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Quinoa Dessert Bites

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I remember growing up, my mom would always put homemade treats in my lunch for school.  A lot of my friends would have hostess treats,or other store bought treats, and in my little 7 year old mind I was so jealous!  It isn’t until I have looked back as an adult that I realize how lucky I really was!  Homemade desserts are not only super delicious and way more filling, but they can contain quality ingredients and you can really pump up the nutrition. 

These quinoa dessert bites are packed with nutrition, but have a touch of added sweetness making them the perfect treat for a school lunch, after school snack, or even after dinner dessert!  Quinoa not only provides fiber, and vitamins and minerals, but also protein making these little bites super filling!  We added fruit for some bonus nutrients and also a natural sweetness.  

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Combine all your ingredients in a medium bowl, excluding the eggs. We used chopped apple and shredded coconut in ours, but you can really use any fruit! Once it is mixed together, add your beaten eggs and mix until combined.  Using a cookie scoop, place a small amount into each compartment of a mini muffin tin.  Place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.  Once they are baked, allow to cool and dip in chocolate.  

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These make the perfect size treat for a little mouth, but are delicious enough to eat two!  


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Quinoa Dessert Bites

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup oats, uncooked 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped fruit (we used apple and coconut)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup chocolate pieces, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add your cooked quinoa, oats, and chopped fruit.   In a separate smaller mixing bowl, combine your cinnamon, sugar and salt.  Add the spice mixture to the quinoa and oats.  Stir in your chopped fruit.  Once combined add the eggs, and mix just until combined.  
  3. Scoop into a sprayed mini muffin tin, making sure the pan is thoroughly sprayed.  
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Let cool, and dip in chocolate.   

35 Comments

Kelli Sayre

Just wondering if you could:
1. Mix in chocolate chips instead of putting chocolate on the outside?
2. Make them as cookies instead of bites?
Thanks! They look yummy!

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Puja

What can i substitute for eggs? I usually substitute eggs with flaxseed powder and water. Would it work for this?

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Heather

For savory dishes, I cook my quinoa in chicken broth to improve flavor. Any ideas on what to cook it in for sweet dishes like this?

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Puja

What can i substitute for eggs? I usually substitute eggs with flaxseed powder and water. Would it work for this?

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Nicole

Did you store these in an air tight container? Or would they last longer if stored in the refrigerator?

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Jess Despres

So I made these and a few issues I came across, maybe you have suggestions on how to fix them?
– I didn’t have mini muffin tins so i used regular sized muffin tins. some were larger then others and i found the smaller ones stayed together better then the large ones.
– i put the chocolate chips INSIDE the “bites” too see if that would make them bind together a little better but not that well
but the taste of them was awesome .. my 6yr old son LOVES them

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Paula Blanchard

Lovely! I will make these soon! Only change for me as a vegan would be to use flax or chia seeds soaked in water as the egg substitute (1 T. seeds to 3 T. water). Extra nutrition too!

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Kerry

I would use some mashed ripe banana. You just need the egg in this recipe to hold the ingredients together.

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kim

These look yum, im wondering what could be used in place of the sugar if we’re avoiding sugar? Mashed banana for sweetness, or a fruit puree? Has anyone tried anything? Thanks :-)

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Sara

I put the chocolate chips in before baking. They were the only yummy thing about these. Sorry :( Sounded good but my family didn’t care for them at all. They all broke apart also.

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lee

I would like to incorporate more quinoa into my snacks and things but am unsure how to use it. Does this quinoa come already cooked or do you get it raw and then cook it?? Is it flakes? And lastly – how do you cook it?? : ) Thanks – keen to try this one out!!

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Katy

I just made these with strawberries, so they were like chocolate covered strawberries YUM!!!

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Sharon

I made these with 1c mashed banana instead of the eggs and left out the sugar. Delicious! I also used apples and raisins for fruit. They stayed together great.

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HighEnergy_jana

Is there a way to start adding a nutritional “label”. I often use your recipes for my fitness challenge groups but they want and need to know what they are eating. Like calories per serving, fat, sodium, sugar and protein. This would be a BIG help!!! Thank you!!!!

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Nichole

Made these exactly as directed and they are AWESOME!! My kids love them and so do I ! I especially love how healthy they are !

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Julie

Made these tonight. Daughter really liked the taste! I had the same trouble with them crumbling though. Wondering if anyone had success with keeping them together and what the secret was. Thanks for sharing!

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Timsy

By any chance were we supposed to use “instant oats” rather than normal oats? I used oats as per the recipe but the quinoa bites are chewy and not crunchy … I expected a bit crunchy after baking the bites and due to the oats being uncooked. Please advise.
Thanks for your amazing recipes!

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Highenergy_jana

Oh so to get the nutrition content I need to buy a subscription? Okay thanks anyway! Maybe some day once my client base gets larger and I have a few coaches who could use the information too.

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Jodie

I just made these but I used 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa and did the evaporation method of cooking so ended up being more than a cup when cooked, I also used a cup of dried organic apricots chopped in small pieces. They stayed together and we’re easy to dip in the chocolate, all the family loves them including my fussy 3 yr old…very yummy

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sarah

These are great! My kids love them. If a batch doesn’t stay together very well you can crumble them on a cookie sheet and pop them in the oven for 5-8 more minutes and it makes great granola ;) thanks for the recipe!

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We don’t use stevia much, but I would assume they would still taste great! There are a lot of other flavors going on in this recipe.

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