Saturday, March 9, 2013

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Trail Mix Balls

I have to admit, these things are AHHHMAZING! I make them at least once a month and try to have some in the fridge or freezer at all times. They are perfect for pre or post workout. They give you just the right amount of energy. You can make them into any sized balls, I make some small for when I want a snack and I make some bigger for when I need something pre-workout. And then sometimes I just eat them, because theyre just that good. You can add in/replace/leave out things that you dont like. I make them slightly different everytime. But heres the general recipe, I tend to make a double batch because we go through them so quickly.

1 cup old fashioned or quick-cooking oats, dry
1/4 cup quinoa, dry + 3/4 cup water
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup dried cherries, raisins or cranberries(or all three!)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp peanut butter
1/3 cup honey

Combine the quinoa and water in a small saucepot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 12 minutes, until quinoa has absorbed all the liquid. Fluff and scoop quinoa into a large mixing bowl.
Add sunflower seeds, oats, dried cherries and coconut to quinoa and mix well. Bring honey to a simmer on the stove then stir in the vanilla extract and pour on top of nuts and seeds. Mix until well combined.
Let mixture cool before adding the chocolate chips, peanut butter and sea salt. Mix well with your hands so the peanut butter is evenly dispersed but be careful not to melt the chocolate chips! Chill dough in fridge for an hour.
Using wet hands, gently roll mixture into golf ball-sized balls (you have to kind of squeeze them so that they all stick together) Place balls on a plate and chill for at least two hours until firm.
2 1/2 hours (includes time to chill)

Optional Add Ins:
 vanilla or chocolate protein powder
carob nibs
chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, or any other nut of your fancy
flax seed
pumpkin seeds
anything else you might have in your pantry

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