Typically I don’t spend too much time in the kitchen, but when one of my clients mentioned this recipe to me, I got out my apron & headed straight to the kitchen. These bites make for a perfect, healthy, mid-afternoon snack. Minimal ingredients needed, throw in a bowl, mix, bake & enjoy!
But wait, what the heck is quinoa anyways?
Quinoa, (pronounced [keen-wah]), is most commonly considered a grain, but actually a relative to leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard. Quinoa has a protein content that is superior to that of most grains because it contains all essential amino acids. In particular, quinoa is high in lysine, an amino acid important for tissue growth & repair. It is also a good source of manganese, magnesium, phosphorus & copper. In addition, quinoa has a high iron content.
Enough talk, let’s get cookin’…
What you need:
2 Cups of Cooked Quinoa
1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter
3 Tbsp honey
1/4 Tsp Salt
3/4 Cup of Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup Unsweetened, Shredded Coconut (personally not a fan of coconut so I left this ingredient out)
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries (could do raisins too)
What to do:
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.
Combine quinoa, peanut butter, honey, salt, and oats into large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer or spoon &mix well. Stir in coconut & cranberries (and/or raisins). Scoop and mold dough into round, tablespoon-sized balls.
Place balls on baking sheets and bake for approximately 20 minutes, until bottoms are nicely browned.
Allow to cool, then enjoy!