No-Bake Peanut Butter Quinoa Granola Bars

No-bake peanut butter quinoa granola bars is a staple at our house. We probably make it once a week. I love having these granola bars around because they are the perfect snack. I work from home and whenever I want something to eat I do not always have the time to make something. I can cut off a piece from the pan for something quick. Well, to be honest, I don’t cut off a piece, then I would have to clean the knife (I’m lazy) I just grab and go.

This recipe has been modified from a no-bake granola bar post I found. I did try a few variations and making them this way is by far the best. If you see any ingredients you don’t like – no worries. Just substitute with something you do. The recipe is extremely customizable.

You can print the recipe at the bottom of the post.

Enjoy!

No-Bake Peanut Butter Quinoa Granola Bars

No-Bake Peanut Butter Quinoa Granola Bars

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: minutes

Total: 15 minutes

Servings: 20 bars

Ingredients: 

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter (not all natural)
1/2 cup honey
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 cups quick cooking oats (not rolled oats)
3 cups cooked quinoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped honey dates
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Optional: Any other fillings. For example dried cranberries or raisins.

Directions:

In a large bowl, stir oats and cooked quinoa together. Set aside. Check out this post on How To Cook Quinoa if needed.

In a small pot, melt butter, peanut butter honey and brown sugar together over medium high heat until it comes to a bubble. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 1/2-2 minutes. Pour in vanilla and stir. I like to turn off the heat and let the mixture cool for a minute or two. Hot peanut butter hurts. Trust me.

In a large bowl pour over dry ingredients and mix well to moisten evenly. I like to use the bowl for my stand mixture because it cleans up easily and is more than big enough. Pour into lightly greased small rectangular pan {about 12x8x1} and press out to be about 3/4 inch in thickness. Make sure to really pack t down.

Sprinkle with chocolate chips and press them into the bars lightly. Put in the refrigerator to cool.  Cool on a countertop to room temperature for two hours or until the chocolate chips are set before cutting into bars. Wrap in parchment or plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

Suggestion:

The recipe I modified states to “cool on a countertop to room temperature for two hours or until the chocolate chips are set before cutting into bars. Wrap in parchment or plastic wrap and store at room temperature”. I’ve never done this. I always just put in the fridge and haven’t had an issue.

The recipe above will make a soft and chewy bar. If you want a firmer granola bar use 4 cups of oats and 2 cups of quinoa.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Quinoa Granola Bars

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  1. Steph June 22, 2015

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