Brown Rice Quinoa Crispy Bars (Gluten-Free)

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Seeds are for the birds…until now! These are the ultimate chewy yet satisfyingly crunchy bars. They contain flax meal, which is just ground up flax seeds, and chia seeds giving these bars a HUGE nutritional boost including antioxidants, fiber, omega-3s, protein, and important nutrients for our bones. Not only that, but they also add so much fun texture to the bars. Along with the brown rice cereal and raw tri-colored organic quinoa, they totally enhance the overall mouth feel, providing a delicate yet satisfying crunch. They kinda remind me of those Little Debbie Star Crunch cookies you used to get back in the day, but WAY better for you.

My mom and I made a batch of these with almond butter instead of peanut butter, as you see here, and they were FABULOUS! I can’t pick a favorite, but I love that I can mix it up with whatever I have. Mini chocolate chips add the perfect chocolatey bite, which EVERY chocolate lover needs in a dessert or snack, in my opinion.

Can’t leave ya until I talk about my favorite ingredient in these, and that’s the RAW quinoa. Yes, you can eat it raw and NO it’s not hard on your teeth. It’s not like uncooked pasta; It’s pretty tender and plays a huge part in the crunch factor of these beauties. Trust me, you’ll want to make these Brown Rice Quinoa Crispy Bars over and over and over again!

 

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Quinoa is high in protein, fiber, and antioxidants. Protein helps support healthy muscles (plus quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids making it a complete protein), fiber aids in digestion and increases the feeling of fullness, and antioxidants help protect the body against damage caused by free radicals.

By Camryn Goldstein
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Brown Rice Quinoa Crispy Bars (Gluten-Free)

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes (+ 30 minutes in refrigerator)
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Servings: 16

Ingredients

3/4 cup Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Honey
2 1/2 cups Brown Rice Crisps
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon Raw Quinoa
2 tablespoons Flax meal
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
Mini Chocolate Chips for topping
1 scoop Further Food Collagen Peptides  (optional add-in)

Instructions

  1. In a bowl combine the brown rice crisps, raw quinoa, flax meal, and chia seeds. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan or pot, add the peanut butter, honey, and collagen peptides. Stir over low heat until melted and fully mixed.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the brown rice and quinoa mixture into the pot with the melted peanut butter and honey. Fold everything together gently until combined.
  5. Pour into an 8×8 dish* lined with parchment paper and press the mixture evenly down into the pan.
  6. Pour on the desired amount of chocolate chips. Press them down just a bit.
  7. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes and cut into 16 bars! I keep these in an air-tight container in the fridge. Enjoy!
In a bowl combine the brown rice crisps, raw quinoa, flax meal, and chia seeds. Set aside. In a large saucepan or pot, add the peanut butter, honey, and collagen peptides. Stir over low heat until melted and fully mixed. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Pour the brown rice and quinoa mixture into the pot with the melted peanut butter and honey. Fold everything together gently until combined. Pour into an 8×8 dish* lined with parchment paper and press the mixture evenly down into the pan. Pour on the desired amount of chocolate chips. Press them down just a bit. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes and cut into 16 bars! I keep these in an air-tight container in the fridge. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 161; Total Fat: 7 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 68 mg; Potassium: 56 mg; Carbohydrate: 20 g; Fiber: 2 g; Sugar: 11 g; Protein: 5 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 0%; Vitamin A: 0%; Iron: 2%; Calcium: 4%

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