Quinoa Almond Joy Bars

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Watch this video to see how to make Quinoa Almond Joy Bars.

Quinoa Almond Joy Bars

Quinoa Almond Joy Bars

Yields: 14 mini bars or balls | Serving Size: 1 mini bar | Calories: 94 | Total Fat: 6 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Sodium: 2 mg | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 4 g | Protein: 2 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 4 |


  • 1/3 cup (dry) quinoa
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 12 whole dates, no sugar added
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds with skins (optional 1/2 coarse almond meal)
  • 1/2 cup finely grated coconut
  • 2 - 3 teaspoons water
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, (for gluten-free chips we used Enjoy LIfe)


  1. Add quinoa and water to a small saucepan, cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook approximately 15 minutes or until all water has been absorbed. Cool to room temperature and refrigerate at least 2 hours...overnight will work. One cup cooked quinoa can be used if already made.
  2. Add dates, almonds, coconut, and cooked quinoa to the food processor and pulse until ingredients are well combined and a ball forms. Return ingredients to the mixing bowl, and add one teaspoon of water at a time, until mixture holds together. Shape into 14 - mini bars.
  3. In a small saucepan, add chocolate chips and melt over low-heat or in a double-boiler. Drizzle warm chocolate over each bar. Refrigerator and allow chocolate to harden. Bars can be stored in an airtight container for several days or frozen in a freezer safe dish.

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42 Comments on "Quinoa Almond Joy Bars"

  1. Christie  April 7, 2013

    Soooooo good. Not as sweet as the original.

  2. Time2Fly59  April 12, 2013

    Do you use flakes or seed in the quinoa

  3. Sarah  May 4, 2013

    Can you use almond meal/flour instead or would it be to fine?

    • Skinny Ms.  May 5, 2013

      Sarah, I think too fine. This recipe needs the almonds to be a little more course than flour consistency.

  4. HeatherH  May 29, 2013

    Is it is ok to use chocolate almonds?

    • Skinny Ms.  May 30, 2013

      Heather, I wouldn’t recommend it since they contain a lot of refined sugar. That’s if you want to keep it clean. 🙂

  5. zoe  July 5, 2013

    Made these last night for a 4th of July party and they turned out great!! I did not end up having to add any water because the mixture was plenty sticky coming out of the food processor. Thank you for the recipe, it was very yummy.

    • Skinny Ms.  July 6, 2013

      Zoe, GREAT!!! Happy to hear they were a nice addition to your 4th! 🙂

  6. Kristie  July 27, 2013

    I am allergic to coconut, can I substitute oats or dried fruit instead?

  7. Edana  August 15, 2013

    I want to make these but have a nut allergy. Coconut doesn't bother me. What can I substitute for the raw almonds?

    • Skinny Ms.  August 16, 2013

      Edana, Cashews or peanuts will work.

      • Edana  August 17, 2013

        I can't eat any nuts at all. Do you think it would work if I omit them?

        • Skinny Ms.  August 18, 2013

          Edana, I would replace either with sunflower, pumpkin seeds, or rolled oats.

  8. Kathy  August 15, 2013

    I made this and I thought it was far too sticky! I did not care for how sticky it was. Wish there was a solution to that.

    • Skinny Ms.  August 16, 2013

      Kathy, Try using a touch of water on your hands when shaping the bars.

  9. Dana  January 3, 2014

    Can you add protein and/or ground flax to these?

    • GaleCompton  January 4, 2014

      Dana, Sure! I would recommend replacing the oatmeal, or a portion of it, with the flax seeds.

  10. Angie Decker  January 8, 2014

    I just made these, and although they taste terrific, I had a hard time keeping them together and shaping them into a bar or a ball… It kept falling apart. I followed the recipe and added water one teaspoon at a time just as instructed, but still, it kept falling apart. I ended up placing all of it on a cookie sheet and shaped it into a large square, then refrigerated it. Hopefully, they will firm up enough so that I could pick them up… Could you tell me what went wrong??? Thanks!

  11. lyricalsphere  February 23, 2014

    I think I used too much water because I had very mushy bars and balls. I will try it again with very little or no water like someone else did. Nice flavor though 🙂

  12. Linzi  March 1, 2014

    What could be substituted for the dates?

    • SkinnyMs  March 3, 2014

      There really is no exact substitute for dates, which act as both a binder (they're sticky) and sweetener in this recipe. You can experiment with using a nut butter and a small amount of honey in place of the dates. If you do let us know how it goes.

  13. Kristen  June 5, 2014

    I'm allergic to all nuts. Wondering if this might work with plain dry-roasted pumpkin seeds?

    • SkinnyMs  June 6, 2014

      Kristen, Omit the almonds altogether and just make the recipe with same measurements, perhaps adding slightly less liquid. Pumpkin Seeds will probably not be a good substitute, but the recipe will still be delicious without the almonds.

  14. Luz  August 19, 2014

    YUMMY! Thanks for posting this, it was delicious. As other commenters noted, they are a bit wettish. I didn't add the water, but still noticed it. To make it easier, I pressed the mixture into a pan, then simply spread the chocolate on with a spatula. After they chilled in the 'fridge, and I saw the consistency while trying to cut them, I decided to put them in the freezer. That worked great! I just keep them in the freezer and eat them frozen and they are scrumptious!
    I always feel like I'm eating something really decadent, but the macros aren't bad at all. Thank you!

    • SkinnyMs  August 20, 2014

      Luz, You're welcome!

  15. Azu  January 1, 2015

    They look so yummy! And better of all, super healthy. Pinned!

  16. evie  October 24, 2015

    i often use prunes, they are sticky too 🙂

  17. Sarah Mullen  December 16, 2015

    I only have dried cherries on hand…would they sub for the dates?

    • SkinnyMs  December 17, 2015

      Sarah, Cherries aren't the best for this recipe. I highly recommend wait until you have the dates. 🙂

  18. AShish  January 19, 2016

    Please I want this recipe with proper weight not with 1 cup and 2 cup.

    • Gale Compton  January 19, 2016

      Not sure what you mean, with proper weight. Please explain!

  19. maura  February 27, 2016

    They sound so awesome…do you think you can substitute dry figs for dates?

    • Gale Compton  February 28, 2016

      Maura, Yes, definitely. It will change the taste, just so you know. 🙂

  20. Bethanie  May 31, 2016

    If you don’t have a food processor.. What else can you use ? Or how can you do it ?

    • Gale Compton  June 1, 2016

      Bethanie, A blender will work but you probably will have add a little at a time.

  21. Pam  March 27, 2017

    The photo does not seem to reflect the directions. It looks like the chocolate is coating something and then placed on the date mixture? Does the nutrition information include the almond on top as that is not in the directions?

    • Gale Compton  March 28, 2017

      Pam, It doesn’t include the extra almond. I’ve added the original photo, made by yours truly. 🙂

      • Pam  March 28, 2017

        Ah, that looks like the recipe! Thanks for the new photo. Looking forward to trying these.

  22. marilee  April 13, 2017

    Quinoa is new to me. I have a package but it says to rinse. Quinoa seeds is what is used in this recipe based on questions and answers in the comments. Is there a difference in the seeds and what I have on hand? Please and thank you.


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