These look like brownies don't you think? Well they could certainly pass for one but the secret is QUINOA!! You cook some up and boy you can do some many things with it. I've made a bunch of quinoa salad recipes with it and lately have been enjoying baking with it. It is gluten free and works really well when combining it with other fabulous ingredients.
This recipe takes only about 10 minutes to put together and bakes for about 45 minutes but once you make it you've got a great grab-n- go snack for your family!
Mix some wonderful ingredients together in your blender or food processor and bake it like this or add some toppings!
Here I added some grain sweetened chocolate chips and roasted sunflowers. Dried fruit and chopped nuts would be fantastic. These are only slightly sweet on their own without chocolate chips so if your family is used to sweeter snacks you may want to add in some stevia. But my family enjoyed it like this. 🙂
They hold their shape well and you can easily take them to go. They aren't dry like the texture of a granola bar, but if my picky 12 year old liked them I think ANY kid will. My son is surely HARD to please!
P.S. I NEVER told him they were quinoa bars. He knows only the name chocolate baked bars to go!
YUM! Enjoy some and then store in the fridge.
Wrapping individually with plastic wrap ensures they won't stick together, makes it easier to handle and it's perfect to pack into lunches as well.
*adapted from WholeFoodsMarket.com
*Check this post if you are not sure how to cook your quinoa
I've adapted this recipe to be completely SUGAR-FREE as well as in the CROCK POT! Check it out here: CROCK POT SUGAR-FREE CHOCOALTE QUINOA BROWNIES!
- ½ cup raw almonds*
- 1-½ cups almond milk*, unsweetened (or milk of choice)
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup applesauce*, unsweetened
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup flaxseed meal*
- optional: ½ teaspoon liquid chocolate stevia, ¼ cup chocolate chips, ½ cup sunflower seeds, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, dried chopped fruit
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Chop your almonds in your blender or food processor.
- Add your pitted dates and almond milk in a high powdered blender or food processor (slowly, a few at a time).
- Add chia seeds, applesauce, cocoa and salt and blend until smooth.
- Transfer to a bowl and add your cooked quinoa and flaxseed meal.
- Prepare an 8 by 8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray or use parchment paper.
- Place your cocoa quinoa mixture into the prepared dish and spread evenly.
- Add optional toppings.
- Bake for 45 -60 minutes or until firmly set on top. Mine were perfect at 45.
- Let cool for 30 minutes before cutting into 12 squares.
- Keep refrigerated or wrap in plastic wrap and freeze.
Other Baked Quinoa recipes you might like:
- Baked Quinoa Bites from SFM
- Quinoa Spinach Bake from The Healthy Apple
- Fruity Baked Quinoa from SFM
- Baked Quinoa Pudding with Raisins from Simply Gluten& Sugar Free
- Mini Zucchini Quinoa Cheese Bites from SFM
Great dish but can you clarify, is it 2 cups measured AFTER you cook the quinoa or do you measure it before you cook it? Thanks
It's 2 cups after it is cooked.
I have these baking right now for my toddler's morning breakfast! So excited for him to try them, hopefully he enjoys it! He just recently turned 2, and thus we have entered the infamous "terrible twos". My previously fantastic eater has not become a picky pain in the butt and I'm desperately trying to find things he will eat besides cheerios. Due to his sudden picky-ness, I'm also trying to pack in as much protein, fat, and nutritious ingredients into everything. I'm trying this tonight with some modification for his diet :quinoa cooked in "super milk" and coconut oil, half homemade coconut milk and half "super milk", almonds and walnuts, raisins, shredded coconut, and a very ripe banana. Thanks for a great recipe!
what could you sub for the dates? raisins?
Raisins might work, let me know if you try it!
Any one have suggestions for these WITHOUT FLAX. I deathly allergic and don't know what to add/subtract to make up for it.
Did you find an alternative to flax because Im making them for a party and friend is allergic as well. If so, please please please share your secret??
My daughter has a fructose allergy so we can't do applesauce. Can I substitute oil or is there something healthier you can suggest? Thanks!
Hi just wondering if you did find a way to substitute the apple sauce as I can't have it either...?
Gluten free shop
Somehow I dont like chia seeds, can there be some good alternative to this.
Can you provide other recipes that you use chia seeds in? I found them at the store but they were super expensive. I could justify it if I could use them in more than 1 recipe. Thanks!
Here's a chia seed almond pudding recipe: https://www.sugarfreemom.com/recipes/chocolate-chia-almond-pudding-dairy-free-sugar-free/ and here's a No bake overnight mango chia oat recipe: https://www.sugarfreemom.com/recipes/no-bake-overnight-chia-mango-oats-naturally-sweetened/ and here's a no bake chocolate peanut butter chia oat recipe: https://www.sugarfreemom.com/recipes/no-bake-chocolate-peanut-butter-chia-oats/
These look to be just the snack for me! My only variations would be unsweetened rice milk and unsweetened carob chips. I need to purchase some chia seeds and flaxseed meal for the recipe, and some liquid stevia too ... just to have it available for all sorts of treats.
The Healthy Apple
These look fabulous!!!
I followed the recipe to a tee except I didn't have applesauce on hand and I substituted for equivalent amount of greek yogurt (which wouldn't be the source of my problem). I cooked for 50 minutes and cooled for an hour and the end result is that it is still as soft as batter- sloppy in fact :S I used 2 full cups of cooked quinoa, but when I poured batter in 8X8 pan doesn't look at all like yours does in picture. It almost was as though I needed more quinoa...
Did anyone else have this problem??
I had a similar problem... they've been in the oven forever and they are still like gooey batter in the middle...