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It’s WIAW which means it’s time to share another delicious treat with you all.

I love quinoa. It’s a tasty whole grain that’s also a complete protein. Win!

Dinner is where you’ll often times find it. I use it as a side or sprinkled on salads. You can also find it in: Apple Almond Quinoa with Maple Sausage and Spinach & Chicken Stir-fry with Raspberries.

This time last week I incorporated quinoa into dessert by making: Sunflower Quinoa Cookies.

Now it’s time to bring it to breakfast! Quinoa Breakfast Bars from The Adventures of Z and K

Lindsay over at The Lean Green Brean has posted about Quinoa Breakfast Bars for quite some time. I finally decided to give them a try, making some slight modifications along the way!

Quinoa Breakfast Bars (gluten-Free & Vegan!)

As Adapted from The Lean Green Bean

(Makes 6 large bars or 8 medium bars)

  • 1/2 c almond meal
  • 1 c cooked quinoa
  • 1 c old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 c coconut almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/3 c raw almond butter
  • 1/4 c unsweetened coconut
  • 1 flax egg
  • 1/3 c mashed banana (or 1 medium banana)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


1. Combine banana, vanilla, flax egg, almond butter in a small bowl and mix well.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir.
3. Place mixture into a greased pan (8X8 brownie pan ideal, but this casserole dish was all I had).
4. Bake at 375 for 20 min or until golden brown.
4. Let cool and cut into 6 large bars (or 8 medium sized ones).
5. Store in the refrigerator.

Quinoa Breakfast Bar

Quinoa Breakfast Bar

Quinoa Breakfast Bar The Adventures of Z and K

The Verdict

Tasty and hearty. They have lots of protein (quinoa, almond butter, almonds) plus whole grains (quinoa, oats) as well as fruit (banana!). All the essential components for a meal or snack to keep you full and satisfied!

The Changes

My alterations to the original recipe involved changes to make it low FODMAP/gluten free/egg free/low sugar. This included:

  • Using almond meal instead of garbanzo bean flour.
  • Coconut almonds in place of walnuts.
  • A flax egg.
  • Omitting brown rice syrup.
  • Substituting mashed banana for applesauce.

I encourage you to check out Lindsay’s version if you’re looking for something a bit sweeter. My taste buds operate just fine without sugar added but I know that’s not for everyone.

Happy baking!