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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


  • 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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