These healthy quinoa granola bars are a perfect on-the-go snack, made with a blend of almonds and coconut, and naturally sweetened with dates and honey.
Almond + coconut + quinoa. Turns into the best granola bar ever.
And granola bars? They’re only one of my favorite snackity snacks in the world. Not only are they delicious, they’re also super portable. So when I’m walking around doing errands and my tummy starts yelling at me to eat some food, I can pop out a granola bar and munch away.
Happy taste buds. Happy tummy.
I’ve always loved making snacks from scratch. Whether they’re energy bites, homemade trail mix or granola bars, I like knowing that I always have access to healthy snacks at all times. And that I know they’re going to do more than just satisfy my hunger. They’re going to nourish my body in the process.
What I love about this almond + coconut version of quinoa granola bars is that they remind me of my favorite store bought granola bar (anyone else love the Almond + Coconut Kind Bars?), but have a lot more protein and fiber, less fat and no refined sugar.
They're naturally sweetened with a simple blend of dates and honey, which helps keep them nice and sticky, but still makes them sweet and delicious.
And the base of the granola bars is a blend of heart-healthy ingredients like almonds, coconut, oats, quinoa flakes and toasted quinoa (my newest obsession!). You blend that with a little almond butter, pop them in the freezer, then slice and go.
So they’re a tasty treat that also gives you a natural boost in energy and helps truly satisfy your hunger.
If you’re on the go and need a snack, make it these granola bars. You won’t be sorry 😉 They're so yummy!
More Healthy Granola Bar Recipes To Try:
- Apple, Peanut + Honey Quinoa Granola Bars
- Peanut Butter + Jelly Bars
- Superfood Chocolate Quinoa Bars
- Blueberry Acai Granola Bars
- No-Bake Peanut Butter Power Bars
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- 3/4 cup gluten-free oats
- 3/4 cup quinoa flakes
- 1/4 cup toasted quinoa reference this post for instructions
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1 cup packed medjool dates about 10, pitted
- 1/4 cup almond / peanut butter or seed butter
- 1/4 cup honey or brown rice syrup for vegan
- Add the oats, quinoa flakes and toasted quinoa to a large mixing bowl.
- Place almonds and coconut flakes in the bowl of a food processor and pulse 8 - 10 times until broken into pieces. Transfer these to the bowl.
- Return bowl to base and add in dates. Pulse until dates are finely chopped and starting to come together. Add dates to the bowl and stir until the mixture is combined (large chunks are okay!). I find this is easiest done your hands so you can really incorporate the dates throughout the mixture evenly.
- Melt the nut butter and honey together in a small sauce pan. Pour over granola bar mixture and stir until evenly coated.
- Line an 8X8 baking pan with parchment. Dump the granola bar mixture into the pan and press it into the corners with your hands. Cover the bars with another layer of parchment and using a pastry roller or glass, roll across the top of the bars with semi-hard pressure until flat and even.
- Place pan in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Remove and slice into bars.
- For storage, individually wrap each bar in plastic wrap. Store in the fridge for 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
Other Granola Bar Recipes:
Crispy Gluten-Free Granola Bars (Simply Quinoa)
5-Ingredient Quinoa Granola Bars (Simply Quinoa)
Chocolate Brownie Granola Bars (Minimalist Baker)
Protein Granola Bars (Running with Spoons)
If you make this recipe, make sure to snap a pic and share it on Instagram using #SIMPLYQUINOA – I want to see your own quinoa creations!
15 comments on “Almond & Coconut Quinoa Granola Bars”
Now that I finally got on the bandwagon of making my own bites and bars…these can happen 😉
ha – you sound just like me, I always have a bar or a bite or a ball with me… 🙂 these sound GOOD. you know, I have never used quinoa in a bar? hmm…
This recipe is great! I’m a visiting nurse and am always looking for healthy food I can eat on the go and that will hold-up in my lunch box in my hot car. These are perfect!
I make this and add China seeds, flax seeds and hemp seeds. Very good for you (toasted with quinoa)
Saw so many here that I kept most (I must be very greedy) and there will be some busy goings on in the kitchen over the next month or so! Thanks alyson
I made these using maple syrup as sweetener & they came out just a little too sweet for my taste (I used less than 1/2 cup) so next time I guess I’ll use a bit less……..!
Mmm!! I love making our own granola bars too but have yet to make quinoa ones. Definitely trying these out soon!
Could I double the quinoa and omit the oats? My daughter is allergic to oats so I’m looking for oat substitutes.
Yes, I definitely think that would work!
How are the flakes different from the seeds
Flakes are more like rolled oats. They’re the seeds that have been flattened 🙂
Do the quinoa flakes need to be cooked?
Not in these bars 🙂 They can just be added in raw!
Was wondering if there’s something else that can be used in place of the dates? More honey ..that should make them stick together don’t you think?? 🙂
I haven’t tested them without the dates, so I’m not sure!