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August 9, 2015

by Alyssa Rimmer

Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars

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These blueberry quinoa breakfast bars are an easy, on-the-go breakfast treat that are packed with fresh fruit, whole grain fiber, and protein!

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And my quinoa breakfast obsession continues.

This time, it’s a spin on my flourless quinoa breakfast bars, studded with fresh, juicy blueberries, with a hint of tangy lemon. Every bite is bursting with flavor, they’re only lightly sweetened and have this wonderful hearty texture. A fill-you-up bar that’s perfect for oatmeal, fruit and on-the-go breakfast lovers alike.

But before I tell you all about my latest breakfast obsession, I want to first tell you about something SQ related that I’m really excited about. It’s a…

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with tons of healthy recipes that make starting your day with a nutritious breakfast super easy. Nutritious, delicious and simple? You betcha! I’m seriously SO excited!

The focus of this book is going to be on helping you incorporate energizing, nutrient-dense ingredients into your morning meals that will get you out of your breakfast rut (we’ve allll been there) and help you stay away from the processed, junk-filled options that are out there. And almost every single recipe is BRAND NEW – as in never before seen on the blog – I've just added in a few blog favorites! yay yay YAY!

I’m still in the process of putting the entire book together and I’ve realized that I need a little help…from you!

I’d love to get your input on things as I get closer to launching it, so I’ve put together a small community of Simply Quinoa friends on Facebook! This is a place where you’ll be able to weigh in on things like design, recipes, photos, etc., and also get a peek behind the scenes of how we do things around here (Trevi pics included).

I’d be so happy if you joined our little group – it’s going to be super fun! Here’s two ways to join:

Either request to join the group by following this link

OR

  1. Hop over to Facebook and search for “Simply Quinoa Ambassador Team
  2. Request to join the group
  3. I’ll approve you and we’ll be groupies together!

And that’s it. Can’t wait to see you there!

K, now moving on from our exciting new cookbook project and back to these fantabulous blueberry quinoa breakfast bars. Sorry to hold out on you like that…

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Making another flavor of my breakfast bars has been on my mind since I originally shared the recipe a few months ago. They’re just one of those things that is super easy to make and has a fairly basic flavor profile that you can totally jazz up with add ins. (sound familiar? it's kind of how my breakfast cookies are too!)

Blueberries were a natural first choice because

a) I love blueberry-flavored anything for breakfast

b) they're in season right now

and c) anything that tastes like blueberry pancakes is a keeper for me

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Last weekend, while I was visiting my parents, my mom and I went berry picking. A family friend of ours has the most amazing blueberries and each year we stock up. LITERALLY. This was my mom’s third time picking this season (our freezer is already full) and we came home with at least another 5 pounds of berries.

We froze a bunch and I’ve been adding them to my smoothies every morning, but the rest have been used for munching, adding to granola and these breakfast bars.

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Rather than simply adding blueberries to my original recipe, I did change things up a little this time around.

I decided to cut back on the nut butter just a tad and added in a bunch of hemp seeds. The end result was the same, but the bars are a little lower in fat and way higher in protein. The hemp seeds are not even noticeable since they’re so small and tender, so you just get all their added goodness, basically for free. Major bonus!

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Aside from the sweet, bursting blueberries and undertones of vanilla and banana, I love how portable these bars are. They're one of those breakfasts that you can grab on your way out the door, throw in your gym bag, or even just keep at your desk as a snack. They're totally kid-friendly too, so you can add them to lunchboxes!

The bars will keep for several days, so making them on a Sunday is a great way to have breakfast ready for the week ahead. (hint, hint)

Oh and I haven't tried these using frozen berries, but I imagine they work just as well as fresh! Which means….blueberry breakfast bars all year long. YES!

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Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars

Aside from the sweet, bursting blueberries and undertones of vanilla and banana, I love how portable these bars are. They're one of those breakfasts that you can grab on your way out the door, throw in your gym bag, or even just keep at your desk as a snack. They're totally kid-friendly too, so you can add them to lunch boxes!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 Bars
Calories 111kcal
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 hemp seeds.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the banana, nut butter, flax eggs, lemon juice and vanilla. Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients, mixing everything together until fully incorporated. The batter should be moist, but not runny. Fold in the blueberries
  • Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and smooth with a spatula.
  • Bake on the center rack for 25 - 35 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

I found that I enjoyed the texture of the bars best after being cooled on a wire rack overnight. Some of the added moisture from the blueberries was removed and they were even more hearty.

Nutrition

Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.2mg

 

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  1. Could I use frozen bananas that I’ve thawed (and removed excess moisture)? Or do you have any suggestions to use them up? I’m tired of smoothies and they are getting old in my freezer😞
    Love your site…and love quinoa🥰🥰

  2. It was good but I think it needed a little bit more of sweetness. The texture was different. I cooked it the day before and left it out to cool down. For dinner we tried it again but this time i put it in the fridge and added whipped cream on top. It tasted much better even the texture it was better. Thank you for the recipe.

  3. Hi! Can you leave the lemon juice out? I don’t like the taste of lemons (or limes), but know that acids are often important to creating foods.

  4. Finally, a handlheld breakfast I don’t feel bad about. These are great!
    Some of the proportions didn’t quite work out for me, but I improvised and am very happy with this. I usually have everything but the fruits so it’s a great way to get those into my rotation. Thank you!

  5. These bars look great, thanks for sharing! I’m gluten sensitive and have started reacting to oats as well, do you think I could substitute the oats for quinoa flakes? Thanks! 🙂

  6. Hi. I am a Type1 diabeticcand I grew up eating/loving blueberries that my family would buy from farmers’ markets near the beach. Anyways, i LOVE these gluten free Blueberry bars sooo much!!! Thank you for first posting this recipe to make and cook these blueberry bars!! They have proved not only delicious!, but a subtle yet strong help in not raising my blood glucose numbers very much! (((:

  7. Hi Alyssa, thanks for sharing your recipes! I’ve loved every one that I’ve tried! I was wondering if you could use, or if you’ve tried using, old fashioned oats instead of quick cooking oats? Thanks!

    • Thanks, Sara!! I think it would work, but the cooking time will probably need to be increased because the oats are so much thicker. Keep me posted if you try it!

  8. I had some leftover cooked quinoa and some blueberries, so with some Pinterest searching I came across this recipe. I am excited to eat one of these for breakfast tomorrow. I didn’t have hemp seeds so I tossed in some chia seeds instead and they seem to work well. I also added some fresh raspberries in addition to the blueberries just because I had some. I am breastfeeding so these are perfect to help keep supply up and keep me full!

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  10. I made this recipe as muffins instead of bars. I used frozen berries, blueberries, blackberries and grapes. Doubled the vanilla and reduced the sugar to 2 tbsp. Because I used frozen berries so I think it made the mixture too wet. I ended up having to bake them for an additional 15 mins. It was worth it…..really good.

  11. I love this recipe! I have been making it for breakfast for the last couple months and my husband and I are still not sick of them! For those of us that try to keep our sugar down, I’ve made a few adjustments that have worked pretty well for me. I use 2 Tbsp of the coconut sugar instead of 1/3 C.Then, I replace 1/2c of the oats with 1/2 c of shredded unsweetened coconut and add some cinnamon to taste. I also cook the quinoa with a little bit of coconut oil and a tsp of the coconut sugar in the water. I think it is still plenty sweet but it cuts on the sugar, and possibly the calories! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Updated! It’s just a simple flax egg: 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal + 3 tablespoons water (multiplied by two for two eggs!)

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  13. Does the nut/seed butter and blueberry taste good together? I would probably use peanut butter. Will that taste good? Seems those two flavors aren’t commonly used together.

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  15. These look delicious! I’d make them right now, but my bananas aren’t nearly ripe enough. Would it work to use applesauce instead? Or is there another banana substitution for those of us whose families eat the bananas before they are ready to bake with? 🙂

  16. Hi! The hyperlink for the flax egg didn’t work for me, could someone direct me to the instructions?

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  20. WHERE HAS THIS RECIPE BEEN MY ENTIRE LIFE???
    Equally easy and delicious.
    Accidentally, reached for the almond extract instead of vanilla. Didn’t realize until I poured it. Still fab!

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