Easiest quinoa energy bites

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Easiest quinoa energy bites

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Cook quinoa, if needed. Let cool.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Roll 8 energy bites about the size of a golf ball.
  4. Put into the freezer until set. Then place in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

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