chocolate + quinoa energy bars


These were born from an experiment trying to duplicate a deliciously addictive, albeit ridiculously expensive, crunchy quinoa snack product I recently purchased.  Two attempts later, this is what I got.  Close in flavor, completely different in texture, I'm good with it.  In fact, I like that you can easily tuck one into your bag for an energy emergency.  Even better, they are packed with solid nutrition and a decent amount of protein but still manage to have the depth of a dark chocolate brownie. They make for the perfect pre-work out snack or afternoon dip.

chocolate + quinoa energy bars

makes about 16 bars

1.5 c cooked quinoa

1 c toasted oats

3/4 c semi-sweet dark chocolate chips

1 c walnuts

1/2 c roasted salted pumpkin seeds

1/4 chia seeds

2 T cacao powder

2 T coconut oil

2 T maple syrup

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/2 t salt

Heat your oven to 350º and line a rimmed 9" x 13" baking pan with parchment paper. Mix the toasted oats and quinoa in a bowl.  Using a food processor or vitamix, pulse together the nuts, chocolate, seeds and cacao powder, keeping things on the slightly crunchy side of smooth.  Add the eggs and pulse until combined.  Melt the coconut oil and maple syrup together in a small sauce pan. Mix everything together and spread evenly onto prepared baking sheet.  Bake for about 30-40 minutes, until firm and no longer wet looking.  Let cool in the pan completely before cutting.  They will keep well in an airtight container for up to a week but they won't last that long.

chocolate and quinoa energy bars
chocolate and quinoa energy bars