These are protein and whole grain packed, with just enough sweetness. They are perfect for a quick snack that will help you power through the next part of your day! Bars can be stored in the freezer for a quick grab-n-go breakfast! See notes for other variations.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 servings
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

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  • Blend quinoa, dates, honey, applesauce, coconut, sunflower seeds, coconut oil, and vanilla together in a food processor until smooth. Add enough of the oats to fill the processor bowl and and blend until combined.

  • Stir the quinoa mixture with the remaining oats, flax seed, protein powder, sesame seeds, chia seeds, and salt in a large bowl until mixture is able to hold it's shape without sticking to you hands. Press mixture firmly into prepared baking pan and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.

Cook's Notes:

If mixture is too sticky, you can add more oats. If mixture is too crumbly, you can add more applesauce.

You could throw in some nuts, almond meal, chocolate chips, dry milk powder, cocoa, or dried fruits depending on your cravings/goals and the consistency of the mix. You could also substitute peanuts/peanut butter for the sunflower seeds, agave for the honey, or quick-cooking oats for the old fashioned variety.

Nutrition Facts

245 calories; protein 7.1g 14% DV; carbohydrates 40.4g 13% DV; fat 6.9g 11% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 64.2mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2016
These turned out SO DELICIOUS! I used the recipe as a base and then added a few more things that we like. I think the original recipe would be super good too, just wanted to throw some more things that we had. Along with all the listed ingredients I also added about 3/4 cup peanut butter to help it stick together and for flavor. I didn't have any applesauce so I used shredded apple. I only used 1 1/2 - 2 cups of the quinoa and 3 cups of oatmeal. They turned out moist but firm enough to eat like a granola bar. Basically keep adding stuff until you get the flavor and consistency you like and smoosh it down firmly in the 9x13 dish. Will definitely be a staple in our house! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/15/2019
Great idea with the quoina. But the kids did not like the flavor. I Put in 1/4 cup brown sugar but it did not work. Read More
9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2016
These turned out SO DELICIOUS! I used the recipe as a base and then added a few more things that we like. I think the original recipe would be super good too, just wanted to throw some more things that we had. Along with all the listed ingredients I also added about 3/4 cup peanut butter to help it stick together and for flavor. I didn't have any applesauce so I used shredded apple. I only used 1 1/2 - 2 cups of the quinoa and 3 cups of oatmeal. They turned out moist but firm enough to eat like a granola bar. Basically keep adding stuff until you get the flavor and consistency you like and smoosh it down firmly in the 9x13 dish. Will definitely be a staple in our house! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2016
This is AWESOME! My toddler and preschooler thought it was cookie dough the night I made it! I put it in mini muffin tins and then let it "dry out" overnight and it was more like a dense muffin and they still loved it:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2017
The first time I made this recipe I grumbled a whole lot. The process, as written, is unpleasant and difficult. I added all of the ingredients to the food processor as directed and while the ingredients close to the blade were chopped and mixed, the bulk of them sat undisturbed. I ended up adding more applesauce, which allowed everything to blend into a gluey paste. As anticipated, when I added the quinoa mixture to the remaining ingredients additional oats were required to get a decent consistency. I ran out of oats and used a bit of granola. I felt the result was still too moist and so ended up baking the bars for about 10 minutes. As I mentioned, I grumbled a lot and felt the recipe was not well executed. I decided to withhold judgement, however, until my 12, 17, and 22 year old sons gave me their votes. They all 3 LOVED them. One of them said it was like a Cliff Bar but better because it was moist. The second and third times I made this recipe I ground the dates first and used about 3/4 of a cup of applesauce. I baked them for about 10 minutes at 325 degrees. They turned out beautifully and were a lot easier to make. Nutritionally speaking, these are fabulous. I have 2 athletes who need a lot of protein and didn't like feeding them the chocolate covered store-bought bars. The core recipe is versatile and can be adjusted to suit your taste. I added hemp hearts and additional coconut. I made one batch of cherry walnut bars, and a second of peanut butter ch Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/18/2018
This tasted like a brick and looked like one too. I don't know what I did wrong but it was never not sticky. I used double the ground oats. Still sticky. I also don't know why the flavor was so gross. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
04/06/2016
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Rating: 1 stars
03/15/2019
Great idea with the quoina. But the kids did not like the flavor. I Put in 1/4 cup brown sugar but it did not work. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/06/2016
Husband approved added one more TBS of vanilla Read More
Rating: 2 stars
04/26/2017
These protein bars were bland and time-consuming to make. I had to separate the first part of the recipe into two batches because my Kitchen Aid food processor had difficulty dicing up the dates. For anyone considering making this recipe - I would recommend running just the dates alone in the food processor before adding the other ingredients. I also added a few tablespoons of almond butter and peanut butter a bit of cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips for added flavour. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
03/23/2017
Easy to make but my hubby didn't care for these! Read More
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