These energy bits might be my easiest and maybe tastiest yet. This protein powerhouse of a snack is bursting with flavor, tasting like a guilt-free version of a cookie and is great before or after a hard workout when you need a little snack on the go.
I have been wanting to make a quinoa energy bite for so long, but never did. So when I had extra quinoa cooked after a casserole and wanted to make energy bites, well hello perfect timing!
Knowing I needed something to stick together these awesome bits and using my past energy-bite-building experience, I grabbed peanut butter and agave, a perfect mix of binding and salty-sweet. Quinoa itself doesn’t have a lot of flavor, but it’s chewy and filling, so I would have to impart flavor. Wanting to keep things simple, I added cinnamon and some flax for good measure and a bulking agent, and to add more fiber and protein and other nutrients. I needed just one more thing and figured dried fruit would add some color and texture. Any dried fruit will work here. I used dried plums, cutting them to the size of raisins.
Since the quinoa was already cooked (which only takes about 15-20 minutes on its own) the work was very minimal, Mix everything into a bowl. That is it! So, when you find yourself with some extra quinoa, I strongly encourage giving these bites a try!
Easiest quinoa energy bites
Makes about 8 golf-ball sized bites
- 3/4 cup quinoa, cooked
- 1/4 cup nut butter
- 1 tablespoon agave
- 3 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup dried fruit of your choice, the size of a raisin
- Cook quinoa, if needed. Let cool.
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Roll 8 energy bites about the size of a golf ball.
- Put into the freezer until set. Then place in the refrigerator until ready to eat.