Healthy Eats: Combine quinoa and peanut butter for healthy, no-bake squares

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Quick: Head to your pantry and find the ingredients for an innovative, delicious, healthy dessert. Stumped? No problem.

Instead, try this recipe, made with ingredients I had on hand. I call these little bad boys no-bake peanut butter quinoa squares.

As a college student, I enjoy the occasional peanut butter sandwich. And I always have quinoa handy. It’s high in protein and can be used in pretty much anything — baking, salads, entrees or desserts. The combination of peanut butter and quinoa? Well, it’s unconventional  — and absolutely delicious.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup cranberries
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup pure honey

For topping:

  • 1 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup


1. In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa, oats, cranberries and walnuts, stir to mix well. Set aside.

2. On stove top, heat honey and peanut butter in pot, stir until smooth. Remove from heat and add to quinoa mixture. Mix well until combined evenly. Add more honey if mixture is dry.

3. Line a 9×9 baking pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper. Firmly press the mixture into the pan until evenly distributed. Set aside.

4. In a small bowl mix the coconut oil, cocoa powder and maple syrup. Pour over mixture and spread evenly. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

5. Cut into squares and serve. Enjoy!

sloanKelly Sloan is in the dietetics program at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, is a staff writer for UH-M’s student newspaper Ka Leo o Hawaii and interns for several nutrition and media specialists. She also works at the Kapiolani farmers market and as a deli cook at a local health food store. Sloan enjoys cooking and developing new recipes that are easy to prepare, delicious and healthy. Find her on Twitter @ksloan6 or on Facebook.

One comment

  • Hi! I’ve been browsing for peanut butter-quinoa no-bake recipes and so far, all of them requires the use of coconut oil. What other oil can I use as a subsitute?


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