Puffed Quinoa Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars Recipe

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Easy Puffed Quinoa Recipe: Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

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Close up of puffed quinoa bars

Prep

20 minutes

Yield

16 squares

You know I have a sweet tooth – and this puffed quinoa bars recipe is perfect for anyone who loves PB and chocolate.

You know I have a sweet tooth – and this puffed quinoa recipe is perfect for anyone who loves peanut butter and chocolate. The best part about this recipe? It can be made completely vegan by using dairy-free chocolate and it is packed with nutritious ingredients including puffed quinoa and hemp seeds.

My puffed quinoa recipe also requires no oven and can be stored in the fridge for several weeks – but I’m willing to bet they won’t last that long.

 puffed quinoa bar ingredient in bowl

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Puffed Quinoa Recipe

  • Yummy – Dark chocolate and PB, need I say more? Add in some maple syrup and this puffed quinoa recipe will be a hit for anyone with a sweet tooth.
  • Easy – 20 minutes and 10 ingredients are all you need to whip up this puffed quinoa recipe
  • Packed with Protein – With ingredients like PB, puffed quinoa, and hemp seeds – these bars are an excellent source of protein.

🍲 Ingredients

Hemp Seeds: Technically a nut, hemp seeds are very nutritious and rich in healthy fats – including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Both fats are known for improving heart health – which is fitting because hemp seeds are often referred to as hemp hearts.

Puffed Quinoa: Did you know that quinoa puffs contain nearly twice as much fiber as nearly all other grains? They are a great source of fiber and take on a nutty taste – which makes them perfect for this puffed quinoa recipe.

Close up of puffed quinoa bars

👩‍🍳 How to Make Puffed Quinoa Recipe

  1. Prepare an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. To a large bowl, add the quinoa puffs, PB, hemp seeds, vanilla extract, vanilla paste, maple syrup, and salt.
  3. Mix with a wooden spoon to combine.
  4. Transfer the puffed quinoa to the prepared pan and firmly press down.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil.
  6. Melt the two ingredients together in the microwave, and mix together.
  7. Pour over top of the pressed-down quinoa puffs, and spread evenly
  8. Set in the fridge for 3 – 5 minutes, add flaky salt on top, and set in the fridge until the chocolate is firm.
  9. After about 10 – 15 minutes, cut into 16 equal pieces and enjoy!!


🗒 Substitutions

  • Vegan: Use dairy-free chocolate chips to make this vegan
  • Vanilla Paste: If you can’t find paste, you can substitute it for more vanilla at a 1:1 ratio
  • Chocolate Chips: Feel free to sub these for milk chocolate chips
  • Nut Butter: Use any nut butter you want in this recipe


🗒 Other quinoa recipes you’ll love

👝 How to Store Leftovers

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for 1 – 2 months.

🤔 Common Questions

What is puffed quinoa?

Puffed quinoa essentially takes regular quinoa but heats and agitates it until it pops like popcorn.

Where to buy puffed quinoa

You can often find quinoa puffs at your grocery store in the organic aisle or with other grains.

How to make puffed quinoa

Heat a pan and when it’s very hot, add quinoa to the skillet. If the heat is high enough the quinoa will start popping right away. Shake the skillet to keep the quinoa from burning.

Is puffed quinoa good for you?

Absolutely, it has the same nutritional benefits as regular quinoa.

What is the difference between puffed quinoa and quinoa?

Puffed quinoa is when you take the grain and pop it so it’s puffy like popcorn.

Close up of puffed quinoa bars

Puffed Quinoa Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars Recipe

4.64 from 22 votes
You know I have a sweet tooth – and this puffed quinoa bars recipe is perfect for anyone who loves PB and chocolate.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Vegan Desserts
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free
Servings 16 squares
Calories 383 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Prepare an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • To a large bowl, add the quinoa puffs, peanut butter, hemp seeds, vanilla extract, vanilla paste, maple syrup, and salt. 
  • Mix with a wooden spoon to combine.
  • Transfer the puffed quinoa to the prepared pan and firmly press down.
  • In a small bowl, combine the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil.
  • Melt the two ingredients together in the microwave, mix together.
  • Pour over top of the pressed-down quinoa puffs, and spread evenly
  • Set in the fridge for 3 – 5 minutes, add flaky salt on top, and set in the fridge until chocolate is firm.  
  • After about 10 – 15 minutes, cut into 16 equal pieces and enjoy!!

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Notes

Use ANY nut butter that you want. Customize it! Even add other delicious ingredients on the inside like; mini chocolate chips, nuts, cinnamon, coconut, anything!
This is the PERFECT on-the-go snack!
To make this completely vegan, be sure to use dairy free chocolate chips!
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for 1 – 2 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 16 | Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.3g | Protein: 12.1g | Fat: 21.3g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.7g | Cholesterol: 0.6mg | Sodium: 125mg | Fiber: 4.6g | Sugar: 10.9g
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!
Jordy nolastname

5 stars
Eating these makes my guts happy 🙂 they’re delicious without causing any gastro problems for me!

wendy

5 stars
absoluteley lovely. thank u maria

chocogirl

5 stars
dark chocolate + flakey salt on top = my kryptonite

karen fletcher

5 stars
I love a high protein but slightly naughty snack like this one heehee

daniela

5 stars
thank u maria for the gluten fee option for my son

kris sonier

5 stars
this recipe is a nice sweet treat and it doesn’t make you feel guilty like a heavy brownie or cookie would. pb & chocolate is THE BEST combination for sure

tiffany

5 stars
this recipe is a hidden gem but EVERYONE needs to know about it!!
I used the Simply Organic vanilla (both kinds) and it really makes an amazing difference… the depth of flavor is crazy good and the flaky salt on top is a MUST

maureen smith

5 stars
I didn’t have puffed quinoa so I used rice crispies instead and they didn’t last long in my house! they were devoured in one night

barbara leblanc

5 stars
the folks at my church group loved these! they want me to make them again

brooklyn eve

5 stars
ohhh these were so good. my rommate and I devoured the whole pan in one night

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