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 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:

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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.


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.


  • 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!
  • Dana
    Hey, Very 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!
  • 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 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!). :)
  • Looks amazing. Can't wait to try it! And congratulations on the nomination!
  • 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. :)
  • I take two bars thank you!
  • Nanna
    Vild med jeres skønne video! Og nu ved jeg hvad min fridag skal bruges på imorgen - Nut, Quinoa & Chocolate Bars!!
  • Wow - they look (and taste) delicious! Congrats on the nomination, you deserve it big time <3
  • Chloe
    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
  • Seems like a tasty and healthy dessert ... thanks for sharing!
  • 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
  • Heidi
    Lovely :-) many thanks for inspiration! Do you think that Amaranth instead of Quinoa could work as well?
  • Abi
    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....
  • 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
  • Great recipe, I would like to try it! I just have one to obtain puffed quinoa? Is it something similar to pop corn...but with quinoa (that's what I found on an italian web site)?!
    • Abi
      I get biofait puffed quinoa from an independent health food store, but you can puff your own in a pan:
  • Romy
    I Looovee this recipe+video! And congrats to your nomination, already voted for you!Keep going your blog is pure inspiration!
  • Emilye
    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
      I soaked then blended my dates and probably added in another 5 as they seemed small - worked just fine :-)
      • Emilye
        thank you Abi for your feedback on using dried dates :)
    • Heather
      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
        Thanks a lot Heather for your advice and suggestions! Very much appreciated :)
  • Those bars look so good! And congrats on the Saveur nom. Well deserved! Your videos are amazing!
  • 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.
  • ida
    I love all you videos, the blog and the books, Hope that it's your videos that winn,
  • Flo
    Please, let us know what music you used in your video regarding the recipe above. Thank you very much!
  • Karrie
    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 :-)
  • 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!
  • Wanna try them as soon as possible and bring them with me to work, that would be great with a cup of coffee...
  • Bonni
    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!
  • 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.
    • I succeed !!! Had to make an account at Saveurs.
  • Lea
    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
      Hi Lea - I have the same issue here in the UK, so I found you can puff your own!
      • Lea
        Thanks for the reply Bonni! :-)
      • Cecilie
        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!
  • Michelle St John
    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!
  • 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 :)

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