Hi peeps! You probably know that I have a sweet tooth and there are days when it’s quite hard to resist chocolate and stuff. I guess I am not the only one, right? 😉 Therefore I wanted to make kind of a healthy vegan snack that I can grab when I am craving something sugary.
So I made these super yummy and super easy to make peanut butter quinoa-chia chocolate bars. OMG they are so good! I added some sea salt to the bars because I absolutely love the combination of peanut butter and salt. But I would still call it a sweet treat – with a salty touch.
Quinoa, hemp seeds, chia seeds and peanut butter are a healthy source of protein, essential fats and vitamins! The bears are gluten free, soy free, dairy free (of course!) and non baked. How cool is that?
As I mentioned before these bars are super easy to make. I got inspired by a similar recipe which I found in a cookbook from german vegan chef Attila Hildmann. I modified it a bit and added the peanut butter… et voilà.
ingredients you’ll need:
( I highly recommend using organic products)
- 2 1/2 cups puffed/popped quinoa
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 cup peanut butter (I used a smooth and unsalted & unsweetened one)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup maple syrup ( or agave, rice etc…)
- 150 gr vegan high quality dark chocolate
Mix the quinoa, chia, hemp and sea salt in a large bowl.
Melt the peanut butter on a water bath and stir in the maple syrup. Now add this to the dry ingredients and mix everything together. I think this works best with your (washed) hands.
Line a baking dish with parchment paper and scoop the batter into it. Use your wet hands to press everything together tightly into an even rectangle, roughly 2 cm high.
Put in the fridge (or freezer) while melting the dark chocolate on a water bath.
Pour the melted chocolate over the cold batter using a spatula to distribute it evenly. Put it back into the fridge until cold and firm. Cut the batter into squares using a sharp knife.
Oh dear, they taste amazing: the peanut flavor with this sweet and salty, crunchy, chocolate-y touch is really delicious. The bars are also a good and healthy snack to-go or even to eat post workout.
You should give it a try! If you like or try my recipe, please let me know, leave a comment or set a link to my instagram account #greenysherry , so I can find your recreation.
Have a nice day,