Three-Grain Chewy Energy Bar Recipe

Prepare yourself for the latest creation born in the Front Burner kitchen.  These “energy” bars get their power from a few different sources – quinoa for protein, agave for quick-burning carbs, and ground coffee for an extra caffeine boost!

Three-Grain Chewy Energy Bars

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  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats, uncooked
  • 1.2 cup millet, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 bananas, peeled and sliced into thin discs
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or 1 tsp cinnamon powder)
  • 2 tbsp finely ground coffee
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

To Prepare:  Add all ingredients through water (leaving out the coconut oil) in a rice cooker or saucepan and stir to combine.  Bring mixture up to a simmer and cover for 20-25 minutes until it reaches the consistency of a thick batter.  Stir occasionally.  (Use the quick-cook setting if using a rice cooker.)  If using a cinnamon stick, remove from the mixture once batter is formed. 

In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Melt the coconut oil by microwaving for 20 seconds and use half to coat the bottom of a 9” by 6” non-stick baking pan. Once your mixture has finished simmering and formed a batter, add the batter to the baking pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Coat the top of the mixture with the remaining coconut oil.

Bake for 1 hour. Let cool completely then slice into 12 bars.  Store in the refrigerator – these are best if eaten chilled!

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Nutrition Facts (1 bar):

  • 165 calories
  • 3.6g fat
  • 28g carbs
  • 2.3g fiber
  • 3.3g protein

You would never know that these bars have only 165 calories because they sure don’t taste healthy.  And with the calories lower than your typical Clif or Luna bars, you have room for extra mix-ins like nuts or dried fruit if your prefer to make your own variation.

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The three-grain blend of steel cuts oats, quinoa, and millet give these bars the perfect amount of chewiness and texture.  Not to mention a serious nutritional power punch! 

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Ground coffee is the (not so) secret ingredient that makes these bars stand out from the pack.  Warning:  once you try these you won’t be able to go back…