Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Recently, I performed a routine clean out of “staple” ingredients that I’ve been meaning to use, including chocolate chips, flaked coconut, honey, half a box of quinoa and about one-third container of oatmeal. I’ve seen other bloggers make homemade oatmeal breakfast bars, which looked pretty tasty. Even though I’m not a huge breakfast bar kind of gal, I don’t mind giving them a go every now and then.

This is the recipe I loosely followed. However, some comments on the recipe indicated that the mixture was too crumbly with only 1 egg, with others going so far as to adding 4. I used 4, but I think it would be just fine with 3. As for variations, I skipped the dried fruit, used regular quinoa instead of quinoa flakes, and substituted in chopped hazelnuts.

1 & 1/2 c. quinoa
2 c. old fashioned oats
1/2 c. chopped hazelnuts
1/2 c. shredded coconut
1/2 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. honey
1/4 c. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. brown sugar
3-4 eggs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 inch pan with foil or parchment paper, letting the paper overhang the sides. Spread the oatmeal, quinoa, coconut, and chopped nuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until golden and fragrant, about 10 minutes.

Melt the butter over low heat with the honey and brown sugar until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and the salt. Stir the butter/sugar mixture into the toasted oats and nuts. Stir in the eggs and chocolate chips. If you want your chips to keep their shape, make sure to allow the mixture to cool for another 10 minutes.

Spread mixture into the baking pan and press firmly into pan. Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool completely, then lift from pan using parchment, and cut into bars. Store granola bars in an airtight container.

66 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rondamkisner
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 07:49:00

    I have been looking of a breakfast bar recipe for my hubby. I have never seen one with whole quinoa before. That is a very interesting idea. Did you enjoy them?

  2. Three-Cookies
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 08:09:49

    Its interesting and unusual to see quinoa in this cookie/bar.

  3. TrafficDiva
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 08:29:27

    Those look SUPER healthy and tasty! And since I’m not one for “healthy”, I would eat these in a heartbeat just because they look like regular health bars. This would be a good recipie for parents to add in homemade snack items for the kiddies!

  4. chefconnie
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 08:35:38

    I certainly have to make these.

  5. Inger Wilkerson
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 08:51:56

    My kids have been asking me to make chewy bars and I have been wanting to do something with quinoa so this may just be the ticket! Now if I could just figure out how to substitute oat groats (which I accidentally bought a 25 lb bag of thinking it was oatmeal, sigh…)

  6. Just A Smidgen
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 09:15:10

    I love breakfast bars.. and often use them as an on-the-run substitute for lunch or snack. These turned out so healthy with your quinoa addition!

  7. Dara
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 09:35:21

    Yay! I love quinoa and I love breakfast. Awesome recipe.

  8. saffronandhoney
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 09:36:04

    I’m not a huge quinoa lover but these look really fun and satisfying!

  9. Christy Majors
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 10:09:13

    Mmmm. Perfect for breakfast on the go. At Red Mountain Resort they served quinoa like oatmeal in the morning with some stewed fruit – it was delicious!

  10. sienna
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 10:34:19

    ok this sounds delicious. i love quinoa and am always looking for new ways to eat it!

  11. mary
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 10:43:25

    Well this is brilliant !! who would have thought to use Quinoa – wonderful recipe 🙂
    Mary x

  12. vianneyrodriguez
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 11:23:50

    I love finding new uses for quinoa,thanks for sharing!

  13. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 11:42:41

    I have not seen Quinoa used in a breakfast bar before! Looks and sounds great though. Can’t wait to try it.

  14. thekalechronicles
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 11:43:11

    I’m not a quinoa fan, but if I put it in bars like these I might not even notice it!

  15. Lisa(@LisaNutrition)
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 12:27:36

    I love breakfast bars, esp. homemade ones! This looks fantastic!

  16. Purely.. Kay
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 12:51:01

    These oatmeal bars are perfect for breakfast,, especially when I am usually on the go. Delish

  17. mireia
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 12:55:47

    I’ve never made bars before but these look great!!

  18. InCucinaDaME
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 12:56:34

    Hey thanks, i was in the moode to make some breakfast bars and hey presto! your post appears in my mailbox !

  19. Anita Menon
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 13:30:05

    Looks so healthy and scrumptious.

  20. Kristin
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 13:39:52

    I’ve yet to try quinoa, but I need to since it’s such a power food!

  21. Norma Chang
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 15:34:15

    Sure is a healthy grab-and-go breakfast treat. I would probably use it a lot for garb-and-go lunch for the days when I am running around and no time to stop for lunch.

  22. eatinglikeahorse
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 15:37:55

    You can’t go wrong with the oat/coconut combination! These look great, I like the idea of using normal quinoa too; I bet the texture’s fab 🙂

  23. Choc Chip Uru
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 15:57:57

    These bars look delicious! 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  24. Amanda
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 16:04:44

    I just flagged these. I need quinoa ideas and I have just about everything else to make them, they look perfect! Thanks.

  25. eva626
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 16:09:54

    those look great!!!! i always wanted to make my own homemade bars.

  26. bakingaddict
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 16:35:00

    I’ve never baked with quinoa before. Not a great fan of breakfast bars either but if I made my own I would definitely eat them! I’m bookmarking this to try 🙂

  27. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 16:44:27

    Ah, another pantry raid recipe…I love it! These look and sound really great and as others have mentioned I’ve never baked with quinoa…what a great spin on using it!

  28. Kitchen Belleicious
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 16:48:48

    its like the perfect ultimate breakfast! Love that you added quinoa. so interesting and i bet just amazing

  29. Garden Correspondent
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 17:03:57

    These look so great- I want to make them immediately. What great lunch box fare.

  30. samology
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 18:59:21

    That’s a delicious bar! I love home-made stuff best! I’ve yet to make my own bars. hehee.. Thanks for sharing!

  31. ceciliag
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 19:04:42

    I have never used quinoa for anything.. really really time i started! c

  32. Simply Life
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 19:27:44

    oh wow! these look incredible!!!

  33. ohfishiee
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 19:54:12

    i usually buy ready-made ones, but they are usually oversweetened 😦

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  34. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 20:12:27

    These bars are the perfect afternoon pick me up with a cup of coffee. Yummy!!!

  35. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 20:17:30

    Those look awesome! That’s one well-stocked pantry.

  36. Life is Full
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 22:44:06

    You cleaned out your pantry and made something healthy! Well done!! 🙂

  37. Holly
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 23:22:21

    I always check comments on recipes to change the recipe accordingly. I am loving the sound of your version! Im bookmarking this one to try!!

  38. Bam's Kitchen
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 00:29:54

    I would have never thought to put quinoa in my breakfast bar. That is genius. BAM

  39. hotlyspiced
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 04:58:44

    What a great idea! Quinoa is a grain that is so good for you. Wonderful to start the day with something so awesome. Well done with your recipe xx

  40. Kristen
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 05:35:20

    I have always cooked quinoa before. I didn’t realize that you could use it dry like this (I am always afraid I will break a tooth on hard things). I will definitely have to rethink my use of that handy grain.

  41. forgottenbeast
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 06:58:08

    Oh my gosh, this is JUST my sort of recipe! Bookmarking this! I need a trip to Costco so I can get some (bulk) quinoa, and as soon as I do, it’s bar time!

  42. Ms Jelena
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 07:07:26

    YUM! They look great, I never realised you could use quinoa like this! Love it! xx

  43. Elaine
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 07:35:42

    I think it’s time for me to do the same and clean out my pantry. These look great and healthy.

  44. Cakelaw
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 07:40:12

    These look so good! Also way more substantial than the ones you buy – which leave me feeling hungry. Delish!

  45. heathersbytes
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 09:23:59

    These sound amazing, and look delicious. We’re quinoa fans here too, so I’m going to have to give these a shot!

  46. Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 10:05:42

    What a wholesome and healthy idea for breakfast! These look so delicious and flavorful. Great recipe!

  47. Maddy
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 10:10:14

    Interesting recipe! Quinoa is not something you usually see for breakfast, but why not! 🙂

  48. katyarich
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 10:18:16

    Those looks great, I’m really fond of quinoa, 🙂

  49. Baking is my Zen
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 12:04:03

    Very interesting use of quinoa…never had quinoa. Looks great!
    Great mind think alike…I was about to go through my kitchen cabinets/fridge to see what I can bake to use up ingredients before they go ‘south’.. 🙂


  50. Liz Berg (@ThatSkinnyChick)
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 16:57:30

    Another great use for half used box of quinoa! Did you make your sardines????

  51. Betty
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 20:07:40

    I love a “grab and go” breakfast- these look great. They’d make for a happy morning, I’m sure! 🙂

  52. Louise
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 20:10:28

    I just haven’t been able to warm up to Quinoa. Oh alright, I’ll try again. You make those bars took so darn good, how could I not?

    Thanks for sharing, Yummy…

  53. LV Davis (@FoodfashinFlow)
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 21:49:42

    wow! those look good and I bet hey are great with coffee!

  54. Terra Baltosiewich (@CafeTerraBlog)
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 22:08:03

    YAY!!! Love the recipe…but you know I love quinoa:-) I need to start making my granola bars for my traveling breakfast. Will have to try this lovely treat:-) Hugs, Terra

  55. Maureen (@OrgasmicChef)
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 02:48:28

    I love quinoa and these bars look terrific… amazingly terrific. 🙂

  56. Kathy
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 22:23:42

    I love quinoa, but never would have thought of using it in a cookie! These look wonderful!

  57. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 09:33:30

    I already like this because of oat and coconut but there is qunioa in here? Wow that is awesome!

  58. sally
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 13:54:25

    What a creative use of quinoa! These bars look great!

  59. Miriam
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 16:31:18

    Fabulous! I adore new ways of making quinoa :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  60. Healthiful Balance
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 12:48:29

    I love quinoa. I love oatmeal. I love bars like this.. perfect! 🙂

  61. C
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 16:41:35

    I love the changes you made in these. Another way to use quinoa – yeah.

  62. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Apr 18, 2012 @ 03:10:07

    Hazelnuts, chocolate chips and coconut – I’m in! These would make for a fabulous breakfast.

  63. sanyaliving
    Apr 18, 2012 @ 06:37:39

    I like the look of this, have been looking for ways to use quinoa.

  64. Kathy Kirk
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 11:27:16

    Just to be clear, is the quinoa cooked? or not. I just bought it for the first time, so not sure when you’re toasting it as raw or cooked?

    • yummychunklet
      Apr 21, 2012 @ 12:29:53

      The quinoa I used was not cooked, so there was a slight bite to them. However, the original recipe calls for quinoa flakes, so that might be more mealy and easier to chew.

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