Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Bars [+ giveaway]

Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Bars via Queen of Quinoa (@alyssarimmer) Valentine’s day is right around the corner my dears, which means your inboxes are about to be flooded with decadent chocolate treats. I hope you’re ready for it. I know my mouth is already watering thinking about all the desserts we’re about to see.

And I’m starting today with my newest chocolate obsession. If you have my book, Baking with Quinoa, than you’ve already seen my recipe for Chocolate Quinoa Crispy Treats. Well today, I’ve taken that idea and made you some candy.

Think chocolate quinoa crunch bars.

But don’t worry, this is the healthy kind of candy. The kind of candy that you can enjoy with no fear. You’ll be worry free and your waistline will thank you for it.

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These chocolate quinoa crunch bars are insane. They’re super chocolatey, semi-sweet, uber-crunchy and seriously amazing. And the best part? They’re crazy easy to make!

So, what do you say? Let’s bring on the chocolate candy!

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Oh, but wait, before we do, there’s some serious business to attend to. This past weekend, we reached 4,000 fans on Facebook. Can you believe that? 4,000!! Thanks to all of your love and support, the QofQ community is growing and you, my friends, are helping spread the love of quinoa all around the world. It’s amazing!

As promised, with each 1,000 fan mile mark we reach on FB, there will be a fun giveaway. Today’s giveaway is extra special to me because it’s all about quinoa and the yummy recipes that have come out of my very own kitchen. You guessed it, today you’re getting a chance to win a free copy of Baking with Quinoa!

And this time, it’s not only for just one of you. Nope, today I’m giving away three copies of this awesome ebook.

To whet your appetite even more, there are lots of decadent desserts in this book that would be perfect for your Valentine’s Day celebration – chocolate galore!

  • Double Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies
  • Vegan “Peanut Butter” Chocolate Cake
  • Flourless Quinoa Chocolate Cake
  • Fudgy Quinoa Brownies
  • Chocolate Quinoa Crispy Treats

Chocolate Quinoa Desserts via Queen of Quinoa (@alyssarimmer)

First, the recipe for Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Bars!

Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Bars [+ giveaway]

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 16 squares


  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon stevia powder (or more to taste)
  • ½ cup quinoa crispies, some set aside for garnishing
  • Sea salt to garnish


  1. Line a 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper and spray the exposed sides with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil and maple syrup.
  3. Stir in the cocoa powder and stevia until it starts to thicken.
  4. Add the quinoa crispies (minus the amount you set aside for garnishing), and mix until full incorporated.
  5. Spoon the chocolate-quinoa mixture into the dish and spread with a spatula until it’s uniform and smooth on the top.
  6. Sprinkle with remaining quinoa crispies and sea salt.
  7. Place the baking dish in the freezer for at least two hours, until the chocolate bars have hardened.
  8. Cut into squares and enjoy!
  9. note: store the uneaten chocolates in the freezer so they don’t melt.
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And now, the giveaway!!

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About Queen of Quinoa

Alyssa Rimmer is the quinoa obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, the Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients, and seeks to encourage the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten-free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun. After struggling with stomach issues throughout her college years, Alyssa decided enough was enough and took her health into her own hands. She started by removing gluten from her diet and hasn’t looked back since. Two happy years have passed and her stomach issues have practically disappeared. Living gluten-free has also helped her to truly discover her passion for cooking and she has embraced her new lifestyle with open arms. With the Queen of Quinoa, Alyssa shares her gluten-free recipes, many of which are focused on the superfood quinoa, and discusses her journey to living a more fulfilled and healthy life. She now also cooks refined sugar-free and although not all her of recipes are vegan, she has loved learning and experimenting with vegan baking. She lives in Burlington, Vermont where she is surrounded by fresh, local produce and is always inspired by the fabulous seasonal ingredients that make this state so special. She is excited to share her recipes with you, as she helps to uncover the amazing world of quinoa.
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48 Responses to Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Bars [+ giveaway]

  1. I would have never thought of quinoa being part of a decadent dessert like this. It looks amazing!
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  2. Jan says:

    Oh yum. These look so good!

  3. Lisa says:

    Hi there! Have recently fallen in love with your blog and would SOOO love to win a copy of your book! Just went to your rafflecopter link and it said the contest hasn’t started yet. Did I miss something somewhere!?! Thanks so much!

  4. Cat says:

    Those look pretty – and yummy! I’ve never heard of or seen quinoa crispies anywhere before. I’ll have to look. Maybe I’ll even find those elusive quinoa flakes I’ve heard about, too. :-) The rafflecopter link said the contest will start soon. Should it already be working? or check back later?

  5. Jennifer says:

    It wasn’t working for me, either!

  6. Hmm. I’d love to see cheesy potato soup made healthy.
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  7. Michelle S says:

    Yummy! I’m going share these on my page on Facebook :) I love that your recipes are simple and delicious. Keep them coming!

  8. I’d love to see my old childhood favorite, chocolate pie made healthy!!!

    Question about this recipe – what could I use instead of the Stevia powder? We can’t use it due to allergies…
    Jennifer Lane recently posted..Gluten Free Flour TortillasMy Profile

  9. Oh! That is a hard one! Let’s see…I would love to see Cherry Cordials transformed into a healthy version. :)

  10. Jeffrey says:

    I would like a healthy recipe for some fudgy brownies complete with a nice layer of ganache!

  11. Donna says:

    Anything vegan and GF!

  12. Yum! These look like quinoa kit-kat bars!!

  13. Melissa says:

    I would love to see a healthy, dairy-free version of Nutella!

  14. April says:

    I’d love to see a starch free, gluten free version of chocolate ice cream mochi balls… but that’s a bit far fetched :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. I’d love to see a healthy nutella recipe! :)
    Thanks for hosting this contest,
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  16. Kate says:

    I love to eat chocolate cake, and I’d love to see a healthy version!

  17. Jody says:

    Any chocolate recipe is fine by me! Especially with peanut butter or mint. mmmm…

  18. Alisa says:

    I’d never even heard of quinoa crisp – how exciting, I totally want to make these now!
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  19. Michelle S says:

    I would like either chocolate pot de creme or mousse to be made healthy.

  20. Jennifer says:

    Are quinoa crispies the same thing as puffed quinoa??

  21. Janis S says:

    I’d like to see healthy “buckeyes” – peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate.

  22. I’m all for chocolate and more chocolate, especially when it’s made with wholesome ingredients like this.
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  23. Phyllis says:

    Chocolate and peanut butter…anything combining those is good. :-)

  24. marlies says:

    where do you get “quinoa crispies?” im so intrigued!

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  26. Kate says:

    Can I ask you where you get quinoa crispies? These look awesome! I love your website! It is the best!! Thanks:)

  27. Michele says:

    What are the calories per serving of these chocolate quinoa crunch bars? Thank you!

    • Hi Michele – I don’t calculate calories or nutritional information for my recipes, but I know that there are a ton of great tools out there that let you plug in the ingredients and it spits out all the info you’re looking for :) Just try Googling “Recipe Nutrition Calculator”

  28. Diana says:

    I will have to keep my eye out for these ‘crispies’, I have not heard of them either. Could regular quinoa be made crispy, ‘says this homemade always thinking” cook.

    Thanks for sharing your yummy treats.

  29. Kate says:

    Quinoa flakes has been mentioned in a post. Would that be a substitute for quinoa crispies? They wouldn’t have the same texture at all,

    • Hi Kate, unfortunately, quinoa flakes cannot be used in this recipe. Think of quinoa flakes as more like an oat substitute and quinoa crispies like rice crispies. Pretty different :) If you don’t have quinoa crispies, you could definitely try it with rice crispies!

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