Black Quinoa, Berry & Chia Seed Energy Bar with Cranberries & Chocolate

This energy bar is rammed with goodness! Not only is it the quinoa a complete protein, meaning that it contains all of essential amino acids the body cannot synthesize from other sources, but it also has the highest iron content of any grain! Additionally it is rich in essential amino acids and vitamins A, B2 and E and is an excellent gluten free alternative to other grains. I get mine from the wonderful people at Real Foods. The dates and berries are full of vitamins and dietary fibre and keep the whole bar stuck together. And well, the chocolate is a little happiness booster, filled with antioxidants and caffeine to get you pumped up and ready to go.

gluten-free vegan healthy black quinoa date and berry energy bar

Here is what you’ll need:

1/2 cup of quinoa
2 tbsp of chia seeds
1/2 cup of frozen berries
15 dates
1/3 cup dried cranberries
2 bits of dark chocolate


And the best point is they are so easy to make! Start off with rinsing the quinoa in cold water, then bring to the boil and let it simmer for approximately 15 minutes, drain and set aside to cool (if you have the time, let it cool in the fridge overnight). Next step is the base: throw the chia seeds, berries and dates into the food processor and blend till its a gooey sticky red mess. I like to add apple sauce and vanilla for extra flavor. In a bowl mix most of the dried cranberries with the black quinoa and red mess. Spread the mixture on a sheet of baking paper, it should have a fairly dense consistency. Bake at 190 C/fan 170C/gas 5 for thirty minutes, depending on the thickness of the energy bars. Once crispy, remove from oven and cut into portions. Now’s the time to melt the dark chocolate in a small saucepan and cover each bar liberally, then sprinkle chopped dried cranberries on top while the chocolate is still warm. Let the whole thing cool et voilà! Enjoy as a workout snack, a posh biscuit or a lunchbox snack.



About VeggieBlackboard

I am a twenty something architecture student from Scotland. I enjoy making easy, simple, cheap and healthy vegan recipes. All tried and tested by my foodie friends and myself.

6 Responses to Black Quinoa, Berry & Chia Seed Energy Bar with Cranberries & Chocolate

  1. Lindsey says:

    I loveeee how you display your ingredients! Creative and beautiful! Love the recipes on your blog as well, thanks for the great ideas and happy belly :)

    • VeggieBlackboardVeggieBlackboard says:

      Hi Lindsey, thank you so much for your kind words! Makes me a very happy girl :)
      Had a look at your blog and it looks fabulous. I definitely need to try those homemade gummies, with veggie gelatin though ;)

  2. Grace says:

    Hello! These look divine! Do you know if they freeze well? Thanks! (:

    • VeggieBlackboardVeggieBlackboard says:

      Thank you! I’ve never tried freezing them, as they mostly disappear too quickly, but let me know how it goes if you give it a try! :)

  3. They look so good! Are they really crispy or more of a gooey consistency? And how long can I store them in an airtight container?

    • VeggieBlackboardVeggieBlackboard says:

      Hi there, if I had to describe the texture I’d go with deliciously soft and chewy. Really depends how you like it, as you can just leave them in the oven a bit longer for a crispy finish. Totally up you. They should last at least a week in an airtight container, however they never make it that long in my house.

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