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Quinoa-Peanut Butter & Nutella Energy Bites

Updated on October 8, 2012

Quinoa peanut butter energy bites

Kid friendly and healthy energy bites
Kid friendly and healthy energy bites

An easy, healthier version of the peanut butter energy bite

I have been seeing all sorts of "energy bite" recipes on the internet lately. I finally decided to try one of the them. I am always struggling with getting my children to eat healthy things and these all seemed pretty healthy. I found that I did not have flaxseed in the house though, which most of the bite recipes called for. I decided to try my own recipe adding quinoa instead for an extra healthy boost. Quinoa is closely related to the beet even though it is treated like a grain and cooked similar to couscous or rice. I ground the uncooked quinoa in my coffee grinder until it was a fine powder, like flour, and added it to this recipe.

The honey I use is local to my area, I would suggest finding a honey that is from somewhere near you so that the pollen will be benenficial in fighting seasonal allergies. I do not have definitive proof that it works myself, but my husband swears his allergies are not nearly as bad as they were last year when we were not using honey. I do try to use honey in a variety of ways for my family and replace sugar with it a lot when baking. The kids even love honey on toast, I personally think it is great on peanut butter toast. I love the combination of peanut butter and honey, and thought my family might enjoy these bites.

So far, I have made three batches of the peanut butter balls, varying ingredients slightly each time, and have decided this is about the perfect ratio of wet to dry ingredients. My children are going absolutely bananas over these things and I cannot keep them in the house. I might just have to try adding bananas to this mixture somehow in the future. They have had the bites for breakfast and snack the past three days. I hope you enjoy my version of energy bites with quinoa and Nutella as much as my family did!

Everything you need to make the bites
Everything you need to make the bites
quick oats and ground up quinoa
quick oats and ground up quinoa

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup ground quinoa
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips, I used milk chocolate chips, but it is your choice
Once all the ingredients are blended together, chill the mix for a half hour in the fridge
Once all the ingredients are blended together, chill the mix for a half hour in the fridge

This is quick and easy to throw together

  1. First grind the quinoa until it is fine, like flour. I used my small electric coffee grinder for about a minute.
  2. Mix the quick oats and quinoa together in a large bowl.
  3. Melt the peanut butter and Nutella so they mix easier, add this to the oat and quinoa mixture.
  4. Warm the honey to make it easier to mix and add to the mixture.
  5. Finally, add your chocolate chips. Allow the mixture to set up in the refrigerator for about a half hour, then form into 1 inch balls and enjoy!
delicious quinoa, peanut butter, Nutella balls
delicious quinoa, peanut butter, Nutella balls

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Sounds quick to make and yummy! The pictures look mouth-watering! The instructions are detailed. I will give this tasty recipe a try.

      Thanks for Sharing. Useful & Interesting. Voted up.

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Great idea! Quinoa is turning out to be very versatile.

      I didn´t know locally produced honey could help with allergies. Fortunately I don´t suffer from them but it is good to know.

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      I've heard of Quinoa but didn't know was it was. It appears very healthy and ideal for vegetarian and vegan diets. Thanks for writing this hub, the pictures looks great!

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      Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      I am turning out to love quinoa! I bought mine at Costco and have used it different ways. I like grinding it up to make it like flour. These energy balls are so tasty and even more filling with the quinoa! I hope you enjoy them!

      And claudiatello, honey is indeed great for allergies, especially (maybe exclusively, I don't know much about them) seasonal, hay fever types. My husband came down with allergies about 2 seasons ago and is having a hard time when anyone on the block is cutting the lawn. He says it is better this year and I have to agree. He has not been so debilitated like he was last year. Plus, I love honey in or on almost anything. My kids love dipping grilled brats it, as do I. Hope you enjoy these.

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      Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      these are super fast. we ran out at resting time yesterday (I babysit for a few kids too sometimes) and I had another batch ready for snack time after school. I really can't keep them in the house, the kids keep asking for more balls!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I did buy some Quinoa once and made it with spices and some added veggies. It was good. This recipe is one that I am going to try as it is a "sweets" version. Thanks for sharing.

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      Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      the thing I am really liking about quinoa is that it takes on any flavor you add to it! It is super versatile and so healthy for you. I started looking into making it into flour and the easiest thing to do is grind it up.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I'm thrilled to have this recipe as we have plenty of quinoa here in Peru and I love healthy recipes. Thanks so much! Will definitely try it this week.

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      Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      These have become my kids' favorite snack! They are so easy to make and so versatile, you can make these into your own with just a few ingredients. I can't keep them in the house when I make them. hope you enjoy!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      OH my goodness.. these sound amazing! Thank you for sharing this :)

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      Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      These are really delicious, I hope you enjoy them! thank you for checking out my recipe!

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      Eddie4545 4 years ago

      Careful, 2530 calories and 140.5 grams of fat for this. Even if you get 30 balls that is 85 cals and 4.5 grams fat each!!

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