I love experimenting with different flavors for granola bars and protein bars. I recently got sent some puffed quinoa and I immediately thought of protein bars. I got a free sample sent to me from Arden Mills and I love the flavor and texture. It’s like a puffed rice cereal but miniature. It’s perfect for protein bars.
I think you could really get unique with these bars. Whatever sounds good to you like macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc can be added to these. They remind me of a healthy scotcharoo. Here is what I put in my first batch and you can take it from there.
I dumped my dry ingredients into a bowl. 1 cup nutty rice (I get mine off amazon since the local health food store stopped carrying it), 1 1/2 cups puffed quinoa, 1/4 cup hemp seeds, 2 tbsp chia seeds. Mix all of these dry ingredients to combine and set aside.
Now you will make your “glue”. In a heat safe glass bowl add 1 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup “real” maple syrup, 1/2 tsp salt. Put this in the microwave for about 20 seconds until it’s warm and pourable. Add to dry ingredients and mix till everything is nice and coated in the “peanut butter glue”. Pour into a parchment lined baking dish and press into dish till everything is nice and flat and compacted.
Next you need the best part. The chocolate topping. Now this is your own personal preference but for me it’s dark chocolate. I use at least a 72% dark chocolate. You will need roughly 6oz. of chocolate. If you want a thicker chocolate layer just melt a few more ounces. Chop chocolate into small pieces so it melts quicker. Melt chocolate in microwave for 30 seconds then add 1 tbsp. Peanut butter and melt another 30 seconds. Stir till everything is combined and pour over quinoa bars.
Let sit in the fridge for about an hour to set or if your like me cut yourself a chunk and THEN put it in the fridge to set ;).
- 1 cup Nutty Rice
- 1½ cup Puffed Quinoa
- ¼ cup Hemp seeds
- 2 tbsp. Chia Seeds
- 1 cup Peanut Butter
- ½ cup Maple Syrup
- ½ tsp Salt
- 6 oz. Dark Chocolate
- 1 tbsp. Peanut Butter
- Combine all dry ingredients together and mix well.
- Melt 1 cup peanut butter, maple syrup, and salt into microwave safe dish and heat in microwave for 20 seconds till runny.
- Pour over all dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Press into a 9x9 baking dish lined with parchment paper
- Melt dark chocolate and peanut butter in microwave and then pour over pressed quinoa bars.
- Set in refrigerator for 1 hour then enjoy