Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Granola Bars

With the amount of quinoa I have in this house, it just makes sense to create sweet treats using this ingredient.  The idea for quinoa granola bars came about last night as I was looking in the refrigerator for some kind of dessert and noticed a large container of leftover quinoa from Monday’ night’s dinner.  I thought about oats and how quinoa was a sort of similar grain, and decided granola bars may be the way to go.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Granola Bars


Makes 10-12 servings.


1 2/3 cups cooked quinoa

1/3 cup pecans

1/3 cup chocolate chips

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 egg

Pinch of cinnamon

1/3 cup peanut butter


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place quinoa in a large mixing bowl.


Add in pecans and chocolate chips.


In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, honey, vanilla, and egg.


DSCN1122 Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, and mix.

DSCN1129 Add in a pinch of cinnamon.


Add in peanut butter and mix again.


Spread into baking pan or baking sheet.  My pan was a little too small, I would recommend a larger rectangle shape if available.


Bake for 15 minutes.


As hard as it is to wait, I would refrigerate overnight.  I waited about 25 minutes to cut into the bars, but they were still a little too runny.

DSCN1140 However, they were perfectly enjoyed just as much being eaten with a fork! πŸ™‚



What is your favorite type of granola bar?

Have you ever tried quinoa as a sweet treat or dessert?  If so, any favorite recipes?

27 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Granola Bars

  1. I didnt have a granola bar in a long time, I have a period when I was eating them everyday, and I just got sick of them, now I snack on fruits, or granola and yogurt or almond milk, I can have a bar once a week, no more at this moment πŸ™‚

  2. I’ve been wanting to try Quest Granola Bars, they are pretty clean for store bought bars! I’ve never had quinoa as a dessert, but I too have a TON of that stuff right now- maybe this weekend Ill get creative in the kitchen! πŸ™‚

    • Hmm I have never heard of Quest Granola Bars, I need to check them out! I am planning on leaving my bars in the refrigerator all week and having a serving for dessert every night πŸ™‚ Even my husband thought they were pretty good!

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