Beth Baumgartner

Peanut Butter Quinoa Bars

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I am always looking for healthy snacks to help curb my hunger between meals. These healthy peanut butter quinoa bars are the perfect snack because they are easy to make and can be eaten at home or on the go. I love the addition of the dark chocolate chips as it helps to satisfy my sweet tooth! And I like to make these on Sundays and snack on them throughout the week!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total time: 26 minutes
Yield: 9 bars

Peanut Butter Quinoa Bars


Peanut Butter Quinoa Bars Ingredients - Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator Peanut Butter

2 cups cooked quinoa (equal to 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa)
2 cups steel cut oats
1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup Smooth Operator peanut butter
1/2 cup skim milk
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon


1. Cook the quinoa according to the directions on the package. Allow it to cool before moving forward.

Peanut Butter Quinoa Bars - Cook the quinoa according to the directions on the package

2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

3. Combine the cooked quinoa, steel cut oats, chopped chocolate chips, and flaxseed in a bowl, and mix to combine.

Peanut Butter Quinoa Bars - Combine the cooked quinoa, steel cut oats, chopped chocolate chips, and flaxseed

4. Add in the peanut butter, milk, honey, and cinnamon, and stir to combine. Spray the 1/3 measuring cup with nonstick cooking spray before measuring the honey to ensure that it doesn’t stick to the cup.

Peanut Butter Quinoa Bars - Add in the peanut butter, milk, honey, and cinnamon

5. Spray an 8×8-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Transfer the peanut butter quinoa mixture to the baking pan and distribute evenly.

Peanut Butter Quinoa Bars - Transfer the peanut butter quinoa mixture to the baking pan and distribute evenly

6. Bake for 14-16 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and allow the bars to cool. Cut and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Peanut Butter Quinoa Bars - Cut and store in an airtight container in the fridge


What other ingredients would you add to these bars?

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37 Responses to Peanut Butter Quinoa Bars

  1. Juanita C says:

    dried cranberries!

  2. Sarah says:

    i would add some dried cranberries or raisins

  3. joan says:

    any flavor of the craisins or dried apricots

  4. Katheryn Griffith says:

    chopped dark sweet cherries

  5. Kelli says:

    Since smooth peanut butter is used, I’d add chopped peanuts.

  6. Dandi D says:

    I would really like to add coconut and pecans.

  7. Marisol says:

    Shredded Coconut and some coconut oil 🙂

  8. Marisol says:

    Would add some shredded coconut and coconut oil 🙂

  9. cathy johnson says:

    I would add chopped walnuts and dried cranberries

  10. Amanda says:

    Dried cranberries, peanuts, and maybe a drizzle of dark chocolate!

  11. Sara says:

    I think raisins would be delicious in this recipes.

  12. Ashley says:

    Add some peanuts if using smooth peanut butter. Or if not, then maybe some banana pieces on the side, to go with it!

  13. Teresa says:

    Chia seeds

  14. Logan says:

    I would add a scoop of protein powder to make this a complete on-the-go meal bar!

  15. sharon meagher says:

    coconut, or butterscotch chips

  16. Ashari says:

    I would add a little coconut and then spread melted dark chocolate over them like a frosting

  17. Andy Mc says:

    I would add some walnuts or pecans, and maybe some dark chocolate chips!

  18. Jessica says:

    Protein powder. Power up!

  19. Francisco says:

    I would swap the mini dark chocolate chips for dark chocolate covered fruit, like blueberries or cranberries.

  20. Ilona says:

    I would add dried apricots roasted wheatgerm and roasted sunflowerseeds.

  21. Jessica says:

    hemp hearts and a drizzle of chocolate on top

  22. Andrea Jensen says:

    Craisins, chia, and unsweetend shredded coconut

  23. Alison says:

    I would add Almonds.

    But I have a question. The recipe says steel cut oats but many of the pictures show rolled oats. Which is it? I would be concerned with using steel cut since they won’t have a whole lot of liquid to soak up.

    These look so yummy I am hoping to make them this week!

  24. Erin says:

    Some vanilla flavoring and protein powder. YUM!

  25. Sara says:

    Id throw in some coconut or some banana

  26. Kimberley says:

    This recipe looks amazing! If anything I would add almonds.:)

  27. Heidi says:

    Dried cherries and coconut!!

  28. Linda says:

    My best ingredient to add would be 1/2cup unsweetened coconut or a spoonful or two of coconut manna. Yum Yum!

  29. Michael says:

    Dried apples would make a fine addition. 🙂

  30. Janet says:

    The recipe calls for steel cut oats but the photos clearly show rolled oats.

  31. Jessica says:

    Raisons and peanuts

  32. Katie S says:

    I would add some unsweetened coconut and raisins

  33. Heidi says:

    Dried cherries and unsweetened coconut.

  34. Kate says:

    These are amazing! Do play with it and add goodies, BUT, use old fashioned oats. I used steel cut and they’re super chewy and not “cooked”. Still good though!!

  35. Amy Donahue says:

    chia seeds

  36. Molly says:

    added chia seeds, soaked steel cut oats in coconut milk, slivered almonds.

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Peanut Butter Quinoa Bars