Quinoa Crispy Bars (Better Than Rice Crispy Treats!) - Dr. Axe

Quinoa Crispy Bars (Better Than Rice Crispy Treats!)

Quinoa crispy bars - Dr. Axe

Crispy treats: they sound so cute and friendly and yummy. It’s unfortunate that they’re essentially made of rice, sugar, butter and marshmallows — lots of it.

But what if I told you there was a way to enjoy the dessert guilt-free? Goodbye, rice krispies, hello Quinoa Crispy Treats! This healthified version replaces the rice with protein-rich quinoa and sweetens things up the natural way thanks to healing raw honey. And instead of using gobs of butter, the quinoa crispy bars are held together with almond and sunflower seed butters. Yum!

Not only is this quinoa bar tasty, it’s also the perfect energy bar. It delivers 235 calories per serving, with 24 grams of healthy carbs, 14 grams of healthy fats and 6 grams of protein.

Try this new take on an old treat tonight.

How to Make Quinoa Crispy Bars

Quinoa krispie treats step 1 - Dr. Axe
Start by lining an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. In a small pot over very low heat (honey should never be heated up much at all), melt add the coconut oil, honey, almond butter and sunflower seed butter.


Remove the pot from heat once the mixture has melted and sprinkle with the sea salt and cinnamon. Then pour it all into the waiting baking dish.

Stir the puffed quinoa through the almond butter mixture, making sure all the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.

Quinoa krispie treats step 3 - Dr. Axe

With a spatula, even out the quinoa crispy mix so it’s all level. Then place the baking pan in the freezer, letting the crispy bar set for 20 minutes or so.

Quinoa krispie treats step 4 - Dr. Axe

When you’re ready to serve, remove the quinoa crispy bars from the freezer and cut immediately. Serve while still frozen.

Quinoa krispie treats recipe - Dr. Axe

These are healthy quinoa bars are delicious and so easy to make. Kids love to help make them — and eat them, of course!

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Quinoa crispy treats

Quinoa Crispy Bars Recipe

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  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DNM, CN
  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Yield: 20 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This healthy version of rice krispy treats replaces the rice with protein-rich quinoa and sweetens things up the natural way thanks to healing honey. And instead of using gobs of butter, the quinoa crispy treats are held together with almond and sunflower seed butters. Yum!


  • 1 cup unsalted almond butter
  • ½ cup sunflower seed butter
  • ½ cup raw honey
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups puffed quinoa or millet


  1. Prepare a 8×8 baking dish by lining it with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small pot at very low heat, melt almond butter, sunbutter, honey and coconut oil.
  3. Remove from heat and scrap into a mixing bowl.
  4. Stir in sea salt and cinnamon.
  5. Add in puffed quinoa and stir until well incorporated.
  6. Pour mixture into prepared dish.
  7. Spread out mixture with a spatula to make an even layer in the dish. Freeze for 20 minutes or longer until set.
  8. When ready to serve, remove from freezer and cut immediately. Serve frozen.
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min freeze time
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Freezing
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 bar (50g)
  • Calories: 235
  • Sugar: 8.2g
  • Sodium: 61mg
  • Fat: 13.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 10g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.9g
  • Fiber: 3.1g
  • Protein: 6.6g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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  1. Marie on

    I ‘ve made this healthy, wonderful dessert several times. No kids in the house, however, my husband and I enjoy it insanely. Thank you so much!

  2. Mandeep on

    If replacing Sunflower seed butter with just Almond butter, would the almond butter quantity increase to 1.5 cups in the recipe or two different seed butters are required?

  3. Stella on

    I’ve seen Puffed Quinoa in the cereal section in a co-op or whole foods store.

    My question is how well do these stand up Out of the refrigerator?
    It says serve frozen. I want to make treats for the kids to take on the, plane. I may use dates for sweetener and to hold it together

    Dr. Axe could you please answer. Thank you

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      Hi Stella,
      They hold up pretty well. You can use dates, just remember that it may change the consistency. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work though! I hope this helps! Blessings to you and yours.

  4. Linda on

    I join the others? What is “puffed” quinoa? I cook with raw quinoa all the time. Do you pop it in a fat to make it puffed? Please tell us!!

  5. Kerstin on

    Yet another delicious treat that my kids will eat as well! Only question, i popped the quinoa and it’s not as puffy or white as in your pictures. How do I puff the quinoa to be like this or where can i purchase puffed quinoa?


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