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Quinoa Dessert Bites Recipe
August 28, 2014 | Home >Healthy Kids >Quinoa Dessert Bites Recipe

Quinoa Dessert Bites Recipe

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.

This quinoa dessert bites recipe is 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.

Quinoa Dessert Bites. From cooked quinoa, to kids favorite snack!

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.  Muffin tins are such a great kitchen tool to use to make all sorts of different things.  Sweet and savory, they make a perfect portion for kids, or for adults too!  We use mini muffin tins for more decadent foods like these quinoa dessert bites, and the regular muffin tins for things like Breakfast Egg Cups.  Place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.  Once they are baked, allow to cool and dip in chocolate.

Quinoa Dessert Bites. From cooked quinoa, to kids favorite snack!

These make the perfect size treat for a little mouth, but are delicious enough to eat two!  We love to be able to have snacks like these on hand those hectic times when you don’t have a lot of time to whip something up.  Packing lunches in the morning and right after school are both times that are a little crazier and so doing a little meal prep makes your life so much less stressful when it comes to healthy food!

FOOD - Quinoa Dessert Bites. From cooked quinoa, to kids favorite snack!

Quinoa Dessert Bites Recipe

Serves: 24
  • Nutrition per serving   % daily value
  • Calories: 55 3%
  • Fat: 2 g 3%
  • Carb: 7 g 2%
  • Fiber: 1 g 4%
  • Protein: 1 g 2%
  • Sugar: 2 g


  • 1 cup – Quinoa, cooked
  • 1 cup – oats, dry
  • 1/2 teaspoon – cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon – salt
  • 2 tablespoon – brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup, quartered or chopped – apple
  • 1/2 cup – coconut flakes
  • 2 large – egg
  • 1/2 cup – baking chocolate, unsweetened, squares


  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.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 55 3%
  • Fat: 2 g 3%
  • Carb: 7 g 2%
  • Fiber: 1 g 4%
  • Protein: 1 g 2%
  • Sugar: 2 g
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Natalie Monson

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Kelli Sayre says:

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 says:

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

Heather says:

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?

Michelle says:

You could try orange juice or water with orange zest

Joany says:

I always cook it with CINNAMON sticks and orange zest.

Kristy says:

What could be substituted for coconut? My son doesn’t like. Thanks

Puja says:

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

Nicole says:

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

Jess Despres says:

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 says:

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!

Marianne says:

These look amazing!
How well would these hold up if they were baked in a pan and cut into bars when still warm?

Marianne says:

These look amazing!
How well would these hold up if they were baked in a pan and cut into bars when still warm?

Kerry says:

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

Mandy Tirado says:

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.

kim says:

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 🙂

Sara says:

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.

Tamara says:

I’ll have to agree with you. Not much flavor, and they did fall apart easily making them not fun to eat. Neither of my children (or hubby) liked these. 🙁

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?

Natalie Monson says:

Hi Justin. We don’t use stevia very often, but I think it would substitute just great. I’m not sure the ratio you would want to use though.

lee says:

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!!

Jeannie says:

You buy the quinoa in a dry form like rice or couscous, you then boil almost equal parts water to quinoa, so I use 1 1/4 cups of water to 1 cup of quinoa.. for this use only water, but if you wanted to make it tasty for supper, you could add chicken stock in equal amounts as water then you have a quinoa that substitutes say rice or couscous for a grain for your meal.. cook lots and eat for a few days keep refrigerated after its cooked.. its a protein and a grain. I love this grain. good luck.

Katy says:

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

These look so good. I cook with quinoa all the time but have never baked with it. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sharon says:

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.

HighEnergy_jana says:

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!!!!

Natalie Monson says:

All the recipes we add to our membership site has the calories, fat, carbs, fiber, and sugar. You can see more details here:
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Nichole says:

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

Natalie says:

We analyze all of our meal plan recipes for nutrition data! You can check out our meal plans here:

Lorna says:

Is the fruit dried?

Julie says:

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 says:

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!

Highenergy_jana says:

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.

Natalie says:

I used regular rolled oats, but you can definitely use instant if it was a problem for you 🙂

Jodie says:

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

sarah says:

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!

Natalie says:

No – my apples were fresh 🙂

Natalie says:

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.

Natalie says:

I’m sure they would work out just fine that way.

Marianne says:

Thanks for responding! 🙂

Natalie says:

We stored ours in the refrigerator which I think helped them from drying out.

Christine says:

Is it a more crunchy texture or chewy bc mine were chewy I cooked them for 20 minutes. Just wondering taste was good just expected a cruchier texter.

Natalie Monson says:

Ours were more on the chewy side than crunchy 🙂

rochelle haynes says:

This looks good like to try this

Stephanie says:

Made these tonight, I doubled the cinnamon and added half a mashed banana (along with the cup of apple and coconut). I still wasn’t sure they would hold together so I added a TB of PB-why not! These stayed together great, I’ll drizzle the chocolate tomorrow. 🙂

Marsha says:

Delish! I love this recipe. I omitted the sugar and added one mashed banana and about 1/4 cup of mashed, soaked prunes. For the fruit I added 1/2 cup juice sweetened cranberries and 1/2 cup coconut. The texture was perfect!

Jenn says:

These look great, but my celiac daughter can’t tolerate even pure oats. I am going to try them with pure quinoa flakes (instead of cooked quinoa), and maybe some add-ins like the mashed banana some people are mentioning. Fingers crossed they work out. I’d be interested to hear if anyone else has tried something similar and how it went.

Caroline says:

Could these be frozen?

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