Cocoa-nut Quinoa Bites

By now, a lot of people know of Quinoa, even if they have no idea how to pronounce it. But, do we all know about the origins and benefits of it? The plant is grown for its grain-like seeds and it is actually a relative of beets, spinach and tumbleweeds. It is from the Andes region of South America and was successfully domesticated 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. The Incas held quinoa in high regard, even referring to it as the “Mother of all grains”, but when Spanish Conquistadors found the Incas, they dismissed the grain as “food for Indians” and suppressed its cultivation. But, now, quinoa is having its heyday and the UN has even declared 2013 as the year of Quinoa. Clearly, they are a little late to the party. ;)

As far as how good it is for you, the facts speak for themselves. Quinoa is a complete protein, containing 9 essential amino acids; the grain is also rich in iron, fiber, magnesium, manganese and Riboflavin (B2). It is really no wonder this “super food” has become immensely popular! Quinoa is also naturally Gluten-free, so it is a great addition to any Celiac’s diet, or anyone else for that matter.

So, now that you know a little more about quinoa, let’s get on to the recipe! I’ve made plenty of savory recipes with it before, so I figured now would be a great time to try out a sweeter one. Especially after that review on those Keen-Wah Decadence bars, Mmmm.. And the giveaway is still going on! Enter for your chance to win one of three Multi-packs from YogaEarth. Anyway, these little quinoa bites are filled with deliciousness, it’s a main ingredient. :P They are perfect for curbing your sweet tooth cravings!

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Cocoa-nut Quinoa Bites
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Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
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Serves: 16
 
Delicious and easy to make, no-bake, Cocoa-nut Quinoa Bites!
Ingredients
  • 3 C. Cooked Quinoa (I steam cooked 1 cup of quinoa with 2.5 cups of water for 20 mins.)
  • ¼ C. Raw Cacao Powder
  • ⅓ C. Maple Syrup
  • 3 Tbsp. Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • ¾ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ C. Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
Instructions
  1. After you are done cooking the quinoa, place it into a large bowl (while it is still warm) and stir all of the ingredients other than the coconut into it.
  2. Make sure to stir and fold it together so that everything is evenly combined. Because of the warmth of the quinoa, the peanut butter and coconut oil should melt and stir into it relatively easy.
  3. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with wax or parchment paper, or a SilPat if you have one, and spoon 2 tbsp.-sized mounds onto it. No need to worry about the spacing as they will not expand.
  4. Place the baking sheet into the refrigerator for 30-40 mins. Get a shallow bowl or small plate ready with the shredded coconut for rolling the bites in.
  5. Once time is up, take the baking sheet out of the refrigerator and roll the mounds in between your palms until they are spherical. Then roll them around the coconut shreds to coat the outside.
  6. Put them back into the refrigerator for 2 hours or more for them to fully firm up. Snack on them as you please!
Notes
Potassium: 5.7mg Calcium: 2% Iron: 7.7% All nutrition facts are approximate.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 "Bite" Calories: 100 Fat: 4g Saturated fat: 1.8g Carbohydrates: 13.9g Sugar: 4.7g Sodium: 18.1mg Fiber: 1.7g Protein: 2.5g Cholesterol: 0

What are some cool ways that you’ve experimented with Quinoa? Did you learn anything new about this “super food”?

22 Comments

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22 Responses to Cocoa-nut Quinoa Bites

  1. I love these fun little bites, and they for sure would travel perfectly!!! I am a huge lover of quinoa, and have cooked and baked with it. I think my favorite will always be my butterscotch and craisin quinoa cookies! Hugs, Terra

  2. Wow, I would never have thought these were made with quinoa, that is awesome!

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      It definitely a random experiment gone oh so right. I have so many other versions that I want to try out, now!

  3. I LOVE these! Awesome way to use quinoa.

  4. I love creative, interesting, simple recipes like this! Quinoa bites? Can’t wait to try! Keep the recipes coming!

  5. Those look wonderful. What a great idea!

  6. What a great idea to use quinoa in this dessert! Yummy!

  7. Love these!! I will definitely be trying these out as soon as possible. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Joy

    Love this – can’t wait to try these! My favorite quinoa recipe is mac-n-cheese. It’s on my blog @ http://jkuoha.wordpress.com

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  11. These would be the perfect snack on the go!

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  14. Cindy

    This are good tasting but kind of mushy. Did I do something wrong? Any ideas on how to make them firmer?

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      Hi Cindy! It could be that there was too much water leftover from the cooked quinoa, making it so they did not firm up very much. I think that more cocoa powder could help keep the bites more firm, or potentially partially freezing them before snacking.

      I hope that helps!

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