Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Recipe of the Week: Quinoa No-Bakes

i was inspired to try my hand at quinoa no-bakes after trying quinoa cookies at a new restaurant that opened up in the area. i fell in love with them. they tasted like classic no bake cookies but with protein packed quinoa and other trail mix type ingredients.

i made my version with high nutrient values in mind (hence the quinoa, flax and chia seeds). the texture of the cookie will hold all the ingredients together, but keep in mind they do crumble easily. my sister said they reminded her of the hot breakfast cereal cocoa wheats (throw back!), and brandon told me he liked these better than the restaurant's version i brought home (score one for team alicia).

either way, i think they're delicious, and a healthy way to satisfy a sweet craving (yes, there's both peanut butter and dark chocolate in them)!

quinoa no-bakes

calories per serving: 104
carbs per serving: 12
fat per serving: 5
protein per serving: 3
makes roughly 24 no-bakes

You can find this recipe on My Fitness Pal! Just search: Quinoa No-Bakes


  • 1 cup dry quinoa (cooked with 1.5 cups water)
  • ½ cup gluten free quick oats (cooked with 1 cup water, 2-3 minutes in microwave)
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chunks
  • 24 almonds (roughly ¼ cup)
  • ½ cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ⅓ cup sweetened coconut flakes

heads up!
this recipe will save you frantic rushing around if you do all the prep work first!!! heed my warning and cook the quinoa and oatmeal before you start to do anything else.

prep work:

  • cook 1 cup dry quinoa (roughly 1.5 cups water to cook adequately) in a pot. make sure there is no excess water in the pot! when your quinoa is cooked through, add the ground flax and chia seeds and mix well!
  • cook 1/2 cup dry gluten free oats with about 1 cup water. i cooked mine in the microwave for 2-3 (watch it so it doesn't explode), but you can use the stove if you've got enough space.

remaining instructions:
  • take the dried cranberries, chocolate chunks and almonds and chop them in a food processor. you want them to be ground pretty finely, and what should happen is that they combine into little chocolate type clusters.
  • when your quinoa-flax-chia mixture and oatmeal is well and cooked, combine both in a large mixing bowl. add in the ingredients from the food processor. mix well!
  • in the final mixing step, add in the 1/2 cup peanut butter and the vanilla extract. if the peanut butter is too solid/thick to mix, heat it up on the stove for a few seconds until it's more fluid. mix all the ingredients really, really, really well - until everything is combined as evenly as possible.
  • drop no-bakes by spoonfuls into cookie type shapes, or roll little balls into your hands, onto a lined cookie sheet. allow no-bakes to set for at least 1/2 hour. i waited 1/2 hour, and then put them into the freezer for 10-15 minutes. this gets them to harden up pretty quickly!

once your no-bakes have had time to set, you can enjoy as many as you want. store the rest in an air tight container and keep fresh in your fridge (they will stay good for 2-3 days stored outside of the fridge). make sure to eat within a few days!

eat now, or enjoy later! these babies are packed with
healthy omegas!

have you tried quinoa no-bakes before, or some other "healthy" no-bake adventure? i find they're pretty good snacks when i'm looking for an energy boost that cures a sweet craving!


  1. I've never tried quinoa anything but these look great! :) I think you did a great job of making them healthy yet still super tasty. And chocolate + peanut butter... perfect. :)

  2. Thank you! I've heard of quinoa flakes too - which could be interesting to bake with.

  3. I make a baked quinoa fuel bar that has a lot of these same ingredients... except it has egg. :) Need to try a no bake version! They look delish!

  4. I'll have to check your version out! Would have more protein w/ egg!


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