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Stack of three puffed quinoa bars with chocolate.

Chocolate Puffed Quinoa Bars

Sugar free and vegan puffed quinoa bars made with raw cacao, dates, and nut butter. These no bake snacks are a healthier gluten free riff on a prairie classic, puffed wheat squares.
Course Chocolate, Cookies and Bars, Dessert
Cuisine North American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Setting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 98kcal


  • 100 grams puffed quinoa
  • 130 grams soft dates, seeded
  • 150 grams runny nut or seed butter
  • 125 ml non-dairy milk
  • 20 grams cacao powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon sea salt*


  • Line a 20cm (8 inch) square baking tin with parchment paper and set aside. Add the puffed quinoa to a large bowl.
    100 grams puffed quinoa
  • In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment, add the dates and nut butter and mix on high speed until a rough paste forms.
    130 grams soft dates, seeded, 150 grams runny nut or seed butter
  • Add the milk, cacao, cinnamon, and salt. Blend again until smooth.
    125 ml non-dairy milk, 20 grams cacao powder, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon sea salt*
  • Add the date mixture to the quinoa puffs and mix until combined. You may need to use your hands to fully mix.
  • Press the bar mixture into the lined baking tin. Use damp hands to really press it in and try to make it as even as possible.
  • Place the tin in the freezer for 30 minutes, or refrigerate for a couple of hours, before cutting into 16 squares. These are best stored in a sealed container in the freezer.



  • The amount of salt can be reduced here if your nut butter includes salt or if you prefer a lower amount.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 90mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g