Deanna Harris submitted this recipe for one of our 2013 recipe contests, but she called it “gluten-free chocolate chip brownies.” We’ve renamed the recipe, since these aren’t brownies at all! These more aptly named quinoa bars are like healthier cookie bars or blondies made with quinoa flour and flakes.
Quinoa Bars like Healthier, Gluten-Free, Vegan Cookie Bars
Deanna spikes these quinoa bars with chocolate chips to give them a dessert-like vibe. But feel free to toss in your favorite add-ins. Chopped nuts and dried fruit are great. Or you can go another route, and add a teaspoon of cinnamon or other spices.
If you prefer to bake with eggs, you can substitute 1 large egg for the yogurt, and increase the milk beverage to 1/3 cup if the batter is too stiff.
Special Diet Notes: Chocolate Chip Quinoa Bars
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, optionally nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.
- ⅓ cup plain dairy-free yogurt
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
- ¼ cup agave nectar
- ¼ cup plain or unsweetened almond milk (or your choice of milk beverage)
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup quinoa flour
- ½ cup quinoa flakes (can sub quick oats)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips and/or other add-ins (like chopped nuts, coconut, raisins, dried fruit, etc)
- Preheat your oven to 350ºF and grease an 8-inch square baking pan or line it with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together the yogurt, sugar, agave, milk beverage, oil, and vanilla until combined.
- Add the flour, quinoa flakes, baking powder, and salt to the liquid mixture and stir to combine.
- Stir in any add-ins.
- Spread the batter into your prepared baking pan.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until it springs back lightly when pressed.
- Let cool completely before cutting into thirds each way.