Chock full of good-for-you ingredients, these Maca Almond Quinoa Granola Bars are gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan!
Happy Labor Day, friends!
I hope that everyone is enjoying their day off. I’ve got my 6am class to teach this morning along with a blog recipe to shoot but after that I am free and ready to party it up! Or in other words, eat all of Mom #2’s amazing food. 😉 Here’s to hoping that I don’t overheat and die in the 110 degree weather…
Quick shoutout to those of you who commented or messaged me in regards to my last post. I love you guys. <3
So let’s talk granola bars.
I’ve made a lot of granola bars in my life. Though I love my Wella Bars, Health Warrior Bars and Quest Bars I have to admit, there is something so fun about making granola bars at home. Not only is it far cheaper than anything store-bought but it is also a way to make sure you are getting something made with real, wholesome ingredients as opposed to artificial ingredients and fillers. Plus you can literally make them however you want!
These Maca Almond Quinoa Granola Bars might just be my favorite granola bar that I’ve ever made.
They are fluffy yet firm, crunchy yet soft and perfectly sweet. They are also jam packed with superfood ingredients! If you haven’t noticed lately I’m on a kind of “superfood” kick. Basically I discovered that I had a ton of chia seeds, flaxseeds, maca powder and hemp seeds stored away in my pantry that I had apparently forgetten about – and I wasn’t going to ignore them any longer! These ingredients are worth that “superfood” title in so many ways – the benefits they provide is literally endless!
Which is why you’ve been seeing a lot of these “superfood” recipes such as:
Which, I realize that these granola bars don’t quite have that “superfood” title to them but I was trying to get creative with my titles 😉
Flavor-wise these quinoa granola bars are pretty neutral in flavor. Maca doesn’t have an overly strong flavor and with almond butter, cinnamon and the nutty flavor of flaxseeds, these bars are perfectly spiced and sweetened. I don’t like overly sweet granola bars so there is only 1/4 cup of maple syrup in these, however you can add a touch more if you feel the need. I personally don’t think they need it though!
My favorite part of these granola bars [besides the flavor!] is the awesome nutrition. With roughly 230 calories per bar and nearly 10 grams of protein, they are also loaded with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, amino acids, plant-based protein and numerous vitamins and minerals. Talk about a superfood granola bar! 😉
And though I considered adding chocolate chips to these babies, in the end I decided I should probably have a few recipes on this blog that don’t contain chocolate. Shocking, I know. That being said, go ahead and feel free to toss in a handful or two if you want!
As always, please make sure you let me know if you make these quinoa granola bars by tagging me on Instagram, Twitter or even Facebook! I would love to see your creations. Hope everyone has a safe and fun Labor Day!
- 1½ cups gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
- ¼ cup ground flaxseeds
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons maca powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¾ cup almond butter
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 11x7 baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Spread oats and quinoa onto large baking sheet and toast in preheated oven for 5-8 minutes.
- In a large bowl, beat together the almond butter, maple syrup and vanilla until smooth. Add toasted oats and quinoa, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, maca, cinnamon and sea salt. Stir until everything is incorporated.
- Press mixture evenly into prepared baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until bars are firm to the touch and lightly golden in color. Bars will firm up more as they cool.
- Allow bars to cool for 20 minutes before slicing. Slice into 10 bars.
Have you ever added quinoa to a granola bar before??