These amazing Pumpkin Quinoa Breakfast Bars will make all your fall dreams come true! High in protein, fiber and complex carbs, they're the perfect way to start the day!
When pumpkin season strikes, you know we're going all in.
Last week, I picked up 12 (yes, 12!) cans of pumpkin puree because it was on sale thinking it would last me at least until February. Nope, already running through them like crazy and only have 4 left.
So what have we been up to? Well for starters, if you haven't tried my Vegan Pumpkin Donuts, hit pause on this recipe and make those asap. Next, I've been making loaf after loaf of my Quinoa Pumpkin Bread. We slammed our way through a batch of my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes yesterday, annnd I've been testing these new quinoa breakfast bars!
What I love about making pumpkin treats is that pumpkin is actually quite nutritious. Not only is it a teeny bit sweet, which means we can reduce our sugar, but it's also fiber-packed and is an awesome way to reduce the oil in recipes!
And just like with these pumpkin quinoa breakfast bars, we're making everything with nutrient-dense, protein-rich ingredients to make them the perfect breakfast treat!
Quinoa breakfast bars have been around SQ for about 2 years now, but why it has taken me this long to try a pumpkin variety, I'll never know. Because these babies are SO delicious!
They're gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free and can easily by make without nuts. Plus, they only use one bowl and are awesome for meal prep!
But my favorite way to enjoy them?
Since the weather has seemed to turn more towards winter, warm, cozy breakfasts like this are a must!
But I also must insist these breakfasts are also nutritious. Because I'm a firm believer that how you fuel your body has the largest impact on your health.
So if you're someone who struggles with energy, these quinoa breakfast bars would serve as a perfect breakfast. The protein and healthy fats will help fuel you up, the fiber will help keep you full and the natural sugars won't spike your blood sugar and cause that mid-morning crash.
And dipped in a steaming up of coffee? Even better!
- 1/2 cup mashed banana (about 1 medium)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup nut butter of choice (or seed butter for nut-free option)
- 1 flax egg (1 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 3 Tbsp water)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds (optional)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 8″x 8″ baking pan with parchment paper and grease the sides with cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix the banana, pumpkin, nut butter, flax egg and syrup until smooth. Add oats, quinoa, sugar, hemp seeds, baking powder and spices, and mix everything together until fully incorporated. The batter should be moist and somewhat sticky.
- Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and smooth with a spatula.
- Bake on the center rack for 22 - 23 minutes until the bars are golden brown and firm to the touch.
- Remove and let cool completely in the pan completely, then remove and slice into squares (or rectangles). Store in an airtight container for 4 – 5 days in the fridge.
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 130kcal Calories from fat 39|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 4g||6%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||10%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||12%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|
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