Coconut Quinoa Granola Bars (For Becky!)

Coconut Quinoa Granola Bars

A year ago, I was a new blogger, trying to figure out how this whole blogging thing worked. Well, I am still trying to figure a lot of that out. The difference now is that there are a lot more people to witness it! Last year at this time, my family members were pretty much the only ones reading my blog or leaving comments on it. I loved them for it (still do!), but I can text them pictures of what I’m cooking anytime I want. And I do. No blog necessary.

Becky was one of the first people I didn’t know to start leaving comments on my blog. I was thrilled to find out she was another new blogger, and also kind of shocked. She seemed to really have it together! Almost a year later, we still follow each other’s blogs (and she still really has it together). And I’m excited to be throwing a surprise party today for her blog’s first birthday!

Coconut Quinoa Granola Bars

Surprise, Becky!

Today, Becky’s blog, Olives n Wine, turns one year old! A bunch of Becky’s blogging friends thought it would be fun to celebrate all the hard work she has put into her blog over the past year by making her recipes. Like me, Becky loves healthy entrees and not-so-healthy desserts, so there was a lot to choose from! In the end, I settled on something in between: these coconut-quinoa granola bars with a chocolate drizzle.

Coconut Quinoa Granola Bars

Yummmm.

It’s been a while since I posted a granola recipe, but these granola bars may get me back in the swing of things. Peanut butter, honey, quinoa, oats, pecans, pistachios… there is so much good stuff going on! Just the right balance between chewy and crispy. And of course, topped off with a heavy-handed drizzle of chocolate.

Coconut Quinoa Granola Bars

The recipe is over at Becky’s blog, Olives n Wine. A few notes on changes I made from the original:

- I used a 9″ square baking dish instead of 9×13″.

- I drizzled the bars with chocolate instead of dipping them (and used vegan chocolate chips to keep it dairy-free). I used a quarter cup of chocolate chips melted together with 1 Tbsp coconut oil to make the chocolate more pourable.

Coconut Quinoa Granola Bars

These granola bars made some of the best snacks I’ve had in quite some time. Nate thought so too, and the whole batch was devoured suspiciously quickly.

Head over to Becky’s blog for the recipe, and wish her a happy first blog birthday if you get a chance!

Coconut Quinoa Granola Bars

And if you’d like to check out the other bloggers who made Becky’s recipes today:

Katie from Blonde Ambition made Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

Jan from Sprouts n Squats made Banana Bread Oatmeal

Jackie from Nacho Average Runner made Mexican Sweet Potato Casserole

Katie from Daily Cup of Kate made Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie in a Mug

Holly from Eat Great Be Great made White Chocolate-Walnut-Coconut-Butternut Squash Dessert

Amanda from Running with Spoons made Easy Breakfast Cookie in a Mug

Dana from The Daily Moderation made Pumpkin-Nutella Bars with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Glaze

Katie from running4cupcakes made Banana Bread Nutella Cookies

Carly from Snack Therapy made Homemade Taco Seasoning

Amy from The Little Honey Bee made Skinny Chubby Monkey

Hannah from Clean Eating Veggie Girl made Jalapeno-Spiced Black Bean Burgers

Sam from Better with Sprinkles made Spinach and Cheese Lasagna Roll-ups

Davida from The Healthy Maven made Biscoff Chip Cookies

Sarah from Making Thyme for Health made French Onion Soup

Alisha from Alisha’s Appetite made Healthy Beef and Broccoli with a Garlic Zing

Emily from Have Your Cake and… made Creamy Butternut Risotto

Brittany from Protein & Pumps made Antioxidant Froyo Bars

Heather from Fit ‘n’ Cookies made Chocolate Chip Birthday Cookies

Chelsea from Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen made Greek Spaghetti Squash

Ashlee from His-n-Hers Healthy-n-Happy made BBQ Tofu Pizza

Erin from The Almond Eater made Mini Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Melanie from Beautifully Nutty made Paleo Pad Thai

Elise from 9toFit made Arugula & Goat Cheese Flatbread Pizza

Jennifer from Brunette Anthem made Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Smoothie

Sara from Fitcupcaker made Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

Caroline from The Trendy Trainer made S’mores Cookie Dough Bars

Natalie from Free Range Human made Biscoff Chip Cookies

Coconut Quinoa Granola Bars

Have a good Wednesday, friends!

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  • D @ The Kosher Cave Girl November 13, 2013, 5:09 am

    Oh, yum! Anything with quinoa, and I am SO IN.

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  • Julia November 13, 2013, 6:20 am

    Happy Blogiversary to Becky! What a way to celebrate with these insanely delicious quinoa granola bars!!

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  • Taryn November 13, 2013, 6:30 am

    This was such a great idea.. Becky has some really awesome recipes!

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  • Sara@fitcupcaker November 13, 2013, 7:03 am

    You made these look awesome!!

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  • Christine @ Gotta Eat Green November 13, 2013, 7:19 am

    What a great idea!! I wish I could have participated in such a fun surprise!!

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  • Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon November 13, 2013, 7:32 am

    You guys are seriously the best of friends to Becky! I love seeing the blog community do things like this- and these quinoa granola bars look heavenly. I am happy to see everyone have great success with her recipes!!

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  • Ashlee@HisnHers November 13, 2013, 8:28 am

    Oh man now I’m regretting my decision to not make one of her desserts! These look SO good! And your pictures look gorgeous

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  • Becky @ Olives n Wine November 13, 2013, 8:47 am

    Ooooh!!! First of all, you made these bars look so pretty – yum! Secondly, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! You are amazing and I love seeing all of the creative and healthy recipes on your blog. I love your fitness posts as well ;) And finally, I may appear that I have it together but really, do any of us??! ;) LOVE YOU!! <3

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    • Erica November 13, 2013, 9:22 am

      You are the sweetest! And you have put SO much work into your blog over the past year – it really shows! I’m so impressed with your healthy recipes and how active you are. Love you more!

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  • dishing up the dirt November 13, 2013, 8:53 am

    such a lovely post. Happy one year to Becky. These bars sound delicious!

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  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition November 13, 2013, 10:21 am

    I’m so glad you had this idea to celebrate Becky! As expected, you made these (already amazing) bars look seriously gorgeous. So much good stuff in them, and your chocolate drizzle is making me drool!

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  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl November 13, 2013, 10:46 am

    I am seriously finding SO many new recipes to try! I wish this was an actual pot luck and not a virtual one! ;)

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  • Katie @ running4cupcakes November 13, 2013, 12:08 pm

    I love this idea – nice work with putting it all together!! I know Becky feels super loved today. :)

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    • Erica November 13, 2013, 2:15 pm

      Thanks Katie! So glad we were able to do it!

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  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health November 13, 2013, 1:45 pm

    Wow, these turned out amazing! I would love to sink my teeth into one of those bad boys. And your pictures…I don’t even need to tell you how good you are. It’s obvious at this point. ;)

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  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat November 13, 2013, 3:13 pm

    Wow, do these bars look fantastic! Definitely need to give Becky’s recipe a try. She is quite the genius in the kitchen! ;-)

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    • Erica November 13, 2013, 3:35 pm

      She sure is! I had such a hard time choosing which recipe to make!

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  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats November 13, 2013, 5:56 pm

    Yum how good do those bars look?? If I wasn’t allergic to Quinoa I would make these in a flash.

    Thanks for hosting and coming up with the great idea. Becky is the greatest and so happy we can help her celebrate

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  • Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia November 13, 2013, 6:48 pm

    you gals are so incredible for doing this! most of you are new to me but i am having so much fun reading your posts and scoping out all the tasty treats :P ..and these bars look fantastic btw!

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  • Christie Anderson @kissesandkale.blogspot.com November 13, 2013, 7:11 pm

    These look so good! I will definitely try these soon! I love that you are all coming together as a blogging community to do this for Becky!

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  • Elise @ 9toFit.com November 14, 2013, 4:28 am

    Those look so amazing, pinning them now!

    &thanks for including me on beckys virtual surprise! :)

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  • Dearna @tohercore November 14, 2013, 2:41 pm

    That is such a lovely idea, Kate must be feeling so loved and happy today :) These bars looks great too, I’ll have to try!

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    • Dearna @tohercore November 14, 2013, 2:43 pm

      Doh… That was obviously supposed to be Becky, not Kate! Thats what you get for trying to multitask at work… ;)

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  • Amy @ Fit For Thirty January 11, 2014, 12:33 pm

    These are so delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  • Gabi February 21, 2014, 11:03 am

    Those are fantastic. Changed the nuts because I din’t have the listed one on hand but they are delicious and sooooo simple to make!

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