These vegan one-bowl chocolate quinoa bars are really quick and easy to make. They're a filling healthy snack or a great treat for kids or adults.
Kids eat a lot of snacks, don't they? Like, a LOT. Summer holidays are mere days away, so I'm already starting to get prepared for the incessant requests for snacks. I try to keep the house filled with healthy options, and ingredients to quickly whip up healthy snacks.
We've been making versions of these chocolate quinoa bars for years. We use whatever's in the cupboard, perhaps adding chopped dried apricots, seeds or nuts. Sometimes a little almond extract, other times some cocoa powder. As long as the bowl is a sticky mess, you can bake it and then cut it into bars.
I've used puffed quinoa, which is available in larger supermarkets and health food shops. If you can't find any, then substitute extra oats, puffed wheat or rice krispies cereal.
Cooking with Kids
These chocolate quinoa bars are a great treat to make with toddlers and kids, as they can measure, pour and mix. It only takes a few minutes to put it together, then 15 minutes in the oven. Kids aren't known for their patience, so I like to make recipes with them that are fast! I don't always add chocolate to these bars, but sometimes it's nice to get that extra chocolate hit.
These bars are a great portable snack on their own, but sometimes we crumble them onto plain yogurt or nana ice cream (frozen banana pieces whipped in a food processor until it forms ice cream).
I've been working with Organix Foods for a few years now, helping to spread the word about the importance of healthy eating for kids as part of the No Junk Journey. This month, we're talking about snacks for toddlers. My kids are a bit older (5 & 7) but we still have all the issues surrounding snacks. They burn off so much energy so my kids really do need to constantly refuel.
Healthy Snacks for Children:
- Apples with peanut butter
- 'Baby canapes' - a tray with slices of fruit, vegetables etc...
- Energy balls
- Cookies made with a mashed banana, handful of oats and raisins baked until golden.
- Hummus and veggies
- Frozen yogurt
Even though my children are a little older than the target age range for Organix Goodies, we still often get them. My kids love the taste and the bright packaging, and I love that they're made with nutritious organic ingredients.
For days out, parties or just general snacking, we often have a stash of their products in the cupboard. The mini oat bites are a big hit at my house, as well as the gingerbread men.
Get more ideas for healthy snacks for children by following #NoJunkJourney on social media.
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Chocolate Quinoa Bars Recipe
- 50 g puffed quinoa (or substitute puffed wheat or rice cereal)
- 225 g oats
- 100 g dark chocolate , chopped into chunks
- 175 g maple syrup
- 6 tbsp raisins
- 5 tbsp coconut oil , melted
- 3 tbsp desiccated coconut
- 2 tbsp nut butter
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Line a 8x8’ square baking pan with baking paper.
- In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together well.
- Spread out into the prepared pan and pat down with the back of a spoon.
- Bake for 15 minutes, then allow to cool slightly in the tray. Cut into bars and enjoy.