37 responses to “Chewy Quinoa Granola Bars: Picky Eater Lunchbox”

  1. Kate

    These look awesome! I wonder if there are any easy substitutions I could make for my little nut-free allergic kid?

  2. Mama Mo

    So here’s a non-nut question 🙂 Can I substitute quick cook oats for the old fashioned rolled? I have the Trader Joe’s kind that takes 2.5 minutes to cook in my cabinet and everything else needed to make these right now!

  3. Samantha Irawan

    OMG Debbie I am so in LOVE! I can’t wait to try these! I LOVE YOU! Come to Melbourne for a bake off!

  4. Julie M. Oxford, MS

    I am so glad I tried these. I have experimented with many different granola bar recipes but these appealed to my two kids AND me. The quinoa gives it a toasty crunch. I used pecans instead of almonds and a few extra chocolate chips (per the kids request). They are just what I’ve been looking for. Found your book in our children’s book store, Square Book Jr. and have followed you ever since. Keep these fabulous recipes coming. Thanks a bunch!

  5. lark

    These look so delicious. Should the quinoa be cooked already, or does the baking take care of that?

  6. Holly

    These are delicious !

  7. Regina Cyzick Harlow

    Tried these this evening and they were a HUGE hit! I improvised with what I had in my cabinets. I used organic coconut oil instead of butter and dried currants instead of dried cherries, and pecan pieces instead of almonds. They were outrageously delicious! My husband, who usually sniffs out a “healthy” treat in a heartbeat, was really impressed. I cannot wait to try them with the almonds and cherries too. I think our 5-year-old son will like them even better that way. Thanks for posting this recipe. It’s a keeper in our household.

  8. Danielle

    Just made these over the weekend and they are amazing. I’ve only made 2 other granola bar recipes but I didn’t really like them. These are just perfect. I also recently admitted to myself that I don’t care for quinoa but I had some still sitting in my cabinet. I now love quinoa (just not cooked w/liquid I guess). Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Camille

    I have been searching for a great granola bar recipe with good texture, the right amount of sweetness, and legit ingredients and I have finally found it! My husband and I agreed that these are the best granola bars we’ve had. Thank you so much!! We will be making these frequently. 🙂

  10. Stephanie

    I found this recipe last night and made two batches today using what I had on hand. The first batch I subbed crispy rice cereal for the almonds, organic sugar cane crystals for the brown sugar, added 1-2T of ground flax, and left the cherries out. I’ve made a lot of different granola bar recipes and none of them were anywhere near as good as these. They were delicious so I made another batch and did the same except instead of leaving the cherries out, I used dried cranberries. I will not try another recipe for granola bars. This is my new go to recipe for granola bars. I think it will adapt well to any variation I can come up with. Thank you so much!

  11. Nicole

    Well I had the problem of them falling apart but other than that they are amazing. I think I assumed they were chilled enough to cut them but it turns out I should have left them chill for longer. I left them in the fridge for about 30-45 minutes.. But the pieces that I tried this morning are much more together so I think the trick would be to let them sit overnight I the fridge then cut them later or after at least a couple hours

  12. Nicole

    I also used dried pomegranate cheeries, whole almonds instead of half, and peanut butter. So good!

  13. Gertp

    This is the only bar our family will eat now!
    I ran out of almonds so gently broke up pumpkin and other seeds as a replacement.
    Could a few tablespoons of outmeal be replaced with chia seeds?
    I look forward to your advice.

  14. Natalie

    May seem like a stupid question but wondering if I could use cooked quinoa instead of raw?

  15. Natalie

    Also, do you think it would would if I substituted all butter in the recipe for coconut butter?

  16. melissa

    These were so delicious!! Thank you for the recipe. My husband said they were the best “candy bars” he has ever eaten. And my two year old loved helping me make these. I am wondering if on the next batch I could eliminate the brown sugar and add more honey. What do you think?

  17. Katie

    I just made this recipe but left out the dried fruit and nuts because I have a two year old that likes to stuff his mouth! These bars are so good. Thank your for sharing this recipe.

  18. Tinell

    Hi. I have made these twice with some substitutions but was grateful for this recipe. I was so excited to provide something in my kids lunches that wasn’t from a package. I am always looking for ways to keep their lunch healthy.:)Thanks for sharing your amazing ideas!

  19. Clay

    This was great. I love to take a recipe like this and make it my own. Used closer to a full cup if quinoa and cut back on the oats. Used pecans instead of walnuts. Threw in raisins, chopped dates and sweet coconut. Used very little chocolate chips. Peanut butter instead if almond butter. Turned out great. Will try a school friendly version next. May cut back on the brown sugar, pretty sweet for my taste.


  20. Marc

    GREAT Recipe, My wife made them and i immediately said they were the best bars I have ever eaten!! Do you happen to know the calorie count on 1 serving??

  21. Jane

    Debbie, I have made a LOT of granola bars and this I admit is the best of all. I used homemade peanut butter instead of almond. Lived them.thanks a ton.

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