Double Chocolate Cranberry Quinoa Bars and a Running Update

Yesterday, as I was going through comments on my blog, I realized that I’ve been neglecting to update my workout log. I most definitely have not stopped exercising in these past two weeks! Moving into the house has left my life a bit unorganized and I’ve had to make some alterations to my workout schedule, but I’ve kept it up at least five days a week. I’ve been going to yoga at least twice a week, and running 2-3 times a week. Occasionally I throw in a Jillian 30 Day Shred workout too.

My biggest new exercise hurdle is that I no longer have access to a treadmill – this has really thrown me for a loop! I know it sounds strange, but I’ve realized that I think I actually prefer running on a treadmill. I’m sure part of this is because it’s easier to run on the treadmill as you have less resistance and there are no hills, but I think another part of it is that I like to have a set route and not think about where I’m going. The treadmill makes it easy to do that. In the few runs I’ve done so far in my new neighborhood, I much prefer making the eight minute walk to the park and running the one mile loop three times than running a somewhat aimless three mile loop around my neighborhood. For whatever reason, the pattern makes it easier for me!

Unfortunately, I haven’t had a good run outside so far. My last 3 mile run took me 34 minutes – I was really struggling. It was also 85 degrees and humid (very hot for New Hampshire!), so I’m hoping that factored into it. Accordingly, I’ve been a bit discouraged with my running lately. My goal for the next couple of weeks is to keep running three times a week and try to build up my stamina for running outside. Cutting my runs short just because it’s harder will only make me lose my running endurance in the end!

Enough about running for today!

Let’s change subjects to my latest snack obsession :).

Double Chocolate Cranberry Quinoa Bars = delicious!

Over the weekend, I wanted to make a new snack for my days at the office. I was thinking about making another batch of my Dark Chocolate Cranberry Quinoa Bars because ever since I found and finished the ones from my freezer I’ve been wanting more. However, I was in a very chocolately mood. I decided to adapt my quinoa bar recipe and make them into chocolate quinoa bars. It was one of those baking experiments that I wasn’t sure was going to work, but I had great success!

The quinoa makes these fairly nutritious and full of protein. They do a great job of quelling my mid-morning hunger – much more so than a regular granola bar. If you’re not a huge chocolate person, you can try my original recipe, but this is my new favorite! Oh and these are gluten-free too!

They come together much like the other recipe, just a couple slight adjustments.

First, cook your quinoa and let it cool. Preheat your oven to 350. Then mix the quinoa with the garbanzo bean flour, brown sugar, ground flax, cocoa powder and cinnamon.

In a separate bowl, mix together the egg, milk and vanilla.

Then add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir together.

Finally, stir in the chocolate chips and dried cranberries and pour the mixture into your baking pan.

Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Double Chocolate Cranberry Quinoa Bars

Adapted from my previous recipe, adapted from Fannetastic Food


  • 1.5 cups cooked quinoa (cooled)
  • 1 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


1) Cook your quinoa, unless you already have leftover quinoa. Let it cool.

2) Preheat oven to 350.

3) Mix your quinoa, flour, brown sugar, ground flax, cocoa powder and cinnamon in large bowl.

4) Mix your milk, egg and vanilla.

5) Add the wet ingredient mixture to the dry ingredient mixture and stir to combine.

6) Add the dark chocolate chips and dried cranberries and stir to combine.

7) Pour batter into a baking pan (I used an 8×8) and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

8) Enjoy!

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14 Responses to Double Chocolate Cranberry Quinoa Bars and a Running Update

  1. I used to hate running outside, but I definitely like it better now. And I often pop in a 30-day shred video as well 🙂
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  2. Some people just like the treadmill more, I have friends that are the same way. Hopefully you will find your groove yet again. Everyone has this transition phase.
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    • Caroline says:

      I’m hoping I’m just in a running “funk” and I will snap out of it soon – I ran five miles last week, after all!

  3. Moving can definitely shake up your workout routine. I tried to give myself a break the week before and after my move – and once I got things in some sort of order, it was awesome to get back on the track! I do find myself missing the treadmill sometimes though. Hopefully you have a smooth transition away from it!

  4. Those look amazing!! And I love the ingredients you use! Anything with chocolate in it I love 🙂

  5. Oh my gosh, these look incredible!
    I love the ingredient list! Sounds great!
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  6. corrie anne says:

    Those bars look amazing!! Seriously!! I’m moving from an apartment to a house in a few weeks, and I’m going to miss that treadmill too!!!!!
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    • Caroline says:

      Thanks! Milk your treadmill for all it’s worth while you still have it! I did my longest distance yet on my last treadmill run – 5 miles!

  7. Avigail says:

    Bah! Your ability to cook is making me jealous. I miss my kitchen. I also think you’re crazy that you prefer to run on a treadmill! I guess when it’s hot and humid you gotta do what you gotta do.

    Miss and love you!


    • Caroline says:

      If I had your kitchen I’d miss it too! I think I’m going to buy a used treadmill once I move to Houston – it would be SOOO nice to be able to have one at home! Miss you too!

  8. I completely agree with you about running outside vs. running indoors on a treadmill—the treadmill always wins! I like having complete control over my pace and incline, as well as the distraction of the television to help pass the time. Running outside may be more invigorating, but my runs inside are more successful.

    I’ve never baked with quinoa, but I’m loving this recipe! They look brownie-like! Please say they are!

    xoxo <3
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    • Caroline says:

      They’re a little bit fudgy but defintely not the same as a gooey delicious brownie! Much healthier though 🙂 One day I will own my own treadmill and it will be fabulous!

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