No-bake quinoa protein bars are a perfect alternative to store-bought bars. They are vegan, gluten-free, date-sweetened, and easy to make, too.
- 2/3 cup packed, pitted dates
- 1/3 cup unsweetened natural nut or seed butter (e.g., peanut, sunflower, almond)
- 1/8 tsp fine sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking rolled oats (GF, if needed)
- 1 cup cooked, cooled quinoa (see note below)
- 1/3 cup coarsely chopped toasted walnuts
- 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips (GF, if needed)
- Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil.
- In food processor, pulse the dates until finely chopped. Add nut butter, salt and vanilla; process until blended. Add the oats, cooled quinoa, and walnuts; pulse until mixture forms a dough. Add chocolate chips; pulse 1 or 2 times to just combine.
- Press mixture into prepared pan (use a large piece of wax paper or plastic wrap to smooth and spread mixture flat).
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Using foil liner, lift mixture from pan and transfer to a cutting board. Peel off foil and cut into 12 bars.
To prepare the quinoa: In a small saucepan, combine 1/3 cup quinoa (rinsed) and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until water is almost absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, fluff with a fork, and cool completely.
Storage: Individually wrap the bars and store in an airtight container for up to 1 week in the refrigerator OR the freezer for up to 1 month (thaw at room temperature).
- Category: Snack
- Method: No-Bake
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 bar
- Calories: 211
- Sugar: 17.3 g
- Sodium: 138 mg
- Fat: 7.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 35.5 g
- Fiber: 4.5 g
- Protein: 7 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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