Chocolate Cherry Quinoa Bars (Healthy & Satisfying)

Naomi Cook
by Naomi Cook
12 servings
30 min

These Chocolate Cherry Quinoa Bars come together with ingredients like almonds, walnuts and quinoa, and are sweetened with maple syrup. I then top them with dark chocolate and tart, dry cherries. These bars are easy to make, are nice and filling, and will become a snack that you will want to have on hand.

Recipe Features:

  • Healthy & delicious
  • Dairy-Free
  • Chocolate that is vegan, organic and paleo
  • Quick & easy
  • Loads of great flavor

Ingredient Notes:

  • Seeds – All I had on hand at the time were sunflower seeds, but pumpkin seeds will work great as well here.
  • Sweetener – For this recipe I use maple syrup. However, you can use honey if you like. To keep it truly vegan, though, maple syrup is the way to go.
  • Coconut Oil – The specific brand I use is shown within the recipe card and below the recipe card under “Notes.” If you try this brand, just be aware that you do not want to microwave this oil. What you want to do is soak the pouch in warm or hot water and then knead it well. Doing this will get it to the liquid state that you need.
  • Chocolate – Any dark chocolate will do, but I do recommend that you try the brand I use for this recipe. It is absolutely delicious! And it contains no dairy, no refined sugar, etc., etc. It is made with just 3 ingredients.
  • I use one heaping cup of this chocolate for the recipe. But, if you want a bit more chocolate, I would go up to a full 12 oz instead of 8 oz.
  • Dried Cherries – I use unsweetened cherries, but you can use sweet or unsweet. I just like to control how much sugar is going into my goodies whenever possible.

These Chocolate Cherry Quinoa Bars are my newest snack obsession. So give them a try and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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Chocolate Cherry Quinoa Bars (Healthy & Satisfying)
Recipe details
  • 12  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 1/3 cup Almonds, unsalted, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup Walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup Badia Whole Trilogy Health Seeds: Flax, Chia, Hemp
  • 1 cup Ancient Harvest Traditional Organic White Quinoa
  • 1/3 cup Maple Syrup or Honey
  • Fine Sea Salt, just a pinch
  • 1 tbsp Nutiva Squeezable Organic Coconut Oil (linked below)
  • 1 cup Hu Dark Chocolate Gems, Baking & Snacking Chips (linked below)
  • 1 tbsp Nutiva Squeezable Organic Coconut Oil
  • 3 tbsp Dried Red Cherries, unsweetened, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine all bar ingredients and stir until well combined.
Place onto the prepared baking sheet, and spread a large piece of plastic wrap over the top. Use a rolling pin to spread the bar out to a 1/2 inch thickness.
Remove plastic wrap from bar and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the bar turns a nice golden brown. Allow to cool slightly while you melt the chocolate.
In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and coconut oil. Spread evenly over the cooked quinoa bar.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes before topping with the cherries.
Place in the freezer for 30 minutes, then remove and cut into bars.
Resting Time:
35 minutes
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  • Kellie Kunz Hilliard Kellie Kunz Hilliard on Jul 27, 2021

    I can't have coconut or cocount oil can I use regular veg oil? or does it have to revert to a semi solid state? I would hate to use crysco for this. suggestions?

    • Trudy Trudy on Jul 26, 2023

      You could use lard as it is solid at room temp. Actually a tbsp of bacon fat might amp it up. Oil would probably work as it’s only 1 Tbsp but don’t use vegetable oil unless it’s avocado. The veggie oils they told us for years were healthy are not. They cause inflammation in your body. Olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil are way better for you. It’s a small amount and lard is actually considered a healthy fat. I would use butter or ghee in the chocolate.