Quinoa And Oat No-Bake Breakfast Power Bars

It’s a terrible habit, but there are many days I don’t eat breakfast. In fairness, I’m not super hungry first thing in the morning.  In a perfect world, I would probably eat breakfast at 10 am; but life is busy and that’s not going to happen.  For my boys, who always get up super early, I like to make a hot breakfast: nothing crazy, but something balanced with some type of protein to start them off right, especially on a school day.

My husband is super easy and will eat just about anything. So that leaves me, and what to eat. In thinking about what I should or could eat, something small and quick is often where I come out. With that in mind, I came up with this recipe for quinoa and oat breakfast energy bars and they go great with my coffee.


I started with oats and tricolor quinoa as my base. I incorporated sweet delicious Medjool dates which I love.  They are a so-called “energy-dense fruit” and I think they are a great way to add sweetness to almost anything.  They also help bind, which is important because I wanted these power bars to be no-bake.  To the dates, I also added fresh unsweetened almond butter (another favorite and a great source of protein), as well as a bit of coconut oil, local raw honey, and just a touch of vanilla.
To make the texture more interesting, I threw in a bit of raw coconut and chai seeds.  And because they are power bars that substitute for breakfast, I needed a bit more “power;” so I added some protein powder (I prefer chocolate flavored) just as I do when I make my favorite breakfast protein shake.
power bars
With just a bit of chilling time required, these power bars are just what I need for my early mornings.  I will also add that my older son discovered these and may have liked them a bit more than I wanted.  This recipe makes about 8-10 bars depending on how you slice them, and you can double the batch if you have a family that likes to snack.
About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

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