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Nut, Quinoa & Chocolate Bars

This recipe picks up where our last post ended – it’s another great way to use nut butter. These bars are very simple and tastes just amazing; rich, chewy, crunchy, sweet and salty. Some of our friends called it a grown-up snickers bar, although it’s a lot more energy packed and only made with a few good ingredients. It’s a nice little dessert and also perfect as a post-workout snack.

Before we jump to the recipe, there is another exciting thing we wanted to share. Apparently we’re one of the finalists in Saveur Blog Awards, in the category best use of video! We are so honoured to be included in this specific category since we still feel like rookies in the recipe video sphere. It’s lots of fun to experiment with videos but we have also felt a bit trembling and unsure about the whole thing. So this truly made us happy! There are loads of new talents to explore, you should definitely head over to the saveur.com/blogawards to have a look. If you feel like voting for us or any of the other finalists you just need to log in or register first. Thank you!

To celebrate the nomination, we created this little recipe video for the bars. Elsa is really in to ballet at the moment so she helped pick the music. If you like this video and would like to explore all our other videos, check out our youtube page: youtube.com/greenkitchenstories

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About this recipe. It’s decadent but energising, rich but still with a fresh punch from the ginger. Simply put, it’s a recipe that we are pretty confident that you are going to love. You can use any nut butter in the recipe, we have tried it with various sorts and it seems to taste great regardless of what type we are using. Our favourite is a mix of cashew, sunflower seeds and almonds. If you are allergic to nuts, we recommend using pure sunflower seed butter and skip the almonds in the recipe. Puffed/popped quinoa can be found in health food stores. We haven’t tried making it ourselves but would love to hear if any of you have tried it. You can replace the puffed quinoa with regular rolled oats, puffed amaranth or more nuts and seeds.

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Nut, Quinoa & Chocolate Bars
Makes around 18 bars

2 tbsp cold-pressed coconut oil
10 fresh soft dates, pitted
1 cup / 250 ml / 250 g nut butter (see recipe for homemade nut butter in this post)
1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
1/2 cup / 80 g raw pumpkin seeds/pepitas
1 cup / 80 g puffed quinoa
a handful raw almonds, coarsely chopped
a pinch sea salt flakes, optional

3,5 oz / 100 g dark chocolate (70%)
1/3 cup desiccated coconut (unsweetened)

Melt coconut oil in a medium size sauce pan on low/medium heat. Mash the pitted dates with a fork and add to the sauce pan together with the nut butter and freshly grated ginger. Stir around until it all comes together and cook for just a few minutes on low heat. Remove from the heat. Add pumpkin seeds, puffed quinoa and chopped almonds. Taste and add salt if needed (depending on how salty the nut butter is).

Line an 8 x 10 inch / 15 x 20 cm baking dish with parchment paper and scoop the batter into it. Use the palm of your hands to press everything together tightly into an even rectangle, roughly 2/3 inch / 2 cm high. Put in the fridge or freezer while melting the chocolate on a double boiler / water bath. Pour the melted chocolate over the bars and use a spatula to distribute it evenly. Sprinkle with desiccated coconut and put back into the fridge or freezer until cold and firm. You can store the bars in the freezer and they will last for months or in the fridge if you plan on eating them within a few days. We prefer having them in the freezer and eating them just slightly thawed but still chilled.

120 Comments

  1. Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 15:10 | #

    Those little plump hands *______*
    Btw, I tried something similar with puffed brown rice – with no added ingredients – and it absorbed all the liquid becoming damp and no more crunchy. Is puffed quinoa different?

    • Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 19:14 | #

      Hi Valentina, puffed quinoa isn’t very crunchy to start with. It is more like chewy and it keeps its texture quite well also inside the bars. We added the pumpkin seeds and almonds to the recipe to give the bar some crunch as well. You should try the recipe, it won’t disappoint.
      /David

    • leena
      Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 21:42 | #

      I’m curious about the puffed brown rice cereal as well. I went to Whole Foods today & couldn’t find puffed quinoa. I can check another health food store, but I do happen to have puffed brown rice cereal at home, so was curious if that would work?

      • Posted 21 Apr ’15 at 23:29 | #

        puffed brown rice cereal stays crunchy! I made chocolate with it ;)

  2. Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 15:54 | #

    looks really yummy!!

  3. Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 15:59 | #

    Your baby has the right mind in wanting to take take first tips on these delicious looking bars! So crunchy, sweet and salty and nutty. And MANY congratulations on the Saveur magazine nomination! GKS deserves it! x

  4. Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 16:00 | #

    You don’t need to be insecure about anything: I love your videos (and blog)! I think you absolutely deserve the nomination. I voted for you!

  5. Lydia
    Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 16:28 | #

    I think this video is your best to date! I especially love the music (like Elsa, I am also a ballet fan!). Congratulations on your nomination, I shall go and vote now! Fingers crossed

  6. Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 16:49 | #

    Yay! Congratulations on your nomination! You guys deserve it! And I can’t wait to try these bars!

  7. Sharon
    Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 18:17 | #

    Congrats on the nomination and the best of luck. I am wondering if you can used puffed millet. How would that work. I guess if rolled oats would be good then so would millet.

    • Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 19:10 | #

      Hi Sharon! The puffed quinoa is what makes the texture nice and chewy, I think puffed millet would be just as good. Good suggestion!
      /David

  8. Bethany
    Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 18:23 | #

    The music actually is pretty perfect! :)

  9. Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 18:26 | #

    Congrats on being a Saveur finalist! I love your videos, and apparently I’m not the only one. Much deserved nomination!

  10. Laura
    Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 18:29 | #

    Great video…lovely music. These bars look awesome – I will give them a try soon. So glad to see a bar with NO oats…I’m one of the unlucky Celiacs that cannot tolerate oats. Best of luck – I voted for you!

  11. Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 18:46 | #

    quinoa bars!! I loove quinoa but I’ve never tried it on a dessert it looks amazing :)

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

  12. Tasha
    Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 19:09 | #

    Any tips for nut butter substitutions please?

    • Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 19:15 | #

      Are you allergic? In that case you can use sunflower seed butter. It can be found in health food stores or you can make your own by following the recipe in our last post, it’s really quite simple.
      /David

  13. Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 19:28 | #

    Gosh, what a great, yet simple recipe! I can’t wait to make these. Furthermore, congrats with the nominations. Very deserved. Even though you guys still have doubts about the videos sometimes, I can assure they are beautiful! And I even think they are even more special because both of you are so open to talking about it, and putting yourself out there. You are the best.
    x,
    Ingrid

    • Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 19:31 | #

      Oh and Elsa has a wonderful taste in music! ;)

  14. Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 19:52 | #

    This looks super delicious! I LOVE using dates as a sweetener! I always feel like if I use dates to sweeten something then I can eat as much as I want because its just fruit! And fruit calories don’t count right? ;)
    BTW I love your photos! they are always the right amount of moody (if that makes any sense)

  15. Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 21:06 | #

    This is just beautiful. That video is so simple and delicate. Amazing! Keep up the great work! :)
    xx, inês

  16. Cathelijne
    Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 21:06 | #

    Wow! This looks super delicious! Thanks for this new inspiration. But I don’t like chocolate. Is it possible to don’t use the chocolate. Or do you have substitutions? I hope to hear from you. Thank you very much for this amazing blog. I love your books and blog!

    • Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 22:00 | #

      Yes, you can just skip the chocolate if you don’t like it, they will taste delicious anyway.
      /David

      • Cathelijne
        Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 23:06 | #

        Thank you very much for your reply!
        Great to hear!
        I will make them for easter! Perfect!!

  17. Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 21:07 | #

    everything about this is just darling, and that video just goes to show how well deserved that nomination is! I made a bar similar to this in the past, using coconut nectar as a binder, but the bars never quite lost their stickiness. Using a nut butter and dates doesn’t seem to have that problem, so I’ll be using this recipe when I attempt that endeavor again. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Ellen
    Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 21:31 | #

    Gasp! This looks absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try it :) the filming is gorgeous, as are your children #smooshygorgeous
    May I ask what the music is… I’m a ballet fan too!

  19. Frédérique
    Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 22:16 | #

    Thanks for the suggestion about nut-free bars. I’m allergic to nuts and my son is allergic to peanuts. So we love sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds! I’ll certainly try this amazing and simple recipe during for Easter weekend. Congratulations for your nomination and your beautiful photos. They make me want to try all your recipes!

  20. Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 22:46 | #

    Congratulations on your nomination! You don’t look like rookies. Your videos are STUNNING.
    Thank you also for shaing this lovely recipe :)

  21. Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 23:14 | #

    These look utterly wonderful and the video makes them all the more enticing! Congratulations on the Saveur Blog Awards nominaton. I just cast my vote :)

  22. Sasha
    Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 23:50 | #

    To be honest, I have no need to watch a video to be able to follow your recipes – but I watch your videos anyway! That’s how good they are. They’re as much works of art as instructions. Good luck with the Saveur award.

  23. Posted 1 Apr ’15 at 23:52 | #

    Yum. I have to make these. What perfect timing for easter, since lately the thought of chocolate isn’t so appealing (shock). Thank you for sharing this recipe. I voted. This video is just lovely. And little Isac is just the cutest thing.
    B.

  24. Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 00:04 | #

    I’m with Elsa- that music is amazing!!!

  25. Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 00:13 | #

    I am so happy to see your nomination!!!So well deserved!Ohhh and these bars!Guys you make me so hungry ;)

  26. Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 00:15 | #

    Your talent never seizes to amaze me. Will try these as soon as I am done with my exams – need to stay from kitchen otherwise I won’t pass!
    I think this must be my most favourite video of yours. No, I SURE it is. Beyond adorable, delicious and cute. Already voted for you! Keep it up, guys, and good luck ♡

  27. Elizabeth
    Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 00:23 | #

    Hello there just wanted to say thank you so much for bringing us amazing and healthy food to cook, love it! I was wondering also with the above nut recipe is there something I can use instead of the Dates or any other dried fruit? Thank you for your time! xxx

  28. Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 01:44 | #

    Absolutely beautiful video! Congratulations on your Saveur nomination! Most well deserved… this recipe looks fantastic. I am a professional Ballet Dancer (Lovely music choice Elsa!) and think this would make a great pre-performance power snack! Thank you for sharing!

  29. Sarah
    Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 02:31 | #

    Forgive me follow Saveur nominees and shortlisters, but a don’t understand why you folks aren’t in more categories! Travel, photography, delicious food! Uh?! :)

  30. Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 06:19 | #

    You guys, these look incredible! I love that they are only sweetened with dates, and then the dark chocolate layer and ginger?-so good!

  31. Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 07:47 | #

    Congratulations on the nomination! It’s well, well deserved on your part. I have, on more than one occasion, sat and watched video after video of yours for hours. They always inspire me to get creative and use my hands in the kitchen.

    This recipe is just too good, and this video too cute. You guys always put out such lovely work. Thank you :)

  32. Michelle St John
    Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 08:57 | #

    Congratulations on your video. I absolutely LOVED the music you chose
    For the bars video-mentioning an interest in ballet. While I was made to take a ballet class by our band director when I was the featured twirler-baton-(think that might have been his way of telling me I was less than graceful??). Ballet never became something I enjoyed doing but ALWAYS enjoyed watching & listening to the music used to convey so much. Would you please tell me the name of the piece you used and composer and performer? Thank you for enriching both the taste and audtory senses!

  33. Lea
    Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 09:53 | #

    Do you have any suggestions for us Danes, who are not able to buy puffed quinoa in the stores?
    Thanks for an amazing blog!

    • Bonni
      Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 10:28 | #

      Hi Lea – I have the same issue here in the UK, so I found you can puff your own! http://www.livestrong.com/article/432717-how-do-i-make-puffed-quinoa/

      • Lea
        Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 16:07 | #

        Thanks for the reply Bonni! :-)

      • Cecilie
        Posted 24 Apr ’15 at 13:57 | #

        I am in the UK as well and I was just looking through all the comments to find out where people were getting the puffed quinoa from – so thank you for sharing the link now I can try this recipe. Yay!

  34. Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 10:00 | #

    I tried to vote. But there’s a problem at the Saveurs side :-/ It keeps flashing. I’ll keep on trying !!! You deserve to be the winner.

    • Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 10:29 | #

      I succeed !!! Had to make an account at Saveurs.

  35. Bonni
    Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 10:16 | #

    This looks amazing! The only thing is I really try to reduce the fructose in my diet, is there a really good suitable substitute for the dates? I really struggle to make things like this without dates as the texture always ends up disappointing! :(
    Thanks for any advice you can give!

  36. Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 10:54 | #

    Wanna try them as soon as possible and bring them with me to work, that would be great with a cup of coffee…

  37. Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 13:26 | #

    Congrats on the nomination! The video is so perfect. It’s just lovely. And I’m going to be trying these bars soon. They seem like a grand mix of everything I love. Have a wonderful day!

  38. Karrie
    Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 13:31 | #

    Just made these and they are fantastic! I tried to puff/pop my quinoa…but it was a disaster, so I just used regular oats. Amazing! Planning on always having a batch in the freezer. Also, congrats on the nomination! Well deserved :-)

  39. Flo
    Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 14:46 | #

    Please, let us know what music you used in your video regarding the recipe above. Thank you very much!

  40. ida
    Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 15:12 | #

    I love all you videos, the blog and the books,
    Hope that it’s your videos that winn,

  41. Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 16:02 | #

    Hi guys, these bars looks great. Congratulations for your nomination,you’re always so inspiring.
    Thank you so much for all that you share with us.

  42. Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 16:49 | #

    Those bars look so good!

    And congrats on the Saveur nom. Well deserved! Your videos are amazing!

  43. Emilye
    Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 16:50 | #

    These bars look delicious!
    Can i use regular quinoa in place of the puffed quinoa?
    Also, i can’t get fresh soft dates here, only regular dried pitted dates. How many of those should i use to replace the fresh ones?
    Thank you! You guys are always an inspiration.

    • Abi
      Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 19:26 | #

      I soaked then blended my dates and probably added in another 5 as they seemed small – worked just fine :-)

      • Emilye
        Posted 4 Apr ’15 at 07:37 | #

        thank you Abi for your feedback on using dried dates :)

    • Heather
      Posted 4 Apr ’15 at 06:05 | #

      I just did the dried dates 1:1 per the recipe (mine were all rather large) and, like Abi, soaked them in warm water before. After soaking I was able to mash them with a fork and they incorporated just fine! Also, I attempted the DIY “puffed” quinoa…came out a bit crunchy which I understand is not the texture of store bought puffed quinoa, though still toasty tasting and delicious. I think not doing anything to the quinoa might be a little TOO crunchy, but just try eating some maybe and see what you think (still rinsing first?).

      • Emilye
        Posted 4 Apr ’15 at 07:38 | #

        Thanks a lot Heather for your advice and suggestions! Very much appreciated :)

  44. Romy
    Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 16:53 | #

    I Looovee this recipe+video! And congrats to your nomination, already voted for you!Keep going your blog is pure inspiration!

  45. Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 17:36 | #

    Great recipe, I would like to try it! I just have one question…how to obtain puffed quinoa? Is it something similar to pop corn…but with quinoa (that’s what I found on an italian web site)?!

  46. Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 17:42 | #

    Hi David and Luise,
    Congrats on the nomination – your videos are what I use to make a bad day good!
    I was just wondering what the name of this music is? I know its probably something ridiculously famous, but it made me realise how much i love happy classical music.
    Cheers,
    Lauren

  47. Abi
    Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 19:21 | #

    I just made these! I used mixed puffed grain (millet, rice, amaranth, buckwheat), a mix of cobnut & cashew butter, added in some chopped sharp apricots and macadamias – yum. Thumbs up from us. My Darling Lemon Thyme has a tahini, pistachio and cranberry bar which is a little similar (and delicious), but I think this might stick together a bit better. Its a shame those puffed grains have no crunch though – I wonder if the texture of them might be better toasted? Keep the inspiration coming….

  48. Heidi
    Posted 2 Apr ’15 at 22:25 | #

    Lovely :-) many thanks for inspiration!

    Do you think that Amaranth instead of Quinoa could work as well?

  49. Posted 4 Apr ’15 at 04:07 | #

    This is definitely my favourite video you guys have made!! Elsa did an amazing job with choosing the song.

    When Luise pours the almond butter? With the mashed dates? Oh dear god it looks so delicious! And how cute is baby Isac with the nut butter!

    I’m always looking for healthy snack recipes, and this looks so yum! I’ve never used puffed quinoa before, but I’ve seen it at my local shop. Might need to check it out!

    X

  50. Posted 4 Apr ’15 at 06:45 | #

    Seems like a tasty and healthy dessert … thanks for sharing!

  51. Chloe
    Posted 4 Apr ’15 at 11:23 | #

    These look amazing! I’ve already bought the ingredients for the hemp protein bars from your book to take on a long flight next week, so these will have to be for another time!

    Please keep up the good work David, Luise (and Elsa too obviously). Green Kitchen stories has been a massive inspiration for me. THANK YOU!

    Chloe x

  52. Posted 4 Apr ’15 at 18:00 | #

    Wow – they look (and taste) delicious! Congrats on the nomination, you deserve it big time <3

  53. Nanna
    Posted 5 Apr ’15 at 01:37 | #

    Vild med jeres skønne video! Og nu ved jeg hvad min fridag skal bruges på imorgen – Nut, Quinoa & Chocolate Bars!!

  54. Posted 5 Apr ’15 at 10:33 | #

    I take two bars thank you!

    http://simonkarlsson.blo.gg

  55. Posted 6 Apr ’15 at 15:36 | #

    These look really good. I’m sure they are way better for you than what you can buy at the store. I love how you got your daughter involved in the process of making these. :)

  56. Posted 6 Apr ’15 at 18:49 | #

    Looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it! And congratulations on the nomination!

  57. Posted 7 Apr ’15 at 10:34 | #

    grattis ! this looks delicious !

  58. Posted 8 Apr ’15 at 00:11 | #

    These look so wonderful! I loved the video, which really highlights how simple they seem to be to prepare! I admit I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin seeds…do you think the recipe will work okay if I leave them out? I’m wondering if the consistency will change. I’d love to hear your thoughts, or thoughts from other readers who have perhaps tried the recipe! Thanks for this post. As a long time reader of food blogs, I have to admit (and I hope this doesn’t seem too negative), I’ve been slightly disappointed by so many “popular” food blogs lately. It seems many of their recipes are more for “show” and an opportunity to catch a cool, highly styled. I genuinely appreciate your commitment to whole foods and the approachable nature of your recipes (i.e.: they are things I would actually prepare at home for our family!). :)

  59. Dana
    Posted 8 Apr ’15 at 21:44 | #

    Hey, Very curious…is there a difference between “fresh” dates and the dates I find in the bulk food section? My dates didn’t mash very easily and they were pretty plump ones. Ultimately, it was pretty difficult incorporating everything… Thanks!

  60. Posted 9 Apr ’15 at 07:06 | #

    Loved your hemp protein bars and these look excellent too. The puffed quinoa is an intriguing ingredient I’d like to try. And a bit of dark chocolate on top is always welcome!

  61. Trudi
    Posted 9 Apr ’15 at 15:16 | #

    I have just made these and they are amazing! Have voted for you too, love your videos, they are endlessly inspiring x

  62. Posted 10 Apr ’15 at 14:25 | #

    This looks and must taste absolutely awesome! Thank you for this inspiring recipe. I’m definitely going to make it!! :)

  63. Heather
    Posted 10 Apr ’15 at 15:57 | #

    beautiful video – love the whole family getting involved! x

  64. Posted 11 Apr ’15 at 00:11 | #

    Love this recipe. I have recently been munching on pumpkin seeds. I do not have quinoa, but this motivates me to buy some. I absolutely hate store bought flapjacks and the like. They are riddled with sugar and God-knows what else. I need something like this recipe to snack on at work. Thanks for giving me an energy-boosting recipe. http://www.intomytummy.com

  65. Linnea
    Posted 12 Apr ’15 at 08:48 | #

    Hi!
    Many of your delicious recepies use a big amount of nuts which is quite expensive. Mixing it with seeds is a great idea. Have you found any good shop or internet page to buy from? I live in Stockholm as well. Usually I go to Ica but it can be difficult to find organic nuts sometimes.

    Finally spring!
    Linnea

  66. Posted 12 Apr ’15 at 08:49 | #

    I’m just completely in love with every aspect of this! The video is so sweet and magical, I love the music, the light, the recipe. Gorgeous all around. I’m off to vote for you! It’s your videos that have inspired me to begin dabbling in video, as well. Thank you a million for the inspiration!

  67. amelie
    Posted 12 Apr ’15 at 17:55 | #

    Hey you folks,
    just tried to vote for you at the Saveurs contest, because i think you clearly are the best among the contestants and your work is definetely worth it. But I was a little confused with the register process. is there any chance to vote without registering?
    Anyway, great compliments to your work overall. Loving your recipes (and already got my family infused, too) and over all your approach to life. Your appearance (blog and videos) always has this nice atmosphere, that gives me confidence, excitement and joy. i’m sometimes just watching your videos for feel-good-mood. So yeah, i think you definitely deserve to be the winner.
    greets amelie

  68. Bek
    Posted 14 Apr ’15 at 05:08 | #

    HAPPY FOOD DANCE!!!!! Wow these bars are delicious, easy to make, taste amazing, the giner flavour is so lovely! I didnt add the chocolate top the top, just the coconut and they were still devine!!

  69. Posted 14 Apr ’15 at 10:46 | #

    I think this is great video along with the lovely music.These bars look awesome and I think you absolutely deserve the nomination. I voted for you.Finally,Any tips for nut butter substitutions please?

  70. Jessica E
    Posted 14 Apr ’15 at 23:38 | #

    Love the bars and how versatile they are! Just made them for a friend’s birthday and had to keep a couple for myself for “quality control”. I used a mixture of half peanut and half almond/hazelnut butter, subbed puffed millet instead of quinoa, and used hazelnuts and cashews in place of the Pepitas and almonds since that’s what I had on hand. I have no doubt that my friend will love them. Thanks David and Luise (and Elsa and Isac)!

  71. Posted 18 Apr ’15 at 17:50 | #

    I tried them and it’s sooooooooooooo good
    Thanks 4the recipe

  72. Hermione
    Posted 19 Apr ’15 at 07:14 | #

    Hi!
    what if i cant get my hands on fresh soft dates..what can i use?

  73. Posted 20 Apr ’15 at 14:11 | #

    The effort are appreciate able, you did a wonderful job and it looks so professional.
    Please keep them coming.

  74. Posted 20 Apr ’15 at 17:40 | #

    Congratulations on your nomination. This is an amazing recipe, can’t wait to brew some herbal tea and give this chocolate bar a test.

  75. Stephanie
    Posted 21 Apr ’15 at 16:10 | #

    Could I use puffed Amaranth instead of puffed Quinoa?

    These look delicious! :)

  76. Posted 22 Apr ’15 at 01:03 | #

    Oh my. These sound delicious. I love that you share tasty healthy treat recipes. Eating real food is vital. We are need to more deeply connect with what we eat.
    We are getting ready to hit the road and explore what we eat, one ingredient at time time. It should be quite an adventure. http://f2ta.com

  77. vita
    Posted 23 Apr ’15 at 16:59 | #

    I made it with puffed amaranth (three times already:-). It is one of the best desserts I have ever eaten. Congrats on the recipe!!!

    best,Vita

  78. Jeannine
    Posted 25 Apr ’15 at 06:32 | #

    I couldn’t find puffed quinoa so I made my own!!!
    and it was quite easy! I bought regular dry quinoa from the store, took about 1 cup of it and rinsed it in a mini handheld strainer to rid the quinoa of the bitter saponins in it. I then dumped the quinoa on a parchment baking sheet and turned my oven down to the lowest setting (my oven was at 115) and baked the quinoa for 1 1/2 hours or until dry. Finally the popping begins! heat a pan until it hot and pour 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time of the quinoa into the pan ( just for even popping)and let it pop for about 10- 15 second and then pour into anther bowl. Store in sealed jars once cooled

  79. Iva
    Posted 8 May ’15 at 14:34 | #

    This recipe is sooooo gooood! I’ve made it several times already and my family loves it! Thank you!

  80. PHILIP
    Posted 11 May ’15 at 06:20 | #

    Any suggestions on where to purchase the puffed quinoa? I have not had any luck.
    Thank you,

    P.S. Each recipe is amazing and I am continuing to try more, many thanks and blessings.

  81. Posted 16 May ’15 at 09:16 | #

    these bars seem absolutely delicious,I’m a french mom and I want to test your recipe Can you tell me the size of your dish ?

    Thank you!

  82. Julia
    Posted 26 May ’15 at 22:18 | #

    Just made these, and they are so great! Everybody should give these a go :) I’m gonna try them with rolled oats next time.

  83. Willemijn
    Posted 30 May ’15 at 21:26 | #

    It’s so hard to find any gluten-, nut- and oat-free (healthy!) bar, so I’m so glad I found these!! Substituted the nut butter with sunflower seed butter and left the almonds out, and they were great! However, the next time I’ll use a little less sunflower seed butter because the taste was quite dominant. Nevertheless, the best bars I ever made! :)

  84. Posted 2 Jun ’15 at 13:28 | #

    This is an amazing recipe, Can’t wait to try it!
    Great video and lovely music.
    Thank you also for shaing this lovely recipe :)

  85. Roxanne
    Posted 12 Jun ’15 at 02:39 | #

    i used puffed millet….worked great! i’ve always used oats for my family bars. i love the new twist. i left out all nut butter and added more dates prunes and water…coconut oil, ground flax seeds, lots of coconut, the puffs were a nice texture. thanks

  86. Tom
    Posted 14 Jun ’15 at 22:48 | #

    Hi David. These look very quaffable so make them I must. I just wondered what dark chocolate you use? Is there a particular brand you would recommend? Thanks!

  87. Emmarie
    Posted 30 Jun ’15 at 14:01 | #

    Are quinoa flakes interchangable with puffed quinoa? Thanks!

  88. Posted 1 Jul ’15 at 15:31 | #

    Oh~ it’s so lovely. Hey why you don’t have star vote for recipes. I’m gonna vote this 5 out of 5 stars.

  89. Eva
    Posted 13 Jul ’15 at 13:38 | #

    Hi David & Luise,
    I’ve found both of your books in my local library. I fell in love instantly. I didn’t had those feelings since I learned about ‘veg’ a few years ago.
    I am constantly cooking your recipes since. I’ve also tried these bars. They taste amazing, but mine tend to fall apart a bit. Do you reccon I didn’t use enough nutbutter? Or maybe I didn’t press hard enough?

    Thank you for all the beautifull recipes.

    Eva

  90. Consuelo
    Posted 28 Jul ’15 at 15:20 | #

    Hi, I just wanted to say this is a great recipe, I did it for a friend who wanted a healthy yummi snack to eat and she (and other people too) really loved it, specially because sometimes it seems healthy and yummy dont get along.

    Muchas gracias, saludos desde Chile :D :D !!

  91. Mona
    Posted 31 Jul ’15 at 07:52 | #

    These are my favourite bars!
    Since I started making my own nut butters with your previous post I have been making these very regularly, particularly when I have to spend days in the library studying. They are a great snack, so easy to make and very delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  92. Lee-Anne M
    Posted 6 Aug ’15 at 06:35 | #

    I’m so happy I came across this recipe and this site and can’t wait to make these tomorrow for a road trip. This recipe video actually made me tear up (thanks estrogen). I loved everything about it! You are now at the top of my list for more inspiration :)

  93. Mylene
    Posted 23 Sep ’15 at 21:15 | #

    Hi guys ,
    i have been following for quite a while now and never really post anything but just to let you know that I LOVE all your recipes. They are great inspiration, and the pictures are to “die” for :)
    I have made these bars a lots and they are my main snack for energy while doing long mountain bike ride ( 2-3 hours) and they hit the spot all the time ( even when i’m just sitting and looking through your blog!)
    They are delicious! Great job on everything you are doing
    Mylene

  94. Lucia
    Posted 11 Oct ’15 at 09:46 | #

    Hi all, thanks for your incredibly healthy and delicious recipes.I’m 17 and I’m getting closer to an healthier lifestile thanks to you. I’ve been wanting to try this tasty bars for a while byt I’ve got some questions. Could I replace the fresh dates with the dry ones,soaked, in this recipe but also in all the other you have with them in? For example the hemp protein bars? And also the coconut oil with rice oil? That’s because I live in italy and it’s quite difficoult to find these ingredients. Thank you so much and sorry for my bad end sorry for my bad english!

  95. Mary
    Posted 12 Oct ’15 at 13:28 | #

    Can I use dried dates instead of fresh? Maybe reconstituted by soaking in water? I have looked for fresh dates but can’t get them where I am and would love to try this recipe.

  96. Kat
    Posted 2 Dec ’15 at 21:52 | #

    These are unbelievably delicious! I’m eating them straight from the freezer…great recipe.

  97. Posted 18 Jan ’16 at 13:40 | #

    Hi dear David & Luise!
    Love the recipe! Thanks so much!
    I was wondering if the puffed quinoa is so much heavier over there? ;)
    I can hardly get 30 grams if I fill up a cup.
    Also, 8 and 10 inches are bigger in cm then the sizes you’re mentioning.
    Maybe you already know this and I’m the 36st person telling you this. Sorry then! Just want to help :)
    Love love love your work, it is always am inspiration.
    Best, Jenneke

  98. Filippa
    Posted 9 Feb ’16 at 20:57 | #

    Thank you for the best food blog ever!
    I just made these bars, but they are just falling apart! And does not look as beautiful as yours :( I used Kung Markattas peanut butter, and it doesn’t look as creamy as your homemade nut butter, do you think that could be the reason? Or do you have any other suggestion what might have gone wrong?

  99. Jenny I.
    Posted 14 Mar ’16 at 13:21 | #

    I have been following you for a while know (from Berlin). Today I found the time to print out some receipes. I will be making: the Veggie Bouillabaisse, the quinoa bars and your take on my country´s most famous dish: Sauerkraut. Thank you and your family for your lovely blog!

    Love, Jenny

    BTW, I love your app. It was absolutely worth the 5 €!!!

  100. cecilia
    Posted 10 Apr ’16 at 14:15 | #

    i’ve made these twice since the recipe was posted long ago and they are absolutely delicious. keep up the excellent work! love from Barcelona.

  101. Posted 20 Apr ’16 at 06:52 | #

    Awesome, so detailed, my kids love chocolate so much. I will try your recipe to make this for them. Hope they will love it, thank you so much!

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