Coconut Quinoa Granola Bars
Coconut quinoa granola bars are chock full of tasty, nutritious ingredients for a healthy and hearty snack bar recipe. These bars are chewy with an almond butter and honey mixture binding together the oats, nuts, coconut flakes, and quinoa.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 12 bars
- 1 3/4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup cashews, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup quinoa
- 3/4 cup puffed rice cereal
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8" x 8" baking pan with parchment paper, ensuring there is extra parchment left over along two opposite sides of the pan so you can lift out the bars once finished.
On an ungreased, rimmed baking sheet, evenly place oats, almonds, cashews, and quinoa. Toast for approximately 8-10 minutes, until oats, nuts, and quinoa are lightly golden and fragrant. A few times while toasting, use a spatula to flip everything over. Once toasted, add oats, nuts, and quinoa to a large mixing bowl. Add puffed rice cereal, and set bowl aside.
In a small saucepan set over medium heat, add honey, almond butter, oil, brown sugar, and salt. Cook until all ingredients are combined and the edges begin to bubble, stirring occasionally. This took a few minutes for me. Once liquid ingredients are bubbly, remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
Pour liquid mixture into bowl with the oat mixture and stir well to evenly coat the dry ingredients. Stir in coconut flakes evenly.
Pour mixture into your 8" x 8" pan, pressing down with a separate sheet of parchment paper over top to ensure that the bar layer is even and dense. Refrigerate bars for an hour or more. Once bars have solidified and would hold up to being cut, lift out parchment surrounding bars and place on cutting board. Cut into 12 bars.
Bars are best stored in the refrigerator, but can be stored at room temperature as well (they'll be a little bit less firm). Grabbing one out of the fridge before work and keeping it at room temp until mid-afternoon works great.
Adapted from Chewy Quinoa Granola Bars
Serving: 1bar | Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.4g | Protein: 3.5g | Fat: 9.9g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 2.2g | Sugar: 13g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1.1mg