These vegan and gluten free nutritious Strawberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars are an absolute delight. It’s the prefect grab and go breakfast and serves well as a snack for those odd hours.
Instead of store bought bars which are high in sodium and sugar I always prefer making my own bars. It gives me an option to play around with my choice of ingredients and add as much nutrition as possible. These nut free vegan bars are my latest addiction.
The combination of fresh strawberries blended with pure maple syrup and folded into quinoa flakes is outstanding. Simple steps and simple ingredients make these bars all the more desirable.
This time of the year we plan for more outdoor activities especially hiking and marathons. This is the time when we need healthy replenishment to be able to enjoy our sport activities energetically. Even if we are camping we want some quick grab and go snacks.
Keeping the weather and its related activities in mind I came up with Strawberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars.
These bars are calling out to all my health conscious readers who are looking for healthy yet delicious snacks for in between meals to keep up their metabolism. These bars serve well as a pre – workout snack. All in all these are versatile and healthy option for summer and suits every age group’s taste buds.
These are easy to make and no babysitting is required for these bars.
Just whip up the ingredients and put it in the oven. Bake it until done. Let it cool completely before cutting it into slices. Store in the refrigerator and enjoy for the entire week.
The only caveat in this recipe is that I used quite a bit of maple syrup. However, I tried this recipe with many other options and tried some fruit based sweetener. All other sweetener was over powering the flavor of strawberries. I also tried putting half the mentioned sweetener in the recipe. The bars came out bland and needed the extra punch. Therefore, the mentioned combination with the mentioned measurement works best for these bars.
So, go ahead and give it a try. Enjoy summer sports and stay healthy and well replenished!
Strawberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars
- 2 cups roughly chopped fresh strawberries
- 1 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 2 cups quinoa flakes
- 1/4 tsp salt
- In a blender combine strawberries, maple syrup, vanilla extract and olive oil. Blend it smooth.
- In a large mixing bowl combine quinoa flakes and salt and set it aside.
- Fold in the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well with a spoon. Set aside and let it soak for few minutes.
- Preheat the oven at 350 degree Fahrenheit. Prepare the 8*8 inch square pan with a parchment paper.
- Now, pour the batter into the square pan and spread it evenly.
- Place the baking pan in the middle rack of the oven and bake it for 30 minutes or until the tester comes out clean.
- Let it cool completely and cut into desired pieces. Save the bars in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 5 days.
- This recipe makes 10 bar pieces and the serving size is 1 bar per person
Can blueberries be used? My daughter has allergies to strawberries. Thank you.
I have personally not used blueberries in this recipe. You may give it a try. I would recommend adjusting the sweetener as per taste in case you plan to use blueberries.
does the quinoa need to be cooked before mixing?
If you use quinoa flakes then you may use it directly. If you use regular quinoa then yes it has to be cooked.
Angie Rose says
Oh my! This looks absolutely delicious. It looks so good, I may just try making it tomorrow 🙂
Ooh these look so delicious! And I’m so happy to have found a vegan recipe!! 🙂 Will def be giving this a shot since strawberries are in season now. Yay!
Corinne & Kirsty says
They look delicious! I don’t eat quinoa at all. I have tried once but was not successful in cooking it so gave up. But I know it is super nourishing yet low calorie so I should really try it again! This recipe sounds like a good start! xx corinne
Thank you Corinne. I would recommend you to try quinoa again because of its immense health benefits.
Yum! This looks so good! What a perfect easy breakfast and unique way to use quinoa!
Lynn Woods says
I love quiona. These look yummy! My husband doesn’t like it at all, but this may be a way to get him to it!
I am sure he will start liking quinoa.
What a cool way to use quinoa! I’ve never thought to try out quinoa in a bar, but now I want to.
Kristen Kavan says
these look amazing! I’ve never made quinoa into bars before, but I really want to try! And with fresh strawberries! yum!
Thank you Kristen. Hope you enjoy them.
Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade says
Never thought of adding fruit to quinoa. What a unique idea! Love this
These look amazing!!! I can’t wait to try them!!! I definitely love how easy these are to make and only a few ingredients!!! Great Post!!!
Thank you Tessa.
This looks delicious. I waste so much money on high priced protein bars because I thought it would be to hard to make my own. These look simple and delicious, I’m going to try them.
i have never eaten quinoa in a sweet way like this – i’m excited to try it in warm summer months
Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated says
I use quinoa in savory recipes all the time, but never sweet snacks like this. Can’t wait to try it!
I love quinoa and am always looking for creative ways to get it in my diet. Trying these soon! Can you purchase the flake version most anywhere?
Quinoa flakes may not be available everywhere yet. However, depending on your location its available in grocery store’s health aisle. Online its easily available.
What a cool use for quinoa. These look delicious and are thee perfect way to start the day.