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Chocolate + Tahini Quinoa Energy Bites

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

Dark Chocolate + Tahini Quinoa Energy Bites -- healthy, easy and perfect for on-the-go | recipe on simplyquinoa.com

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Chocolate + tahini + quinoa. In an energy bite?

Yes, it sounds a little crazy, but just stick with me. I promise, these little balls of chocolatey goodness are seriously delicious.

The inspiration for these little quinoa energy bites came when I was browsing the nut butter aisle of Whole Foods (read staring in paralysis because I want this to be my pantry), and I spotted something interesting: black tahini.

Black tahini! The perfect complement to dark chocolate, especially in no-bake quinoa energy bites | recipe on simplyquinoa.com

Obviously since I’m obsessed with tahini, I had to get it. And granted, I was also just curious because ummm what the heck does black tahini taste like!?

Let me tell you: it sat in my cupboard for a good week before I dared open it.

I mean this stuff is a totally crazy color, and since more often than not tahini finds its way into my salad dressings, I was a little scared to try it. Creamy black salad dressing? Not really sure how I feel about that…

But finally I cracked it open, and guess what I found inside? Instead of the sort of nutty, kind of mild taste of tahini, black tahini has a very pronounced sesame flavor and is much thinner than the tahini I’ve seen in the past. It’s creamy, smooth and definitely on the savory side. But dang it sure does taste good!

If it wasn’t this crazy color, I’d want to smother it all over a cold sesame noodle salad. Mmmhmmm! (and p.s. I still might totally do it…don't put it past me)

5-Ingredient Quinoa Energy Bites with Chocolate + Tahini | recipe on simplyquinoa.com

I was contemplating what to make, tried salad dressing and yes delish but the color is insane. Then I thought about what other ingredients were dark. CHOCOLATE!

I had run out of my latest batch of energy bites, so it just kind of made sense. I’d make them on the sweeter side (more dates please!) and use the black tahini instead of my traditional nut/seed butter. Then for the quinoa aspect, instead of quinoa crispies which I know a lot of you have trouble finding, I went with toasted quinoa. Remember that stuff that I added to my salads all the time this summer?

Yep. You guys these energy bites totally work. They’re sweet and full of dark chocolate flavor, but with an unexpected hint of savory nuttiness. Plus, there’s a little crunch from the toasted quinoa.

Dark Chocolate Quinoa Energy Bites with tahini! They're AMAZING and easy, only 5 ingredients | gluten-free + vegan | recipe on simplyquinoa.com

What I think you’ll also really love about these bites is…

  1. they only require 5 ingredients
  2. they don’t have to be refrigerated

Lots of energy bites lose their shape when they’re kept at room temperature because they use coconut oil, but not these bad boys! They're only 5 super simple ingredients and I actually think they’re better at room temp. Sooo that means they’re the perfect on-the-go snack or treat.

Pop them in your workout bag, your purse or in your glove box (what, you don’t keep chocolate in your glove box?) – they’re a great pick-me-up energy boost that taste pretty freakin’ great too.

Enjoy my chocolate-loving who isn’t afraid of munchin’ a little outside the box 😉

xx Alyssa

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5-Ingredient Chocolate + Tahini Quinoa Energy Bites

These energy bites are sweet and full of dark chocolate flavor, but with an unexpected hint of savory nuttiness.

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword energy bites
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 18 balls
Calories 67 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add pecans (or nuts of choice) into a food processor. Pulse a few times to chop them up.
  2. Remove the pits from the dates and add them to the food processor. Process until dates have broken down and mixture is fully combined. Add cacao powder and tahini and process until the ingredients start to come together to form a dough. Pulse in the toasted quinoa.
  3. Using a small cookie scoop or spoon, shape the dough into small balls using your hand. (You might have to squeeze them together a few times to really incorporate the ingredients)
  4. Store at room temp for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Facts
5-Ingredient Chocolate + Tahini Quinoa Energy Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 67 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Potassium 106mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.2%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 1.3%
Iron 2.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Other Energy Bite Recipes to try:

Healthy energy bite recipes | found on simplyquinoa.com

Snickerdoodle Energy Bites (Simply Quinoa)
Super Food Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites (Simply Quinoa)
No-Bake Energy Bites (Gimme Some Oven)
Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites (Paleo Grubs)

 

Want to try black tahini? Here's the one that I bought!

Black Tahini - used in a healthy chocolate quinoa energy bite recipeOrganic Black Tahini

If you're interested in trying black tahini, I highly recommend this one. It's got a wonderful sesame flavor, is organic and has only one ingredient: organic hulled black sesame seeds. You're going to love it!

 

 

 

 

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  1. Curd ( yogurt) Quinoa

    Ingredients

    Queens Quinoa:1 cup

    Water: 2 cup

    Peanuts: =1/4 cup

    Butter/Ghee: 1 tbsp

    Cumin Seeds ( Zeera) : ½ tea spoon

    Mustard Seeds (Rai) : ½ tea spoon

    Dry red Chilly: 2

    Curry leaves: 3-4

    Chana dal( Bengal gram) : ½ tea spoon

    Dhuli Urad dal (black gram) : ½ tea spoon

    Ginger finely chopped: ½ tea spoon

    Curd (thick): 1 cup

    Finely chopped Cucumber: ½ cup

    Coriander leaves: 1 table spoon

    Salt to taste. Cooking oil, 1 tea spoon

    Recipe

    Rinse the quinoa: Measure 1 cup of quinoa and place into a fine-mesh
    strainer. Toast quinoa in saucepan (optional): . Add 2 cups of water
    or broth and the salt. Bring quinoa and liquid to a boil in a medium
    saucepan. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until tender and most of
    the liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

    Heat oil in a pan

    Saute peanuts,

    For tadka

    Add Ghee/ butter

    Add Cumin Seeds, Mustard seeds,

    Broken red chillies, curry leaves, mix it properly

    Add chana dal and urad dal, mix it well

    Add finely chopped ginger, keep stirring it till the dal becomes golden brown in color

    Bring it down from the stove, let it cool for a while

    Put cooked quinoa in a bowl,

    Whisk the curd to make it smooth and creamy

    Add curd to Quinoa, put roasted peanuts, add finely chopped cucumber, put tadka in it, put some finelt chopped coriander

    Quinoa curd is ready to be served

    for more please visirt : http://www.queensquinoa.com

  2. Would it be difficult to post nutrition information for your recipes? I LOVE them and am trying to track my food intake by calories, fiber, fat, etc.

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