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Quinoa Cranberry Breakfast Bars

Quinoa is the powerhouse of superfoods...try it out in these yummy cranberry quinoa breakfast bars!

 

In the world of super-foods, quinoa would be the Jennifer Aniston equivalent.  It seems that every health and fitness television program, magazine, and internet article seems to put a spotlight on this undeniably healthy grain (well, technically a seed.)  Being comprised of all nine essential amino acids, quinoa is the only grain that is considered a complete protein.  It cooks up quickly, and easily and with a nutty flavor it can be used a variety of recipes.  From turning pasta salad into a quinoa salad, stir-fries, and even in stuffed peppers, quinoa can be easily substituted for most grains in any recipe.  I usually enjoy my quinoa tossed with roasted veggies and olive oil (check out the recipe here:  Roasted Veggie Quinoa). Always looking to expand my breakfast repertoire, I decided to substitute quinoa for oatmeal in a yummy batch of granola bars. With a smear of nut butter and some fresh peach slices on the side, these bars make a deliciously filling breakfast.

 

Quinoa Cranberry Breakfast Bars (Serves 6)

 

  • 1 1/2 cups of cooked and cooled quinoa
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup of almond milk (soy or skim milk will work too)
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar

 

  • Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  • Pour mixture into a greased baking dish (8x8)
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  • Let cool and slice into 6 slices

 

Nutrition:

  • Calories:  170
  • Carbohydrates:  36 grams
  • Fats:  1 gram
  • Protein:  5 grams
  • Fiber:  3 grams
  • Calcium:  4 grams

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Taylor Grant Greenberg October 16, 2012 at 04:22 PM
So happy you liked them! The apples are a great idea! Thinking of trying pumpkin puree next time for a fall inspired bar!
Pem McNerney October 16, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Ellen, this is what Taylor had to say about that via Twitter: "so happy they were a hit! They didn't last too long in my house, thinking of trying it with some pumpkin purée next!"
Diane Palmquist October 17, 2012 at 12:36 PM
I made these and they were very good! I am trying to limit my wheat intake. Next time I will add some nuts or sunflower seeds. Choc. Chips would be good too! I also might double the recipe. Any suggestion on the pan size needed, 9X13? Thanks, Diane
Laura I. Maniglia October 17, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Thanks for the recipe! I substituted craisins for the cranberries and honey for the sugar, and the bars are delicious! The nutty flavor of the quinoa is quite satisfing!
Pem McNerney October 18, 2012 at 05:10 PM
OK I have something of a science experiment in the oven right now ... inspired by this recipe. Leftover six-grain breakfast cereal, egg whites, brown sugar, apples and a few other ingredients. If it turns out edible or better I will let you know!

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