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Vegan and Gluten-free protein breakfast bars. Homemade with peanut butter, hemp seeds, quinoa, and other healthy ingredients.

Homemade Protein Breakfast Bars

Simple, healthy, and delicious homemade protein energy bars! Made with quinoa, flax, peanut butter, and more! 

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 Bars
Calories 326 kcal
Author Linda Meyer


  • ¼ cup dry quinoa
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp (15 ml) water
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup roasted and salted cashews
  • ½ cup Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, 32 Ounce">rolled oats
  • ¾ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 4 large dates pitted
  • 3 tbsp raw shelled hemp hearts
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups vegan chocolate chips, divided


  1. Whisk the ground flax seed and water together until if forms a sticky paste. Set aside.
  2. Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh colander and place in a small sauce pan with the water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce to simmer, and cook for 15 minutes or until the water has evaporated. Make sure the quinoa is dry and fluffy, if it's at all wet, the bars may not set. Set aside covered.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350° (177° c)
  4. Put the quinoa, flax mixture, peanut butter, cashews, oats, coconut, dates, hemp hearts, vanilla, and 1 cup of the chocolate chips in a food processor and pulse until the mixture looks like a fine granola. Press into a lightly greased 9 x 9 inch (23 x 23 cm) pan, spread the remaining chocolate chips over the top and gently press them into the batter, and bake for 25 minutes. Let cool completely before slicing.

Recipe Notes

Cool completely before cutting. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. 

The Nutrition Facts are an estimate only.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Protein Breakfast Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 326 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Sodium 54mg2%
Potassium 232mg7%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.