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Quinoa Dessert Bites

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!  


Products Used

Mini Muffin Tin Muffin Scoop

 

 

 

Quinoa Dessert Bites


Instructions

  • 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.   

Cook Time 15-20 minutes
Yield 24 mini bites
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Comments

Kelli Sayre
08/29/2014 7:46am
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!
Puja
08/29/2014 1:38pm
What can i substitute for eggs? I usually substitute eggs with flaxseed powder and water. Would it work for this?
Kerry
08/30/2014 7:37am
I would use some mashed ripe banana. You just need the egg in this recipe to hold the ingredients together.
Nicole
08/29/2014 1:49pm
Did you store these in an air tight container? Or would they last longer if stored in the refrigerator?
Jess Despres
08/29/2014 2:31pm
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
Paula Blanchard
08/29/2014 5:20pm
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!
08/30/2014 8:16am
Would you be willing to come back and share if that worked well for you? I'd be interested in making them vegan as well.
08/29/2014 10:10pm
These look amazing! How well would these hold up if they were baked in a pan and cut into bars when still warm?
kim
08/30/2014 4:21pm
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 :-)
Sharon
09/01/2014 8:04pm
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.
Sara
08/30/2014 4:29pm
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.
08/31/2014 12:11am
Hey Natalie this sounds like an absolutely amazing recipe. I've been doing my best to lower my sugar levels. Do you think this would taste as good if you replaced the brown sugar with stevia?
Katy
08/31/2014 1:39pm
I just made these with strawberries, so they were like chocolate covered strawberries YUM!!!
08/31/2014 4:09pm
These look so good. I cook with quinoa all the time but have never baked with it. Thanks for the inspiration!
HighEnergy_jana
09/02/2014 6:54am
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!!!!
09/02/2014 2:39pm
We analyze all of our meal plan recipes for nutrition data! You can check out our meal plans here: http://www.superhealthykids.com/subscribe.php
Highenergy_jana
09/03/2014 6:37am
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.
09/03/2014 7:24am
Jana You can also analyze recipes using this tool here: http://nutritiondata.self.com/mynd/myrecipes/welcome?returnto=/mynd/myrecipes
Lorna
09/03/2014 2:01am
Is the fruit dried?
Julie
09/03/2014 4:27am
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!
Timsy
09/03/2014 6:20am
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!
09/03/2014 9:53am
I used regular rolled oats, but you can definitely use instant if it was a problem for you :)
Jodie
09/06/2014 12:56am
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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