Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars

Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars

These bars are studded with fresh, juicy blueberries, with a hint of tangy lemon. Every bite is bursting with flavor, they’re only lightly sweetened and have this wonderful hearty texture. A fill-you-up bar that’s perfect for oatmeal, fruit and on-the-go breakfast lovers alike.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup honey or coconut sugar
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons peanut or almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups fresh blueberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a 9″x 9″ baking sheet with parchment paper and grease the sides with cooking spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the oats, quinoa, honey & baking powder.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the banana, nut butter, eggs, lemon juice and vanilla.
  5. Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients, mixing everything together until fully incorporated. The batter should be moist, but not runny. (If it is too runny add another ¼ cup of oats)
  6. Fold in the blueberries
  7. Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and smooth with a spatula.
  8. Bake on the center rack for 25 – 35 minutes until the bars are golden brown and firm to the touch.
  9. Remove and let cool completely in the pan, then remove and slice into squares (or rectangles).
  10. Store in an airtight container for 4 – 5 days.

Notes

I found that I enjoyed the texture of the bars best after being cooled on a wire rack overnight. Some of the added moisture from the blueberries was removed and they were even more hearty.