Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bars

These Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bars are toddler tested and loved and are filled with tons of broccoli and protein, fiber rich quinoa so they’re Mom approved, too!  These Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bars are toddler tested and loved and are filled with tons of broccoli and protein, fiber rich quinoa so they're Mom approved, too!  

I have been meaning to post this recipe for you guys for months because it’s one of my favorite snacks to make for M.  Not only is it incredibly healthy (hello broccoli and quinoa), but they are super tasty, too (hellooooo cheddar)!  And when I say tasty, I don’t mean to just my little vegetable loving toddler, but these Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bars have been loved by even super picky toddler palettes!  

For M’s Halloween party at her daycare, I was totally that mom.  Ok, ok, I admit, I’m always that mom which I’m reminded of every morning when I drop off M with her avocado toast and spinach scrambled eggs for breakfast while the other kiddos are eating cereal and sweet treats.  But for Halloween, I was that mom that brought these Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bars as a treat to share with her class.  And when I dropped them off and gave the list of ingredients to her teacher, she gave me an “Uh… ok.  I hope the kids eat them…”  Ouch.  So I left feeling like I was a total mom fail by dooming my poor child to be that kid of the totally uncool mom who doesn’t send chocolate.  Until I picked M up later that day and the same teacher RAVED about how good the bars were and how all the kids LOVED them and the moms were asking for the recipe!  Healthy Mom win!These Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bars are toddler tested and loved and are filled with tons of broccoli and protein, fiber rich quinoa so they're Mom approved, too!  M already knew that these were a winner and she loves to help make them, too!  By help, of course I mean be the official cheese taste tester 😉 These Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bars are toddler tested and loved and are filled with tons of broccoli and protein, fiber rich quinoa so they're Mom approved, too!  

They’re great served as a meal (I’ll often pack them for lunch with fruit for M), or I’ll cut the bigger bars in half for a quick healthy snack- for M or I!These Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bars are toddler tested and loved and are filled with tons of broccoli and protein, fiber rich quinoa so they're Mom approved, too!  

Again, we’re really fortunate in that we don’t have to “hide” veggies from M.  The only ones we’ve come across that she doesn’t like are green peppers, everything else she happily eats.  But for moms that are looking for ways to sneak those greens into a cheesy snack, this is the perfect way.  Especially since you’re also getting in all the fiber, iron, magnesium, and protein from the quinoa!These Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bars are toddler tested and loved and are filled with tons of broccoli and protein, fiber rich quinoa so they're Mom approved, too!  While taking photos M claimed her bars. She, and I, happily had them for lunch!  

I hope you moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunties, uncles, and other caretakers or loved ones of little ones try these!  If you do, be sure to let me know on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!  Also, be on the lookout for mom and toddler approved, nutritious snacks and meals!  

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Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bars

Taste AND nutrition to make these toddler loved and Mom approved.  

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa for an extra savory taste, cook your quinoa which a stock, chicken or vegetable
  • 3 cups chopped broccoli - just the head if buying crowns in grocery store, this was approximately 3/4 lb worth of full crowns
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1/4 cup shredded romano or Parmesan!
  • pinch koser salt

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Add the quinoa, broccoli, cheddar, romano and salt to a large bowl.  Mix well.  


  3. Add the whisked egg and mix everything together so it's all coated with egg. 

  4. Grease an 8X8 square baking pan and add mixture to pan and smooth with a spatula into a smooth layer. 

  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes until the edges begin to brown.  Remove from oven and cool completely, then cut into squares and serve! 

  6. Store in an airtight container in fridge for 4-5 days. 

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  • I’m kind of fascinated by these- I love broccoli cheddar soup, so this should be delicious! I want to taste test one!!! And then you know, maybe taste test a lot of them. (And go you- being the healthy mom!!!)

  • I love how simple and healthy these are! I am always looking for healthy snacks that I feel good about feeding the kids and these are perfect. They are yummy for me to snack on too!

  • These sound delicious and so hearty and filling. What a great meal, and what a great way to get the kiddos to eat their veggies Can’t wait to try this out!

  • I never had to hide vegetables from my daughter either. — they were always “loud and proud” on our dinner table. I know she would love to try these quinoa bars — that touch of cheese gives it that “treat” aspect. Well done, healthy Mom!

  • I am SOOOO making this as soon as possible! Possibly today even! My baby used to love broccoli, it was her favourite food but over the past couple of months she barely eats it, so I hope I’ll be able to get her to eat more of it using these bars. Hopefully she’ll like quinoa also, she didn’t like it when I added it to a soup a few times.

    Quick question, the broccoli is raw when mixed with everything. Is this correct? or did I misunderstand the directions?

    • OK, I just made these! Really yummy! I actually remembered that I have a similar recipe but yours is better 🙂 I tagged you on Instagram stories 🙂

      • Oh awesome, thank you Julie!!! I’m sorry I didn’t see your question about raw broccoli until now. SO glad you liked them – will check out your Instagram story now! <3

  • Broccoli is my all time favorite vegetable! I absolutely love that you turned a classic (broccoli + cheddar) into bars with quinoa! This recipe is just epic and genius! I CANNOT wait to make this!!

  • Oh what a great win on the Mom front, yay! So glad you got your props from the teacher and of course it’s the kids that really win. These look so interesting. I’m going to have to try these, thanks for sharing these!

  • Oh my gosh. This is like, the healthy version of one of my childhood faves: broccoli casserole. I mean, almost, right? Haha. I love the idea of savory bars. And hey, it’s totally okay to be *that* Mom if *that* Mom means you’re introducing your little human to awesome and nutritious food. Avocado toast is awesome, and there is NO denying that. When I have a little one, I will totally be that Mom too <3

  • I’m “that mom” too when it comes to preschool snacks, lol. Ours is a co-op so we take turns bringing snacks for the entire class and it’s usually fruit snacks and gold fish. So last time I did plaintain chips with guacamole and the kids went crazy for it! Healthy fats for the win! I’m signed up again towards the end of March and will be taking these bars!

  • Ha I am right there with you with being ‘that mom’. My daughter brings a homemade bento box for lunch every day and I have always gotten a comment from the teachers that ‘that looks very healthy…’ This morning one of them told me they have had to introduce hummus and veggie sticks to the kids afternoon snack menu because everyone keeps trying to eat my daughters at lunch 🙂 Victory! These bars look FANTASTIC, and I can’t wait to try them out on my kids (who already prefer quinoa and broccoli casserole over mac n cheese 🙂 so I know they will be a huge hit)

  • I just stumbled upon some quinoa in my pantry that I didn’t know I had, and have been looking for a great recipe to make with it. This will be on our menu this week! Broccoli and cheddar is such a classic pairing, and the texture must be fantastic with the quinoa. I love the story about how you dropped them off at daycare too. Good for you for being a healthy mom and introducing the kids to such a great treat!