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Recipe Review: Quinoa Coconut Bars

Courtney & Kylee


I’ve worked for several years in a health club. As staff, we swap healthy recipes that really work. One of the best we passed around the office is for quinoa coconut granola bars as found on This recipe is awesome. The first time I made it, I wasn’t horribly impressed. But, I tried again…made a few tweaks and now I’m a huge fan. My particular favorite is to use it as granola with a little almond milk on top. Amazing! Quinoa is the base for this wholesome breakfast/snack. Quinoa is an insanely healthy grain…high in protein and gluten free. Gotta love it! The amazing thing about this recipe is you can change it up by swapping out any dried fruit for the dried cranberries. Also, I enjoy this recipe best without the cup of oats. I simply leave it out. Lastly, I swap the pecans out for toasted almonds. This quinoa granola really satisfies my sweet tooth while providing a dose of whole grains and protein.



Confession corner: quinoa scares me. As someone who, embarrasing to admit but I will, struggles making rice sometimes, quinoa has always appeared to be another grain that would allude my grasp. So I approached this week’s recipe Courtney sent me with a little trepidation. However, I will admit for the most part that I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t the ultimate kitchen disaster I was dreading. However, even though I love coconut, I liked it…but it wasn’t my personal cup of tea – at least as bars. But as Courtney said above, I bet with a few personal tweaks and adjustments, I could get a flavor I love without sacrificing all the healthy qualities.



What Courtney loves about Quinoa Coconut Granola Bars:

  • Easy to make
  • You can vary the bars by changing up the nuts or dried fruit in the recipe.
  • Sweet enough to work as a dessert or afternoon snack or breakfast granola
  • Recipe can easily be doubled   


What Kylee loves about Quinoa Coconut Granola Bars:

  • It was a great recipe for two people. I felt like the portion made enough to be worth the time without leaving me drowning in more quinoa than I could handle.
  • It lasts! Unlike some baked items that are good the day of and immediately get dried or less tastier over the following few days, these bars seemed to taste exactly the same throughout the whole week.
  • They make a great breakfast, snack, or dessert. Depending on how you change up the recipe and cut/bake the base, it’s a pretty versatile little treat.


What Courtney hates about Quinoa Coconut Granola Bars:

  • The quinoa is not cooked before being incorporated into the recipe. It is toasted. So there is a definite bird seed kind of texture going on with these bars. I’m not bothered by itl but some people find it annoying.
  • The recipe calls for canola oil. I’d suggest using coconut oil instead (a much healthier choice).


What Kylee hates about Quinoa Coconut Granola Bars:

  • I understand they’re healthy, but I was hoping for just a little more sweetness to them. However, I bet if you chocolate dipped them (or if you’re lazy like me), even just sprinkled some mini chocolate chips on top after taking them out of the oven, that would create the perfect kick of deliciousness.
  • Again, I don’t have a ton of experience with quinoa so maybe this was a cooking error on my part, but the quinoa itself was a little…seedy. It tasted ok but toasting it in the oven made them a little too small and crunchy to me.
  • I’m not particularly graceful when it comes to cutting cakes and pulling out pie slices, so cutting the granola bars wasn’t so much a challenge, but pulling them neatly out of the pan was. I felt like mine turned out very ugly once I moved them from pan to sheet. But at least looks don’t affect the flavor.


Courtney’s rating on Quinoa Coconut Granola Bars: Can’t live without it! 😍


Kylee’s rating on Quinoa Coconut Granola Bars: Meh 😐
Scale: Never again, Not worth it, Meh, Like it, Love it, Can’t Live Without It

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