It’s been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It helps you boost your metabolism, sets the tone for your body to fuel correctly during the day, yada yada.
But for some people (like me), breakfast can be overlooked and undervalued. Especially if I run in the morning, it often gets pulled together last minute. This usually means that instead of a thought out, balanced, great looking and great tasting meal, I end up housing cereal and greek yogurt at my desk. Not so pretty, not so fun.
So I began the search for a quick, easy, filling breakfast recipe. I found a ton of quinoa breakfast bar recipes, and attempted to make these from Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean. All was going well, until I realized that I left out the flour…and the cinnamon in her recipe. Oops. So I winged it and these were born. So yummy and easy for anyone on the go!
I have found myself grabbing for these before and after runs, as midday snacks, and even before bed. Now it’s time to share the recipe with you!
Chewy Quinoa Bars (adapted from The Lean Green Bean’s Quinoa Breakfast Bar recipe)
- 1/3 c. applesauce
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1/3 c. peanut butter
- 1/4 c. honey
- 1 c. cooked quinoa
- 1 c. oats
- 1/2 c. walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 c. craisins
- 1/2 tsp. – 1/2 tbsp. cinnamon (depending on personal preference)
1. Combine applesauce, vanilla, egg, peanut butter and honey in a small bowl and mix well.
2. Add the remaining ingredients EXCLUDING CINNAMON and stir until just mixed.
3. Spoon into a greased 9×9 pan and sprinkle cinnamon over top.
4. Bake at 375 for 20 min or until golden brown.
5. Let cool and cut into 8 bars.
6. Store in the refrigerator.
Notes: For an easy measure, I use one single serve applesauce ‘cup.’ The JA has them on hand for a snack and so I snag one for the recipe! The cinnamon ones give an extra punch and can be used in conjunction or in lieu of the sprinkled cinnamon on top.
I was also thinking about changing the recipe even further to include some chocolate. I’ll make sure to keep you posted if I do!
Breakfast – best meal of the day or something to get through?
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