These Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Snack Balls make an easy make-ahead healthy snack!
It’s pumpkin time! I always look forward to this time of year. I love everything about fall, but I especially love all the pumpkin spice foods. These Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Snack Balls combine lovely pumpkin spice with quinoa for a perfect snacking package. They are healthy, yet don’t disappoint in the taste department.
I drew inspiration for these from my Quinoa Peanut Butter Snack Balls. I love quinoa because it’s got that plant-based-complete-protein thing going on. I switched out the peanut butter and added canned pumpkin+almond butter+allll the right spices. I wanted to add more texture than my original recipe, so I included some chopped almonds, pumpkin seeds, and chocolate chips.
The add-ins really made the texture perfect. The quinoa portion is soft and then you get some crunch from the nuts and seeds. Then you bite into a chocolate chip and realize these are, indeed, the perfect snack ball recipe ever!
I initially added the chocolate chips for the benefit of my kids who love anything with chocolate chips, but in the end realized it was brilliant. It adds just the right amount of chocolate sweetness in all the right places. It makes your snack feel just enough like a treat.
I can’t really think of a more perfect fall snack. If you haven’t tried quinoa transformed into a snack, you need to try this recipe!
- ¾ cup dry quinoa, rinsed well
- 1½ cups water
- ¼ cup canned pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon almond butter
- ¼ cup honey
- 1½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and white pepper)
- ¼ cup whole almonds, chopped
- ¼ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- Bring the quinoa and water to a boil.
- Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the liquid is absorbed, about 12 minutes.
- Allow the cooked quinoa to cool, and then put it in a large bowl.
- Add the pumpkin, almond butter, honey, and pumpkin pie spice to the cooked quinoa and combine well.
- Stir in the almonds, pepitas, and chocolate chips.
- Roll the mixture into balls (about 1½ inches) and place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Place the baking sheet in the freezer and allow the balls to firm up for 30 minutes.
- Store the balls in the refrigerator.
- Enjoy! *Note: "cook time" is actually "chill time" in this recipe.
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