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Superfood Chocolate Quinoa Bars

These healthy superfood chocolate quinoa bars are a tasty little snack that is packed with energizing ingredients. Great for on the go or before a workout!

Does it get any better than chocolate? I mean I'm a chocolate-any-time-of-day kind of girl, but I especially love it as a snack. I almost always find myself craving something chocolate in the mid-afternoon and rather than reaching for dark chocolate, lately, I've been reaching for these:

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They're packed with good-for-you ingredients, but taste amazingly decadent. I've even snuck on some melted dark chocolate for those who need a little more persuasion. After all, life is about balance and when you can combine superfoods with chocolate you know you're on the right path.

Best Superfood Ingredients

The Best Superfood Ingredients

I think people classify superfoods differently, but for me, to be a true superfood, an ingredient has to have a multitude of benefits. While the ingredient list for the chocolate quinoa bars might seem long, I've chosen each one specifically for what they bring to the table.

Here's a highlight of my favorites:

  • walnuts: full of healthy fats and omega-3s
  • pumpkin seeds: high in calcium, iron and other minerals
  • raw cacao powder: packed with antioxidants and naturally energizing
  • spirulina: highly detoxifying, high in protein & full of calcium & iron
  • hemp seeds: high in protein and omega-3s

And that's just a few of them. These bars are LOADED with amazing ingredients!

How to make No Bake Energy Bars

How to make No Bake Energy Bars

Just like how we make energy balls, we make no-bake energy bars the same way! In your food processor.

We'll begin by blending up our nuts and dates until they resemble a sandy texture. Then add in the rest of your ingredients and blend it together until it forms a sticky dough.

This step is where it differs: rather than rolling the dough into balls, you'll simply dump it into a baking pan and press it evenly into the bottom to form a smooth, packed surface.

Pop it in the freezer and let it harden up (or in this case drizzle it with chocolate first). Then just slice it into bars and you're good to go!

Best Chocolate Quinoa Bars

Why You Need These Chocolate Quinoa Bars

You know I love a good energy ball, but sometimes I just want a bar instead. These chocolate quinoa bars are my new thing. They're easy to make, they're a great change of pace, they're packed with an insane amount of nutrients and they taste pretty freaking great too.

They've also got a rocking texture!

We've got softness from the dates, crunch from the quinoa crispies, chewiness from the dried fruit and just the right amount of chocolate. Not too dark, but also not too sweet.

If you've been looking for a new healthy snack, you've found them. These babies are nourishing, they're energizing and they're tasty. Pretty much the ultimate combo if you ask me!


Superfood Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Bars

More Healthy No Bake Snack Recipes

Superfood Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Bars

Superfood Chocolate Quinoa Bars

4.7 from 20 votes
These healthy superfood chocolate quinoa crunch bars are an awesome little snack that is packed with energizing ingredients. Take them on the go for a quick pre- or post-workout snack!
author: Alyssa
yield: 16 bars
No Bake Chocolate Energy Bars
Prep: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 10 minutes


  • Food Processor



  • Add the dates, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds and coconut into a food processor. Blend on high until a sandy texture has formed. Add the cacao, hemp, goji, spirulina and almond butter and process until a dough starts to form. Pulse in the quinoa crisps.
  • Transfer the mixture to a parchment lined 8" x 8" baking pan. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan, making sure to get it into the corners.
  • Pour the melted chocolate on top and garnish with desired toppings.
  • Place the pan in the freezer and freeze for at least 2 hours. When ready to serve, remove the bars from the pan and cut into squares. Store in the freezer for best texture.



Serving: 1bar | Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.6mg
cuisine: American
course: Snack

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64 comments on “Superfood Chocolate Quinoa Bars”

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    Rochelle @ WheatlessRochelle.com

    I would have never thought of quinoa being part of a decadent dessert like this. It looks amazing!

  2. Hi there! Have recently fallen in love with your blog and would SOOO love to win a copy of your book! Just went to your rafflecopter link and it said the contest hasn’t started yet. Did I miss something somewhere!?! Thanks so much!

  3. Those look pretty – and yummy! I’ve never heard of or seen quinoa crispies anywhere before. I’ll have to look. Maybe I’ll even find those elusive quinoa flakes I’ve heard about, too. 🙂 The rafflecopter link said the contest will start soon. Should it already be working? or check back later?

    1. You can get Quinoa Flakes on Amazon. I get them by the case, since my daughter is allergic to oats. They are an awesome substitute! Ancient Harvest makes them.

  4. Yummy! I’m going share these on my page on Facebook 🙂 I love that your recipes are simple and delicious. Keep them coming!

  5. I’d love to see my old childhood favorite, chocolate pie made healthy!!!

    Question about this recipe – what could I use instead of the Stevia powder? We can’t use it due to allergies…

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    Jennifer (Rural Housewife)

    Oh! That is a hard one! Let’s see…I would love to see Cherry Cordials transformed into a healthy version. 🙂

  7. I’d love to see a starch free, gluten free version of chocolate ice cream mochi balls… but that’s a bit far fetched 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    I’m all for chocolate and more chocolate, especially when it’s made with wholesome ingredients like this.

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  10. Can I ask you where you get quinoa crispies? These look awesome! I love your website! It is the best!! Thanks:)

    1. Here’s a link to Edison Grainery where I purchase mine: http://edisongrainery.com/store/grains/38-quinoa-crispies-cereal.html

    1. Hi Michele – I don’t calculate calories or nutritional information for my recipes, but I know that there are a ton of great tools out there that let you plug in the ingredients and it spits out all the info you’re looking for 🙂 Just try Googling “Recipe Nutrition Calculator”

  11. I will have to keep my eye out for these ‘crispies’, I have not heard of them either. Could regular quinoa be made crispy, ‘says this homemade always thinking” cook.

    Thanks for sharing your yummy treats.

  12. Quinoa flakes has been mentioned in a post. Would that be a substitute for quinoa crispies? They wouldn’t have the same texture at all,

    1. Hi Kate, unfortunately, quinoa flakes cannot be used in this recipe. Think of quinoa flakes as more like an oat substitute and quinoa crispies like rice crispies. Pretty different 🙂 If you don’t have quinoa crispies, you could definitely try it with rice crispies!

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  19. These look delicious, and the bonus is they are healthy! Can’t wait to try them. However, I do have a question as to how many these make…recipe shows serving is 16. You are able to get 16 good squares out of an 8×8 pan?