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.

Enjoy!

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.
http://www.simplyquinoa.com/no-bake-peanut-butter-quinoa-power-bars/

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Comments

  1. Gail says

    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.

  2. Dorothy says

    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!!

  3. says

    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!

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