Blueberry Quinoa Protein Bars
- 1½ Quinoa (cooked following package direction, then cooled)
- 1½ cup Quick Oats
- ⅔ cup Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- ½ tsp Baking Soda
- ¼ tsp Pink Himalayan Salt regular salt is fine if you don't have pink
- 1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
- ½ cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
- ¼ cup Syrup, sugar-free Sugar Free (brand: Walden Farms, has zero fat!)
- 3 tbsp Creamy Almond Butter
- 1 Large Whole Eggs
- 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1½ cup Blueberries
- Start by cooking the quinoa following the package directions, then allow the quinoa to cool. ¾ cups dry, cooks to 1½ cups.Quinoa doubles In size while cooking.
- Preheat oven to 350°.Place the cooking rack in the middle of the oven.
- Lightly coat a 9 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray and line with parchment paper. It is always a good idea to have a little overhang, this gives you something to grab onto when you want to remove the food from the pan. Then lightly coat the parchment paper with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients: oats, quinoa, protein mix cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir until well combined.
- In a separate large bowl combine all wet ingredients: milk, apple sauce, syrup, almond butter, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined.
- Once both mixes are combined, pour the dry mix into the wet mix, about a quarter cup at a time. Mix well and continue to add until all dry ingredients have been incorporated into the wet mix. The consistency will be similar to oatmeal.
- Then you will gently fold in the blueberries to the mixture.
- Pour the entire mixture into baking dish, be sure to to press the mix into the pan to remove any air pockets. You can even lift the dish 1-2 inches from the counter and then firmly smack it back down on the counter, be careful but firm. This trick helps to remove the air pockets from the dish. You want to remove the air so your dish doesn't turn out too crumbly and you are able to cut it into squares.
- Cook for 35 minutes are 350° or until the top is golden brown and you are able to insert a toothpick and remove it cleanly.
- Once done remove from the oven. Using the overhang of the parchment paper pull the mixture out of the dish. Place on a wire wrack to cool for at least 15 minutes to ensure they set up.
- Cut into 9 squares and serve!
Are you tired of health food snacks that taste like cardboard? Are you looking for a healthy well-rounded snack that you will actually enjoy eating? Then you have got to try these Blueberry Quinoa Protein Bars. They are the perfect snack after a workout, to get over your mid-day slump, or anytime you are feeling hungry.
These Blueberry Energy bars will give you the boost you need after a workout, fueling your body to get through the rest of the day. Additionally, if your goal is to lose weight, these energy bars will help you to do just that. Packed with essential amino acids, protein, and healthy carbs to promote weight loss.
When it comes to baking or similar, It can be hard to adjust the macros. The adjustments you can make to this recipe would not effect the macros much. However, you could choose to make these bars with other Ingredients.
- You could use an unflavored protein mix
- Any type of milk will work
- I used blueberries but you could also use: blackberries, raspberries, or strawberries.
Yes this recipe Is meal prep-able, and will last up to 7 days In the fridge.
Yes, this a great freezer friendly recipe and will last up to 6 months.