It’s been a hot minute since I brought one of my old recipes out the archives and into the spotlight. I couldn’t let these Quinoa Peanut Butter Snack Balls be buried any longer. You need this healthy snack recipe in your life.
You only need five simple ingredients that you probably have hanging out in your pantry and these come together in a snap. Quinoa is the base of these little snack balls, giving them a great protein boost. Each ball is just 36 calories with almost 1.5 grams of protein and less than 1 gram of sugar.
These are perfect for when you need just a little something to tide you over before your next meal. I think the best part about these for me, though, is that they get my kids to eat quinoa. For whatever reason, my kids are not big quinoa fans. It isn’t from lack of exposure as I’ve been trying to get both of them to eat it since they were barely able to walk. It’s been the same reaction from them both. “I don’t like keeeeeeen-wah.” Oh, really? How about a peanut butter ball? “Yummmmmy!”
These are a naturally gluten-free and vegan snack. If you need them to be nut-free, substitute sunflower seed butter or soy butter for the peanut butter. They are very lightly sweet with a strong peanut butter flavor. I added some blackstrap molasses for a nutritional boost, but it’s optional so if you don’t have it, go ahead and make these without it.
These are perfect for back-to-school snacks. You can add them to your child’s lunch or save them for after school snacking. I hope you love them!
Quinoa Peanut Butter Snack Balls
Quinoa is the star of these naturally gluten-free and vegan snack balls. They boast almost 1.5 grams of protein with only 36 calories each and less than 1 gram of sugar.
Makes 20 balls
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed well
1 cup water
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon blackstrap molasses
pinch of sea salt
In a small saucepan, combine the quinoa and water. Bring it to a boil, stir once, and cover the pot. Reduce the heat a bit and allow to simmer until all the water is absorbed, about 10-15 minutes.
Once the quinoa is cooked, allow it to cool a bit. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well. Form the mixture into 1″ balls and place them onto a tray or plate. Place them in the freezer for about 30 minutes to firm. Keep stored in the refrigerator. Enjoy!