No-Bake Peanut Butter Quinoa Power Bars

No-Bake Peanut Butter Power Bars via Queen of Quinoa (@alyssarimmer)Are you noticing a trend? I’m like seriously obsessed with peanut butter lately.

I think it’s because peanut butter (like my beloved almond butter) is a quick, easy snack that is packed with protein and healthy fats, and fuels you up pre- or post-workout. I almost always turn to nut butters for a snack, whether slathered on a rice cake topped with fruit, or made into raw snack bites, nut butter always hits the spot.

What great about these No-Bake Peanut Butter Quinoa Power Bars is they’re a) no-bake, meaning they’re a cinch to throw together, b) loaded with nutrients and superfoods, and c) amazingly delicious!

You know those raw protein bars that cost nearly $2.00 a bar?

Well with this recipe, you can have a 12 bar stock of those healthy treats on-hand all the time. Plus, you’ll be saving a bunch of money! What’s better than that?

No-Bake Peanut Butter Power Bars via Queen of Quinoa (@alyssarimmer)I combined many of my all-time favorite ingredients (minus chocolate, we’ll save that for next time) and whipped it into a healthy, superfood packed energy bar that will give you the little boost you need to power through your morning or afternoon workout.


No-Bake Peanut Butter Power Bars

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 12 bars

No-Bake Peanut Butter Power Bars


  • 7 – 8 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsalted smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder


  1. Add the dates to the bowl of a food processor fit with the steel blade and process until chopped. Add the nuts, quinoa and seeds and process until a meal has formed. Add the protein powder and process a few times until combined. Add the peanut butter and honey and process until a thick dough forms.
  2. Transfer the dough to a parchment lined baking pan. I used a loaf pan for skinny, thick loaves, but you can also use a square baking dish for bars that thinner. Place the bars in the freezer until set, about 1 – 2 hours. Remove from the freezer and slice into bars. Store in freezer until you’re ready to eat them.

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  • Gail

    Hi Alyssa, I made these wonderful no-bake power bars last night, and they are the perfect raw treat. I really am getting into the raw desserts of late and this is a choco bar without the chocolate, but the next time I make them I plan to coat them with a chocolate topping. I did substitute the peanut butter for almond butter, and I didn’t have any protein powder and so left that out. I did have raw almonds on hand and medjool dates, used unpasteurized honey (I am assuming that raw honey is unpasteurized). I loved all the ingredients you used upon reading your e-mail, and was excited about making these right away, and was really hoping that the taste would be that great go to treat.

    So I just wanted you to know that these are definitely a keeper for me. I love quinoa more and more each time I work with it, and love the recipes you have here on your blog. Keep up the great work.

  • Dorothy

    Hi Alyssa,

    I just made these and they were fantastic! I didn’t have any sunflower seeds so subbed in some chopped toasted pecans and dried cherries. So many things you could sub in…..even cocoa nibs :) My daughters even agreed to take these as their snack at school rather than the traditional granola bar. Thanks so much for giving me a much healthier alternative!!

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Oh yay! They seriously are amazing, aren’t they?!? Love, love, LOVE your additions!! I’ll have to try those :) xo!

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  • Andrea

    Hi there! I’ve recently discovered your lovely website, which matches my obsession with quinoa! I made this recipe a week or so ago, with the intention to bring some along with me in a ziplock bag for a long marathon training run. I subbed almond butter for the peanut butter and made them into balls versus a bar. They got pretty mushy on my run, but still tasted great and supplied me with a natural alternative for nutrition/energy, compared to a processed ‘gu’ or ‘gel’. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  • Jocy

    Hi, i tried the links fir the recipe but it does not work. Could you help me out please. Thanks

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Hi Jocy – the site was down briefly, but should be back up and working now. These are a great healthy snack!

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  • Zack Robertson

    Looks good. Would be very helpful to see the nutritional facts listed here as well, so that we (those of us who care about such things) don’t turn away from it because we’re daunted by having to input it all into a nutrition calculator to see if it pencils out for our diets.