designed specially to help get you through your Monday. Because we could all use a little help sometimes!
These puffed quinoa, date & peanut butter bars are the answer to when you need a quick breakfast on the go, something for that 3pm slump, or just something to give you enough energy to make it through your evening workout. These bars are the real deal.
I like to make a batch of these on Sunday for food prep and have them in the fridge ready to go for the week ahead. For me, when that afternoon slump hits, these are my SAVIOUR! (Thank you bars, thank you!!) Needless to say, I’m a big fan of energy balls & energy bars for when hanger strike! (Getting hangry is a real thing!)
They’re made with ingredients designed to keep you fuelled, and not spike your blood sugar. (like reaching for a cookie or candy bar) They balance carb, protein and fat so you’ll feel completely satisfied after eating one AND it’ll tie you over until your next meal.
A few notes on the recipe:
These puffed quinoa, date & peanut butter bars start with a base of Medjool dates. Medjool dates and big and sweet, and have a much sticker consistency than a regular date. This makes them the perfect binder for the granola bars to stick together. If you have a box of Medjool dates that isn’t fresh, they might be a little dry. If this is the case, soak your dates in hot water for 2 minutes, then drain and proceed with the recipe. (This will make sure they are nice and sticky!)
I use natural peanut butter for this recipe, but creamy peanut butter
You can find puffed quinoa at most health food stores or online. Do not use regular quinoa! This is not the same as puffed quinoa! Puffed quinoa is similar to puffed rice, which can be substituted in the recipe if needed.
If there are any additional mix-ins you love, feel free to add them in! These would be delicious with some chocolate chips, dried blueberries or shredded coconut!
These puffed quinoa, date & peanut butter bars are:
- Sweetened naturally with dates
- Vegan & gluten-free
- Balanced with ingredients to give you long-lasting energy! (woohoo!)
Make up a batch of these bars on your food prep day and keep them stored in the fridge for whenever hunger strikes! Recipe adapted from green kitchen stories.Print
These healthy energy bars will be your new bestie when hunger strikes!
- Blend the dates in a food processor until they form a paste.
- Melt the peanut butter in a small saucepan or microwave and add it to the food processor, along with the vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt. Pulse until well combined.
- Add the puffed quinoa, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and chopped almonds and pulse just until everything is combined. (Do not overmix!)
- Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and transfer the bar mixture into the pan.
- Use your hands to press the mixture down evenly into the pan.
- Place in the fridge to set for 2 hours.
- Remove and cut into bars.
- Store bars in a container in the fridge.
You can use natural or creamy peanut butter for these bars
You want to make sure your Medjool dates are fresh and sticky. If they are dry, soak them in hot water for 2 minutes, then drain and proceed with the recipe.
Add any additional mix in you like to these. Chocolate chips, dried fruits, or nuts!
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