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November 15, 2015

by Alyssa Rimmer

Apple Pie Quinoa Breakfast Bars

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Healthy quinoa breakfast bars flavored to taste just like apple pie. Indulgent in taste, but nutritious and the perfect way to start your day.

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I was thinking about my pumpkin pie breakfast cookies the other day and it got me thinking about portable breakfast treats. You know, the kind of thing you can take with you when you don't have time to make something healthy in the morning.

Usually, I'll make myself a smoothie. I have one of those plastic to-go cups with a straw, so it actually feels like I'm drinking a store-bought smoothie but it's saving me a bajillion dollars. Cookies are another option of course. As are granola bars.

But what if you want something warm? Oatmeal could be an option, but I'm not huge on the instant packets.

Then I remembered my quinoa breakfast bars!

Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logoWhen I need something portable for breakfast, these apple pie quinoa breakfast bars are perfect! They're easy to make, taste delicious and are super healthy too!

I hadn't made a batch in forever, and even though I usually eat them room temperature, they would totally be amazing reheated. So I started brainstorming flavors. I wanted something autumn-inspired, but I already did pumpkin. Sweet potato crossed my mind, but I haven't made the leap to sweet potato breakfast foods.

So….apples. Of course, apples! How was that not the first thing that came to mind?

Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logoThese quinoa breakfast bars taste like APPLE PIE but they're actually good for you (and great for on-the-go)

These apple pie breakfast bars are just the treat you need when you're racing around in the morning and don't have time to think about breakfast. You can just toss them in your bag on the way out the door and reheat them when you get to the office.

And if you smothered them in a little peanut butter? Okay yep, that's pretty much my dream.

Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logoThese quinoa breakfast bars taste like APPLE PIE but they're actually good for you (and great for on-the-go)

Not only are these bars gluten-free AND vegan, but they're also loaded with fresh fruit, protein-rich quinoa, and fiber-packed oats. They're basically like eating a bowl of oatmeal just in grab-n-go bar form. Cool, right?

With the subtle sweetness from the apple sauce, the caramel flavors of the coconut sugar, the nutty undertones from the cashew butter and the extra cinnamon spice, these bars taste like a slice of dreamy apple pie, just without all the butter and sugar.

I chose to slice them on the larger side so that one bar would fill me up, but these also make a great mid-afternoon or post-workout snack. Since they're low in sugar, high in complex carbs and just a hint of protein, they've got everything you need to fuel up.

Plus, don't forget to add some nut butter on top for added flavor and protein!

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Apple Pie Quinoa Breakfast Bars

These apple pie breakfast bars are just the treat you need when you're racing around in the morning and don't have time to think about breakfast.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Calories 137kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9"x 9" baking sheet with parchment paper and grease the sides with cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the oats, quinoa, sugar, baking powder, and spices.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the applesauce, nut butter and flax eggs. Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients, mixing everything together until fully incorporated. The batter should be moist, but not runny.
  • Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and smooth with a spatula. Arrange apple slices over top.
  • Bake on the center rack for 35 - 40 minutes until the bars are golden brown and firm to the touch.
  • Remove and let cool completely in the pan, then remove and slice into squares (or rectangles). Store in an airtight container for 4 - 5 days.

Notes

* If you use vanilla extract instead of vanilla powder, mix it into the wet ingredients not dry.

Nutrition

Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 195mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1.1mg

 

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  1. I have made these twice now; this is a keeper. The first time, I left them on the counter in a tight lidded tin but they started to turn rancid on the 4th day and I had to throw the rest away. My second batch I am keeping in the refridgerator so I don’t loses any of them! The second time instead of laying the apples on the top, I diced them and added 1-1/2 cups to the batter. They don’t look as pretty but are easier to eat. I also added about 1/3 cup of chopped walnuts to the batter for a little crunch. thanks for a great breakfast recipe.

  2. These look great for make-ahead breakfasts…obviously with peanut butter on top! Way to many good recipes on your site..where to start?? 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    • Oh YUM!! The best combo ever. Can’t wait to hear how they turn out and definitely let me know what other recipes you end up trying 🙂

  3. If I don’t need them to be vegan, can I use regular eggs instead of the flax eggs? (I like the boost of complete amino acids, and I rarely keep flax on hand.)

  4. I made these this morning; my husband & I really liked them! The apples on top really make the bars. I followed the recipe exactly, and they look beautiful & taste delicious. Thank you. This is my first recipe from your website. Success!

  5. These look so fall-festive and delicious! Thank you for a lovely vegan and gluten-free option. Pinning to share 🙂

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