These puffed quinoa, date & peanut butter bars are a healthy snack packed with ingredients to give you long-lasting energy!

puffed quinoa, date & peanut butter bars

A healthy no-bake granola bar

These puffed quinoa, date & peanut butter bars are the answer to when you need a quick breakfast on the go, something for that 3 pm 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.

When that afternoon slump hits, these bars are a SAVIOUR! (Thank you bars, thank you!!) Needless to say, I’m a big fan of energy balls & energy bars for when hanger strike! (Because getting hangry is a real thing!)

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • These bars require no oven, no baking, and can be mixed up in one bowl for a super quick and easy granola bar recipe!
  • They are refined sugar-free, vegan and gluten-free and loaded with superfoods and protein.
  • The Medjool dates add a delicious caramel-like flavour and act as a binding agent in these bars so they stick together.
  • These bars can be stored in the fridge for several weeks, and freeze well.
a stack of 4 puffed quinoa bars on a white plate

How to make these puffed quinoa, date & peanut butter bars

These bars are 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. 

Here’s how to make them:

  1. Pulse the dates in a food processor until it forms a paste.
  2. Add melted peanut butter cinnamon and vanilla to the food processor and pulse until combined.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and pulse just until everything is mixed together.
  4. Transfer to an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper and place in the fridge to set.
four puffed quinoa bars stacked

Recipe tips and variations

  • These puffed quinoa, date & peanut butter bars start with a base of Medjool dates. Medjool dates are 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 aren’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 or any nut butter will work just fine! I’ve tried these with almond butter too and they are also delicious! 
  • 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!
  • If you can’t find puffed quinoa, you can substitute it with puffed rice.
  • 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

Other healthy snacks to try

three puffed quinoa bars stacked on a plate with a napkin in the background

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Recipe adapted from green kitchen stories

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puffed quinoa, date & peanut butter bars

Puffed quinoa, date and peanut butter bars

  • Author: Jess
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bars 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These healthy energy bars will be your new bestie when hunger strikes!


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Blend the dates in a food processor until they form a paste.
  2. 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.
  3. Add the puffed quinoa, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and chopped almonds and pulse just until everything is combined. (Do not overmix!)
  4. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and transfer the bar mixture into the pan.
  5. Use your hands to press the mixture down evenly into the pan.
  6. Place in the fridge to set for 2 hours.
  7. Remove and cut into bars.
  8. Store bars in a container in the fridge.

Notes

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!


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 210
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 19g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 7g

Keywords: healthy granola bars recipe, homemade energy bars

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