No-Bake One Bowl Peanut Butter Quinoa Balls

A healthier version of the classic no-bake cookies, using quinoa instead of flour. Vegan, gluten-free, and no refined sugar. So can satisfy your sweet tooth while your treat your inside with care, and not have the guilt. Without the sticks of butter and with lots of other fun healthy ingredients thrown in. And they’re perfect for breakfast, snacks, or even as we all agreed — dessert!
So no excuse why can’t have a healthy treat keep them in the fridge for snacks and breakfasts-on-the-run, or post work out treat instead of all the process stuff from protein powder.

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Ingredients
3 cups cooked and cooled quinoa (from about 1 cup uncooked quinoa)
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup chopped mixed nuts
1/3 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
mini dark chocolate chips/ cocoa nibs (optional)

Some other fun substitutions for the chocolate chips (or an addition to them) could include:

chopped dried fruit (apricots, dates, raisins, etc.)
dried berries (cranberries, cherries, etc.)
chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, or sunflower seeds
other chips (butterscotch, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, M&Ms, etc.)

Directions
Combine all in a bowl and use an ice cream/ cookie scooper/ spoons to form balls. Place in fridge to let them firm up

Benefits:
Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants and can even help regulate levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.
Quinoa is food of high protein quality and is typically regarded as an adequate source of all essential amino acids. Only 172 calories per 1/4 cup dry (24 of the calories from protein and only 12 from sugars, the rest are complex carbohydrates, fiber and healthy fats).

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