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January 13, 2015

by Alyssa

5-Ingredient Quinoa Granola Bars

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If you’re ever in need of a travel-friendly, on-the-go, healthy, easy to make snack, these quinoa granola bars are it.

They come together in under 30 minutes, have only 5 ingredients, and are so much healthier than the sugar-heavy bars you buy at the grocery store. They’re 100% natural and are full of healthy fats and fiber.

I mean I don’t really travel all that much, but whether I’m going on a trip or even just out shopping for the afternoon in NYC, I always make sure to bring snacks. I’m totally one of those people that gets super hangry (hungry + angry), and when I don’t have snacks I’m not too fun to be around.

Usually, I just stock up on a bunch of granola bars at the store and pack them for the road, but this time around, I wanted to save some money and see if I could create a quinoa-packed granola bar that I actually enjoyed (I’ve had my fair share of granola bar fails in the kitchen).

I went with my standby, peanut butter, butted added in some other ingredients that I haven’t experimented with before. And instead of trying to make a no-bake version, which I find never hold up well when you’re on the go, I baked these babies up and they were perfect.

You've probably noticed that many naturally-sweetened granola bar recipes that you find have a base of dates. While dates are awesome and I LOVE them, I wanted to change it up and try dried figs instead.

Let me just tell you quickly about my obsession with dried figs.


My lovely cousin (who just moved to NYC – yes!) introduced me to Turkish figs about a year ago. We were perusing the bulk section of Whole Foods together and she stopped at the dried fruit section. She proceeded to take this brown blob of a thing out of one of the bins, popped it in her mouth and smiled. Then she began to tell me about her love of dried figs. 

I was skeptic. Figs and me did not get along – I hated Fig Newtons when I was little and haven’t thought about them in years. I thought she was crazy. But I am more open minded about food now and decided to give them a try. 

I picked the smallest one out I could find, hesitantly took a bite, and to my surprise I freaking loved it! It was soft, with a little crunch from the seeds. It was sweet, but not overly so, just enough to take care of a sugar craving. It was yummy. Really, really yummy.

And yes, now I’m full-on obsessed. I have figs with me all the time. In my purse, in my cupboard, I take them on trips, and always sneak some from the bulk bins when I’m grocery shopping.

Figs are incredible. And better yet, they’re incredible for you!


Not only are figs rich in fiber, which means they help to keep you fuller for longer (which is why I LOVE snacking on them), they are also high in potassium which has been show to lower blood pressure. But potassium is also an electrolyte which makes figs an excellent pre- or after-workout snack because they replenish those lost electrolytes you used during exercise.

Finally (are you loving this fig knowledge!?) figs are a natural laxative. Now before you go freak out and think that eating these granola bars will give you, well we don’t need to go there…but you catch my drift, have no fear. Really figs just help get your system moving in a gentle, natural way.

Basically, they’re an all-around fantastic food that everyone should be eating!


And when we pair them with peanut butter and quinoa flakes? Oh boy do we have a supercharged snack!

Which is why I’ve combined all these tasty ingredients into a powerful granola bar. These babies are crazy easy to make, yet pack a major punch in the nutrition department. They are great for on-the-go, pre- or post-workout or as an afternoon pick-me-up when you need a little boost to get you through the day.

Happy snacking!

xx Alyssa


5-Ingredient Quinoa Granola Bars

If you’re ever in need of a travel-friendly, on-the-go, healthy, easy to make snack, these quinoa granola bars are it.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Calories 156kcal
Author Alyssa
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5 ingredient quinoa granola bars from Simply Quinoa
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  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a square baking dish (either 8 x 8 or 9 x 9) with parchment paper and set die.
  • Add figs to a food processor and process until they are broken down and resemble small crumbles. Add peanut butter and maple syrup (for for 4 tablespoons if you want them more on the sweet side) and process again until a dough begins to form into a large ball.
  • Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough loosens from the ball and spreads out inside the bowl.
  • Add quinoa flakes and pulse to combine.
  • Transfer dough into prepared baking dish and press down firmly with your hands. You want the dough to be as uniform as possible in terms of the thickness so they bake evenly.
  • Bake bars on center rack for 25 - 30 minutes until the edges begin to brown and they are no longer sticky.
  • Remove and let cool completely in the pan. Transfer to a cutting board, carefully (gently) slice them into bars and transfer to a wire rack until bars have firmed up.
  • Store bars in an airtight container in the fridge for ultimate freshness!


Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg


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    • Quinoa flakes are essentially just pressed quinoa. Each little quinoa seed is rolled flat to make a flake, just like an oat groat is rolled out to make a rolled oat. That means quinoa flakes have all the same great properties as quinoa: gluten-free, high in plant-based protein, and full of good fiber 🙂

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  10. I made these today and they are lovely. I used 3tbsp maple syrup as I don’t like things too sweet but they’re not at all – I might try 4 tbsp next time. I over cooked them a wee bit as I got distracted lol… but only just a bit too brown at the edges. Still lovely.

    I just have one question – the mix was REALLY sticky when I was trying to press it into the tin…. is this right? I wonder whether I over-processed it or something.

    I hope my colleague likes them too – she is following Weight Watchers, so we are going to work out the points value tomorrow 🙂 Really glad I tried them as they will provide a welcome variety in mid morning nibbles 😀

    Thank you so much for the recipe! x

  11. Ooh bars are lovely.
    There does seem to be a lot sweet there though…… Bit worried about calories and such.
    Is there any anyway to make them, well, a bit more neutral I suppose? I have never the sweet tooth much but love chewy a bit zingy, tart tastes more, or fruity but not sugary or syrupy.
    I know you have something tucked away in that bottomless pit of the recipe collection, so….. Looking for goodies, soup and casseroles great but looking for……. Something?

    • What about swapping with something like dried cherries? Those are a bit more tart. Or you could also try doing less figs and just up the peanut butter content. As long as the dough is pliable and you can press it into your pan, it should bake up okay. Hope that helps!


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