Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa Bars Recipe (Nut-free Option)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa Bars Recipe (Nut-free Option)

Gluten-free and not too sweet, these chocolate peanut butter quinoa bars are the perfect homemade dessert or snack. The addition of quinoa adds protein, fiber, iron, and nine essential amino acids. Quinoa flour is sold at a number of health food stores, but if you have difficulty finding it, you can simply grind up quinoa in a coffee grinder or blender. They taste even better when served cold the next day!

Makes 16 squares


1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened (for a dairy-free option, replace with Barlean’s Coconut Oil)

1/2 cup crunchy natural organic peanut butter (for a nut-free option replace with sunflower seed butter)

2 large organic eggs

3/4 cup packed brown sugar or Sucanat

1 teaspoon Nature’s Flavors organic vanilla extract

3/4 cup quinoa flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup good quality semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350º F. Coat an 8-inch-square baking pan with butter and a light layer of flour. Beat butter and peanut butter together until creamy. Add in eggs, brown sugar or Sucanat, and vanilla extract. If using Sucanat, let the mixture sit for a few moments to soften the Sucanat granules. Whisk together the dry ingredients: quinoa flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients gradually. Stir until just combined then add in the chocolate chips. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 45 minutes before cutting into 16 pieces.

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Sara Novak specializes in health and food policy writing for Discovery Health. Her work has also been featured on TreeHugger,, TLC Cooking, and Animal Planet. After graduating from the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia, Sara headed up the communication efforts for a national scholarship program in Washington, D.C. Sara has also handled copy writing and public relations for a global environmental consulting firm. She loves fiddling with healthful recipes, traveling, and exploring life atop her yoga mat. Today, Sara lives in Charleston with her husband and two lovable cocker spaniels, Madison and Bella.