I’ve admittedly been spending less time in the kitchen these days, but I am still obsessed with making ‘healthy bites’ and using superfood ingredients.
Today I am sharing my newest go-to recipe for healthy ‘cacao’ bites. I’ve been making these on repeat and they are a hit! We take these portable, nutrient-packed snacks everywhere!
They are also a great snack for shifts at the hospital, and I sometimes sneak a few during my commute!
What you need:
Stove Top Pan
Bowl & spoon
Parchment Paper / Aluminum Foil
Cutting board & knife
1 cup cooked Quinoa
*if you’re starting with dry quinoa, prepare 1/3 cup dry quinoa (see below)
1/2 cup almonds. I like raw, unblanched.
2/3 cup powdered peanut butter (+ mix with 1/3 cup water)
*can also substitute 1/3 cup of any nut butter you already have.
1/3 cup cacao nibs
Small pinch of sea salt
8-10 dates, pitted and chopped
Prepare the quinoa. Use the directions on the package for best results. Basic cooking instructions: add 1/3 cup of dried quinoa and 2/3 cup of water to a pan and heat to boiling. (Quinoa increases 3x in size as it cooks, so you’ll end up with 1 cup.)
Cover and reduce heat to simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the water has fully absorbed. Keep checking the quinoa after the 12-minute mark so it doesn’t burn.
While the Quinoa is simmering, combine powdered peanut butter and water in a small bowl. Mix well. The consistency should be similar to regular peanut butter when fully combined. If it’s too thin, add a touch more powder. If it’s too thick, add a more water. Set aside.
Chop almonds in a food processor until they are small, evenly sized pieces. I like to use the ‘pulse function’ to get them broken up.
Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Set aside.
Next, add the dates, peanut butter, cacao nibs, cooked quinoa, and a pinch of sea salt to the food processor. Mix well.
You may need to occasionally scrape down the sides of the food processor to ensure all ingredients are combined.
Once you have a well-formed ‘ball’ of ingredients, turn off and unplug the food processor. This is super important before reaching your hands in!
Next, scoop a generous tablespoon of the mixture into your hands and roll into a ball.
Ideal bite-size is around 1″ in diameter and will yield about 16-20 bites. If you want ’em bigger, go for it! A 2″ diameter will yield about 10-12 bites.
*Flavor option: If you are looking for more flavors or to switch things up, try rolling the bites in unsweetened coconut flakes or in powdered peanut butter for additional flavor. You’ll want to do this step after they are formed, but before placing them on a cookie sheet.
Evenly space the bites onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate for 1 hour.
After an hour, your superfood bites have firmed enough to eat. Store any extra balls in a glass or tupperware type container. They are good for up to a week in the fridge.
Enjoy these healthy, low-sugar superfood bites anytime!!
Give this recipe a try today. If you’ve got a great topping idea or mix-in you swear by, I’d love to hear about it in the comments! Stay well!