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Pretzel Chocolate Quinoa Bars

These granola bars are seriously addictive. They're sweetened with dates only and they're nut-free, gluten-free (if using gluten-free pretzels) and vegan! The quinoa puffs, cocoa nibs and pretzels give them a great crispy texture, while still being chewy from the dates. Think of it as a VERY healthy Rice Krispie bar.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 12


  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter (or almond or peanut butter)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup quinoa puffs (or rice puffs)
  • 1/2 cup pretzels, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup cocoa nibs
  • Unsweetened chocolate for drizzling (or dark chocolate)


  • Line a 9" x 9" square glass dish with parchment paper.
  • In a food processor, add dates, sunflower seed butter, vanilla and water. Process until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl.
  • Add quinoa puffs, pretzels, oats and cocoa nibs to the bowl and mix all the ingredients together.
  • Press the mixture firmly to the bottom of your prepared dish. Pressing it tightly will prevent the bars from falling apart when cutting.
  • Chill in the freezer or refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before cutting into 12 bars.