Berry Almond Quinoa Breakfast Bars

For a while I have wanted to try one of these quinoa bakes that people are making.  I’ve seen sweet and savoury ones–but I am definitely a sweet over savoury person, so I opted for sweet!  I couldn’t find a recipe I liked that I had all of the ingredients for, so I totally winged it. They turned out quite tasty! But I love quinoa, so I may be biased.  These are perfect for the morning or for post-workout– quinoa is a complete protein, plus they have protein powder and berries!

Check it out:

 

Berry Almond Quinoa Bake

Makes 16 bars

Ingredients

– Bars

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (cooked in water, then measure)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup almond meal/flour
  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein
  • 1/4 cup xylitol (or stevia)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (almond breeze)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk (coconut dream)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
– Topping
  • 2 cups frozen berries/fruit of your choice
  • 1/4 cup xylitol (or stevia)

1. Cook quinoa.  I cooked 1 cup quinoa in 1.5 cups water.  Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover halfway.  In 10 minutes you will have the perfect quinoa.  (Cred to Tosca Reno for this method!) Note: This makes quite a bit more than 2 cooked cups, so measure appropriately.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a pan with non-stick cooking spray, or line with parchment paper. I used a 7×11 pan– 8×8, 9×9, etc should work fine as well. (Parchment paper worked great because I was able to remove the entire bake at once and then cut it up easily).

3. Combine all ingredients for bars in a large bowl and mix well.

4. Spread batter evenly on the bottom of the pan.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.

5.  While the bars are cooking, heat the berries/fruit in a non-stick frying pan. When the berries are heated through, mash the berries and add the xylitol.

6.  Spread the berry/fruit topping evenly over the bars and refrigerate to set topping; about an hour. Serve!

This is Josh approved so it must be pretty decent!  Here are the approximate stats as per Calorie Count!

Pretty good!

Quinoa seems to be a love it or hate it kind of thing– how do you guys feel?

 

See you guys tomorrow…when I find out who made the Booty Camp Fitness DVD cast…AH!

 

Night!

Danielle

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Comments

  1. My fingers are crossed for you for the Booty Camp fitness video!!! I’ll keep my eyes glued to your blog tomorrow to see what the result is!!!

    I love quinoa but never thought of it as a “dessert”. So I might have to try these!!!

  2. This recipe looks great!