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Almond Butter Quinoa Breakfast Bars

Almond Butter Quinoa Breakfast Bars

I'm not so sure what to call these Almond Butter Quinoa Breakfast Bars, they could easily be a breakfast, dessert or snack. That's what makes this recipe so great, it is as delicious as it is healthy and easy to make. So if you are looking for either option you are in the right place. 

This bars are fairly healthy, they are made with ingredients that are easy on the belly, we are not adding any processed sugar and there's no oil in them. For this reason, you can snack on them through out the day and you'll get a nice little boost of energy that will hold you until your next meal. 

But don't be deceived, all this doesn't mean we are mission out on flavour, the complete opposite. First of all, we have a nutty creamy flavour from the almond butter and the crushed almonds, to spice it up we are using maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla, and to make it perfect, we are covering it with melted chocolate. 

It's super easy to make this recipe, and it will only take you 10 minutes to prepare the mixture before it goes in the oven. Before you start mixing your dry and wet ingredients, set your chia mixture so it has enough time to do its thing. Just put 1 tablespoon of chia seeds in a bowl with 3 tablespoons of water, the mixture will become a bit slimy, that's what we are after. 

Once you have the chia mix ready, mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, the wet ingredients in another bowl, then add the chia mixture and the wet ingredients to the dry ones, use a sturdy spoon or a spatula to do this. You will end up with a thick and chunky mixture. It might take a bit of work to spread on the baking sheet but try to make it as even as possible.

Lastly, add the melted chocolate. You can melt the chocolate in bowl and then spread it all over, or my preferred method, just add the chocolate chips on top of the baked bar, since it's coming straight out of the oven it will still be warm and it will melt the chips, spread it all over with a brush or a spatula.

If I am serving these bars as a dessert, I usually cut them into bigger pieces but if we are having them as a snack I go with smaller portions; it is entirely up to you, just make sure that before you slice your bar you've allowed enough time for it to completely cool down.

I love making this recipe every once in a while to treat myself and my family, they really enjoy having it as dessert, I usually just serve it as it is but you could pair it with a scoop of vegan ice cream. Personally, I make them so I have something to grab on the go when I'm craving something sweet and chocolaty. 

Ingredients
10
Prep time
10 minutes
Total time
Category: Snacks
Serves: 12
Allergens: Quinoa

Ingredients

For the wet ingredients

  • 12 cup almond butter
  • 14 cup maple syrup
  • 14 cup quinoa
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 34 cup water

For the dry ingredients

  • 1 tsp cinnamon ground
  • 14 cup crushed almonds (roasted)
  • 1 cup porridge oats
  • 12 tsp sea salt
  • 1 oz unflavoured sunwarrior protein powder

For the topping

  • 14 cup vegan chocolate chips

For the chia mix

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 tbsps water

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 degrees) and prepare a 8 x 8 inch (20 cm x 20 cm) baking dish with baking paper.
  2. Use a big bowl and mix the wet ingredients and another big bowl to mix the dry ingredients.
  3. Use a small bowl and to prepare the chia mix, set aside and let it gel up.
  4. Mix everything in a big bowl except the topping and add the batter to baking dish.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes and add the topping after baking, use a brush to equally spread the chocolate on top while it's hot.
  6. Alternatively you can melt the chocolate first before you add it.
  7. Let the bars completely cool down before you slice them.

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