Quinoa Snack Balls

Quinoa Snack Balls

I have been looking for a snack ball recipe for a while that would be suitable for the kids to take to school in their lunch boxes. Most energy ball type recipes have peanut butter in them, which rules them out as both school and kinder have a nut free policy.

Then I came across this recipe on a great blog, Eat, Live, Run. It to contained peanut butter in the ingredients, but in a small enough quantity that I thought I would be able to make the recipe work without adding it.

I actually made a number of other changes to the recipe based on the kids’ preferences and ingredients on hand and they worked out super well. They are easy to make but they do take some time as you have to let the mixture chill in the fridge a couple of times through out the process.

I store the Quinoa Snack Balls in the freezer and just take them out in the morning and add to the lunch boxes, so next time I make them I will double the quantities (this batch made 14 but myself and some of the kids did taste quite a bit of the mixture along the way!)

If you are after some more info about quinoa, you can check out this resource Well Being Secrets – 27 science-backed health benefits of quinoa. 

Quinoa Snack Balls

Quinoa Balls
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup linseed (flaxseed)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup pepita
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100mls honey

Method:
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1. Thoroughly rinse quinoa.

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2. Add quinoa to a saucepan with water and bring to the boil.

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3. Once boiling reduce the heat to a simmer. Stir occasionally and simmer until the liquid has been absorbed.

Quinoa Balls
4. Pour quinoa into a large mixing bowl.

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5. To the quinoa add oats, linseed, desiccated coconut and pepitas and mix until well combined.

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6. Pour honey into a saucepan and bring it to a simmer.

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7. Add in the vanilla extract and stir and pour on top of nuts and seeds. Mix until well combined.

Quinoa Balls
8. Pour the honey mix onto the oats and seeds and mix thoroughly.

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9. Before adding the choc chips the mixture needs to cool so the choc chips don’t melt. I placed mine in the fridge for 15 minutes. I also chopped up my chocolate chips so the chunks were smaller.

Quinoa Balls
10. Add the chocolate chips, mix gently and chill the mixture for a further hour in the fridge.

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11. When I looked at my mixture I thought there would be no way I could turn them into balls, but by using wet hands as recommended and giving the mixture a good squeeze into shape, the balls did indeed form.

Quinoa Balls
12. Once all the balls are made they need to be chilled for at least a couple of hours before they are ready. Alternatively if you are not going to eat them straight away you can pack them into a freezer container and pop them straight into the freezer. Then just get them out as you need them.

Quinoa Balls

Quinoa Snack Balls
 
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Recipe type: lunch box
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup oats
  • ¼ cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup linseed (flaxseed)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup pepita
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 mls honey
Method:
  1. Thoroughly rinse quinoa.
  2. Add quinoa to a saucepan with water and bring to the boil.
  3. Once boiling reduce the heat to a simmer. Stir occasionally and simmer until the liquid has been absorbed.
  4. Pour quinoa into a large mixing bowl.
  5. To the quinoa add oats, linseed, desiccated coconut and pepitas and mix until well combined.
  6. Pour honey into a saucepan and bring it to a simmer.
  7. Add in the vanilla extract and stir and pour on top of nuts and seeds. Mix until well combined.
  8. Pour the honey mix onto the oats and seeds and mix thoroughly.
  9. Before adding the choc chips the mixture needs to cool so the choc chips don't melt. I placed mine in the fridge for 15 minutes. I also chopped up my chocolate chips so the chunks were smaller.
  10. Add the chocolate chips, mix gently and chill the mixture for a further hour in the fridge.
  11. When I looked at my mixture I thought there would be no way I could turn them into balls, but by using wet hands as recommended and giving the mixture a good squeeze into shape, the balls did indeed form.
  12. Once all the balls are made they need to be chilled for at least a couple of hours before they are ready. Alternatively if you are not going to eat them straight away you can pack them into a freezer container and pop them straight into the freezer. Then just get them out as you need them.

Our Family Menu Plan For This Week.

No menu plan to share this week as I am having a week where I am going to try and use everything in the freezer and pantry to run down stocks. Buying meat monthly and storing it in the freezer, not matter how well I organise it, I find there are always those items that are at the bottom that need to be used up!

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Comments

  1. Julie says

    Hi, this looks like a great recipe, but may I ask, what is quinoa and pepita? I have heard of quinoa, but never used it, but never of pepita. Thanks

  2. Theresa says

    You are a legend I love your blog! Especially all the good new food posts- smoothies- just had to show hubby your latest recipe- I have all those ingredients- will make ASAP, thank U so much!!!!

  3. deanna says

    Going to try this one.I am over the buying of muesli bars. Would you be able to make them into different shapes? The little ones do not always like the balls like my older ones

    • says

      I am eating one of these balls just as I write this! I think you could make them into other shapes, but you would need to adjust the mixture slightly (perhaps add more quinoa) or even bake it so it stays together.

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  4. says

    i think this will be next weeks snack idea. Loving the lemon and poppyseed biscuits, have done them twice now. this wee was with orange instead of lemon though and still very yummy

  5. Mai says

    I made these for the school lunch boxes, and boy, were they a hit!! They are delicious and easy. And introduced me to quinoa! Yum. Thanks!

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