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Quinoa PB&J Bars!

Quinoa PB&J bars

GAH – today is the last day of July and it hit me how fast time seems to be flying by this year…
But wait, it’s not just this year – but the last several years – or more specifically the last fifteen…

Today happens to be the day my daughter registers for another year of high school, and I am flummoxed as to where the years have gone…
Just like Robert Deniro’s character did in Everybody’s Fine, there are times when I look at my daughter and still see her like this:
It seems like just yesterday we were pretending her bed was a ship and I was the crazy octopus lady from The Little Mermaid who would get her if she so much as dangled a foot off it…

I am just so not ready for this growing up business…

quinoa peanut butter and jelly bars

This little girl echos my sentiments so well…

GAH – the hardest part of this parenting thing for me so far has been trying to accept the fact that my little gal is growing up…

I remember reading an article once where a mom was writing about her rebellious teenage son and she summed up by saying that his acting out was actually helping her let go of him, of accepting that he will be moving out and on…

I guess I need to bribe my daughter to act out???

In her case, I think that’s easier said than done….
She never went through the terrible two’s; other than a slight flirtation with the fearsome fours, it’s been pretty smooth sailing…
She is a proud member of the “Books Before Boys Club” because I think she knows that if a boy shows up on our doorstep, I’m gonna ask him to help me with my moving target practice in the back yard…Seriously…I’m joshing, I’m so joshing…playing the role of mom and dad or “moad” has me thinking weirdly at times…

quionoa pb&j bars

So in an attempt to nip this whole growing up business in the bud – at least for one morning – I made these PB&J and chocolate chip bars. So, they might be gluten free and butter free and might be flirting right on the line of healthy with Bob’s Red Mill Quinoa flour…


But something about the combination of peanut butter, jelly and chocolate makes even me to forget to act my age…

quionoapb&j bar


Quinoa PB&J Bars!


  • For the Quinoa/Jelly layer:
  • 2 cups quinoa flour, I used Bob's Red Mill
  • 1 cup hazelnut meal, I used Bob's Red Mill
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, blend of cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry preserves
  • For the Peanut butter layer:
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • handful of dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper
  3. For the Quinoa/Jelly layer:
  4. Mix all the dry ingredients together then mix in the melted coconut oil, eggs and applesauce
  5. Pour into the baking tray and top with the raspberry preserves
  6. Bake for 20 minutes and let cool slightly
  7. For the Peanut butter layer:
  8. Melt the coconut oil, peanut butter and sugar in a saucepan, then pour on top of the quinoa/raspberry layer
  9. Top with chocolate chips and let cool before slicing

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Wednesday 10th of September 2014

These look so appealing! I love the contrast between the layers - it actually looks like a dense and chewy peanut butter cake slice of some sort. Even better = that they are healthy too! :)


Monday 8th of September 2014

These looked amazing, but the quinoa flour was way too expensive. I substituted a Bob's Red Mill gluten free brownie mix for the quinoa layer. Not as healthy, but OMG--so decadent. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Monday 4th of August 2014

I've never tried quinoa flour! These bars look so delicious! I can totally relate to the kids growing up thing. This will be my son's last year of high school and my daughter just has 3 more years. I had no idea how fast time would go!


Monday 4th of August 2014

Thanks so much - Quinoa floor was a delight to work with - way lighter than oat flour and not as porous as coconut flour - sure hope you get to try it - I think you can buy it off the Bob'd Red Mill Site.

So your daughter and my daughter are around the same age, Christin!


Monday 4th of August 2014

Love that there's quinoa flour in these! I agree - time goes by WAY too fast! It's sad...


Monday 4th of August 2014

Thanks Ashley - if only there was an app to slow time down... :)


Sunday 3rd of August 2014

Shashi, I'm right there with you on struggling to let my teens grow up. I loved each new stage when they were little but now I want to slow things down. And, I still think that in a couple of years we should introduce our 15 year olds - I think that they could be good friends:)


Monday 4th of August 2014

Kim - these teen years are the hardest not because of anything other than the fact that I have only 3 more years! UGH! Ha - I told my daughter what you suggested and she told me to stop trying to set her up!!! :) Hope your blog issues are no more!