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


  • ¼ cup dry quinoa
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoon 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" class="wprm-recipe-ingredient-link">rolled oats
  • ¾ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 4 large dates pitted
  • 3 tablespoon raw shelled hemp hearts
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups vegan chocolate chips, divided


  • Whisk the ground flax seed and water together until if forms a sticky paste. Set aside.
  • 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.
  • Preheat the oven to 350° (177° c)
  • 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.


Cool completely before cutting. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. 
The Nutrition Facts are an estimate only.


Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 3.3mg