Quinoa Bites

Quinoa Bites

Instructions geared for ages 8 & up Are you tired of scouring through the grocery store aisles for those nut free granola bars? Try our quinoa bites recipe as a substitute for the store bought granola bars.
Author: Carol Hemming and Patricia Green


  • 1/2 cup butter - softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • juice and zest of one orange
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds or sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats


  • Have child(ren) collect and measure out the ingredients and check them off on the list to make sure all the ingredients have been collected.
  • (Adult or older child) Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
  • (Adult or older child) Cream butter and sugar with electric mixer for approximately 3 -4 minutes until butter is well blended.
  • Have child(ren) add orange zest, juice and the vanilla.
  • (Adult or older child) Use mixer for another minute or two until the juice is blended.
  • Have child(ren) use a wooden spoon or spatula, mix in the remaining ingredients. The mixture will be very thick and sticky.
  • Have child(ren) use a tablespoon scoop out the mixture and roll into 1 inch balls, placing on a baking sheet then press the ball down to flatten it a bit.
  • Have child(ren) monitor the timer.
  • Bake at 325 for 12 - 15 minutes until golden brown.


Did you forget to pull out your butter? Cut it up into smaller pieces and place it in your bowl while you pull out all the ingredients! Substitute the dried cranberries for any dried fruit! Substitute almonds for any type of nuts or seed!
Change the flavour:
Tropical: Dried pineapple, and mango instead of dried cranberries
Triple berry: Dried strawberry, cranberry, and currants
Chocolate and peanuts, or instead of honey use peanut butter
Adapted from Quinoa - The everyday superfood 365