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Quinoa Fruit & Nut Bars (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Browsing none other than the amazing Pinterest the other day, something delicious caught my eye: quinoa fruit & nut bars.

First of all, quinoa is my homeboy. I love that stuff with all my heart, and I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate it into my diet – especially because I eat mostly gluten-free. Secondly… why have I never thought to make my own fruit and nut bars? Well, now I’ve done it. And you should too.

These are surprisingly easy to make, they’re incredibly healthy, they’re customizable to your own little taste buds, and they are absolutely delicious. I brought these in to work to photograph them, and I had to basically bat away people’s hands as I was trying to take photos. Everyone wanted in.

Quinoa fruit & nut bars


1 cup quinoa flakes (I found these next to the regular quinoa at Whole Foods)

1 cup raw almonds, whole

¼ cup shredded coconut

1 cup dried cranberries

1 cup dried apricots

½ cup apple juice

¼ cup sunflower seeds

Quinoa fruit & nut bars


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the quinoa, almonds, and coconut and spread out onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 7-10 minutes until they’re lightly golden, then allow to cool.
  2. Add all ingredients into a food processor and mix until finely chopped. Continue to mix while adding in the apple juice a little bit at a time.
  3. Line a dish with parchment paper. Spoon the mixture in, and press down on top until firm and even. Sprinkle some extra sunflower seeds and coconut on top if you wish, and then refrigerate overnight.

Easy peasy! What variations would you add to this? Let us know. :)

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Becky Miller -January 28, 2014, 8:39AM

Sounds delicious!! I would add a little bit of cacao powder or honey, for added sweetness. Will be experimenting with these at home for sure… Thanks for the ideas!

Juliette Laura -January 28, 2014, 1:10PM

Oh these look so wonderful! Definitely want to make some!

Erika -January 28, 2014, 1:54PM

Awesome, I’ve only made versions of these with oats! Thanks for the recipe! Drying your own fruits would add an extra delicious touch to these!

Alex Salvesen -January 28, 2014, 3:55PM

These look so yummy! Definitely trying this this weekend!

Kirsten -January 28, 2014, 5:17PM

I am definitely trying these. I’m just learning the joys of quinoa since becoming allergic to gluten

Gal biller -January 29, 2014, 1:24AM

I love those! I recently started making home made bars too with tahini and agave nectar but never tried with apple juice, sounds really good!

meg -January 29, 2014, 8:35AM

I never would have thought to use quinoa in a fruit bar! Looks and sounds amazing! Pinning for later!

The Hair Care Pro -January 30, 2014, 11:26AM

Yum! Gonna have to give these a try. I’m not a big fan of cooked quinoa, to be honest, but this looks like a tasty treat

Norma -February 4, 2014, 9:34AM

These look delicious!!! I will make them for sure. How many bars you get from the recipe? Just wondering if I need to double the recipe. Thanks for posting this!!

nikki -February 5, 2014, 3:25PM

i just made these but used buckwheat flakes, peanuts, and dates instead. could use something a little more sweet like the cranberries, but still turned out great! thanks for the recipe :)

Tami -April 19, 2014, 3:36PM

Ooooh they look delicious! I will have to find quinoa flakes and try these.

Tami -April 19, 2014, 3:37PM

Ooooh they look delicious! I will have to find quinoa flakes and try these.

Kirsty -May 27, 2014, 10:18PM

I made these with strawberries and kiwi fruit. So yummy

john -September 17, 2014, 5:40PM

It’s such an easy recipe to prepare, and so versatile. Great to see my recipe is doing its rounds. I hope people give it a go!

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