Nut, Quinoa & Chocolate Bars

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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 / 30 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.

133 Comments

  • Congratulations on your nomination! You don't look like rookies. Your videos are STUNNING. Thank you also for shaing this lovely recipe :)
  • Frédérique
    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!
  • Ellen
    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!
  • 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!
  • Cathelijne
    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!
    • Yes, you can just skip the chocolate if you don't like it, they will taste delicious anyway. /David
      • Cathelijne
        Thank you very much for your reply! Great to hear! I will make them for easter! Perfect!!
  • This is just beautiful. That video is so simple and delicate. Amazing! Keep up the great work! :) xx, inês
  • 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)
  • 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
    • Oh and Elsa has a wonderful taste in music! ;)
  • Tasha
    Any tips for nut butter substitutions please?
    • 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
  • quinoa bars!! I loove quinoa but I've never tried it on a dessert it looks amazing :) https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/
  • Laura
    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!
  • Congrats on being a Saveur finalist! I love your videos, and apparently I'm not the only one. Much deserved nomination!
  • Bethany
    The music actually is pretty perfect! :)
  • Sharon
    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.
    • 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
  • Yay! Congratulations on your nomination! You guys deserve it! And I can't wait to try these bars!
  • Lydia
    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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • looks really yummy!!
  • 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?
    • 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
      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?
      • puffed brown rice cereal stays crunchy! I made chocolate with it ;)

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