Lemon Raspberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars
These Lemon Raspberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars are a nutritious, high protein breakfast that is perfect for on-the-go! Naturally sweetened, vegan and GF too!
It seems that each summer, I tend to revisit the same recipes and give them a slightly updated twist. Two summers ago I shared my Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars and they have since become one of the most pinned recipes on the site (almost 250K times!).
Then last summer, I changed up the fruit and made strawberry breakfast bars which were so delicious! But I still was liking the blueberries more… and after much deliberation, I decided it was because the berries were smaller and were more evenly dispersed throughout the bars.
Which brought me to…RASPBERRIES!
So this summer we're making Raspberry Quinoa Breakfast bars with a tangy lemon twist. They're super simple to make, packed with nutritious goodies and make an amazing breakfast option when you're on the go.
This is my fifth iteration of this recipe and I think it might be my favorite one yet. They're light, summery, filling and I love the burst of lemon with every bite. They also have a really nice texture – kind of like a cross between a cookie and a brownie. Dense, but still soft and chewy.
For the base, we're using fresh ripe bananas which not only help keep the bars together, but we're also getting added fiber, vitamins and natural sugars. And because the bananas are sweet, we don't have to use as much coconut sugar!
To the banana, we layer on flax eggs (also high in fiber and omega 3s), almond butter for some fat and protein, and then our oats, quinoa, hemp hearts and coconut sugar.
I like to use coconut sugar as the sweetener here because it's lower on the glycemic index than other sugars (even maple syrup and honey), and it gives the bars a really lovely caramel flavor. And even though I love my sweet breakfasts, using coconut sugar doesn't make these bars overly sweet; just sweet enough to give you energy to power through your day!
As we've talked about in some of the other breakfast bar posts, these bars are a fantastic option for meal prep. They store well in the fridge, but can also be frozen for later.
One reader who loves the blueberry quinoa breakfast bars wrote, “I’ve eaten two of these almost every morning for the past four months. I make double batches and freeze 18 servings, keeping 6-12 servings in the fridge at all times. This recipe has been part of my success on Weight Watchers!” (<– she's lot 45 pounds in 4 months)
So yes, definitely whip up a batch and save some for your breakfasts all week long!
Watch how to make these Raspberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars!
More Breakfast Bar Recipes
- Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Breakfast Bars
- Apple Pie Quinoa Breakfast Bars
- Morning Glory Quinoa Breakfast Bars
- Carrot Cake Quinoa Breakfast Bars
- Flourless Banana-Quinoa Breakfast Bars
- Chocolate Chip Zucchini Breakfast Bars with Quinoa
Lemon Raspberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars
- 1 cup mashed bananas about 2 medium
- 2 flax eggs 2 tbsp flax + 6 tbsp water
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla powder or extract
- 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
- 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, mix the banana, nut butter, flax eggs, lemon juice and vanilla until smooth. Add oats, quinoa, sugar, baking powder, hemp seeds and lemon zest, and mix everything together until fully incorporated. The batter should be moist, but not runny. Fold in the raspberries.
- Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and smooth with a spatula.
- Bake on the center rack for 30 – 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.
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