It’s been a while since I’ve published a recipe – which honestly it’s a little funny since I started this blog to share recipes and diary my running adventures. But it’s turned into so much more. I love sharing all my thoughts, experiences, and adventures of motherhood. But I still dabble in recipes from time to time.
As you know I love to make energy balls and now that my hands are extra full I am a big fan of things I can eat with one hand and in one or two bites. I’ve found myself craving something sweet during the afternoons and evenings but I also wanted to get a boost from some protein and fiber, so I decided to combine the two.
I ordered puffed quinoa off Amazon – but it came in a giant bag (I’ll seriously be making these for the next 3 years before I use it up!), so I highly recommend a smaller portion from Nuts.com.
Puffed Quinoa isn’t as crispy as say a puffed rice, it’s a little more squishy than crispy, but still it’s light and airy which when combined with chocolate tastes delicious. To make these balls I melted some coconut oil with milk chocolate than stirred in the puffed quinoa. I used a cookie scoop to portion out balls onto a sheet tray then put them in the fridge for 20 minutes to set. You can eat them straight from the fridge, but I’ve found I like them a little softer so I’ve taken to leaving them in an airtight container on my kitchen counter.
It’s a quick, no-bake treat that’s sweet but packed with protein, fiber, and iron. It’s a winning combination!
No Bake Crispy Chocolate Quinoa Balls
Makes 10-12 balls
1 cup chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate, but you could use dark chocolate)
1 tbsp coconut oil
3.5 cups puffed quinoa
Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in a large glass bowl – either over a double boiler on the stovetop or in the microwave.
Stir in the puffed quinoa using a rubber spatula. Mix until well combined.
Using a large cookie scoop, scoop balls on a parchment lined baking sheet and refrigerate for about 20 minutes until chocolate sets.
Store in refrigerator or on the countertop in an airtight container.