Last week at work I realized I’d amassed an impressive stockpile of granola bars in my snack drawer. (I’ve found that keeping all your files digital just expands the storage options for snacks). My company stocks Odwalla bars in the break room, and I always try to grab a few of their Super Protein bars when they’re available. I’m also a big fan of the Coconut Cream flavor of Larabars. Lately though, my favorite easy to grab snack, by far, has been the Luna Peanut Honey Pretzel. I buy the Peanut Honey Pretzel bars by the case from my local REI. I even came up with my own recipe for Honey Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars.
The stockpile of granola bars made me realize that I haven’t made my own bars in a while. Rather than try to compete with the Luna peanut honey pretzel bars again, I thought I’d go an entirely different direction. I’d recently pinned a recipe from Fannetastic Food for Dark Chocolate Quinoa Bars. Since I already had some cooked quinoa in the freezer, I thought I’d try these out.
I made very few changes to Anne’s original recipe. I added two tablespoons of instant espresso powder to add some extra flavor to the bars, and I also subbed out the vanilla extract for a scoop of vanilla protein powder to really up the staying power of these bars. The consistency of these bars is a little wetter than I expected, and they are very dense. The chocolate and espresso combination is always a winner, though, and with the quinoa and protein powder, these bars make for a very satiating snack and are good fuel before a workout.
Next time I make these I’ll definitely sub in a mashed banana for some of the wet ingredients. I really like using bananas as a sweetener and a binding agent in baked goods. Plus, I think banana will go perfectly with the chocolate and espresso flavors. Kind of like the Starbucks chocolate banana smoothie in bar form.
What’s your favorite flavor of granola bar?
The Luna Peanut Honey Pretzel still reigns supreme for me right now, but the banana, dark chocolate, espresso combination seems like a contender.