Baked quinoa bars

You can use your favorite dried fruit in this on-the-go breakfast.

“This easy recipe can be made in less than 30 minutes and is full of protein and healthy fats,” says Lisa Hayim, R.D., a New York City-based nutritionist and founder of The Well Necessities. In addition to adding natural sweetness, cherries have been shown to help reduce muscle soreness since they contain high levels of anthocyanins, compounds that aid in reducing inflammation in the body. Pro tip: Be sure to pack down the ingredients in the pan, which will make for a less crumbly bar.

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Yields 4 bars

Serves 2

photo by: Christine Han


½ cup raw uncooked quinoa
1 cup old-fashioned oats
5 tablespoons almond butter
1 teaspoon almond extract
¼ cup dried cherries, roughly chopped


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
In a medium bowl, stir quinoa and raw oats together.
Add in almond butter, almond extract, and dried cherries, and stir until ingredients are uniformly combined.
Line a small baking pan or tray with parchment paper. Place batter into the pan or tray and press down evenly, then bake for 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool, then cut into four pieces. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to eat.