Posted on May 14, 2019 by Emily Forbes

Months and months ago I was playing with a recipe to produce some nut-free energy bars. This was spurred on by a client who worked in food production so was unable to take any sort of nut into work. For convenience, I also wanted these to be bake-free. I had eaten an energy bar at some point which had quinoa and goji berries in it and that’s what I had in mind to recreate. Quinoa contains protein which is good for satiation which is why I thought it would make a good base for the bars and make a change from oats.

I played with all sorts of recipes trying to get it right. Raw quinoa, soaked, cooked. Nothing quite gave me the bar that I was imagining. Fast forward 6 months or so, and I have something that is half decent and I will make again.


  • 50g puffed quinoa
  • 20g chia seeds
  • 30g goji berries
  • 60g chopped dried apricots
  • 30g sunflower seeds
  • 85g pumpkin seed butter
  • half cup (125ml) maple syrup
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil


  • Place the dry ingredients in a bowl
  • On low heat mix the maple syrup, seed butter and coconut oil together to combine
  • Stir the wet and dry ingredients together and mix well
  • Press into a lined baking sheet and set in the fridge
  • Once set cut into the desired size
  • I would store in the fridge until ready to eat as they tend to get a bit sticky if left out

This recipe can definitely be played with.  If you want to add nuts you can. Or change the seed butter to a nut butter or another seed butter, I have played with sunflower seed butter too. Puffed quinoa is generally available at most health food stores these days, same with the seed butters. Have a go and let me know what you think. I might still play with the recipe further and keep you updated.

Emily x