Have you heard of puffed quinoa? I recently discovered it and nearly leaped 5 feet in the air from excitement. I ordered them and had to make these puffed quinoa protein balls right away! I've haven't been able to find puffed quinoa at any store for purchase so I just bought it on amazon. It comes in a 1.5lbs bag which has about 20 cups of puffed quinoa. You can even make puffed quinoa at home but I haven't tried that yet. Puffed quinoa isn't crunchy but more on the softer side. It's a great healthy addition to any muffin, cake, waffle, or snack recipe. #1 even likes eating it as cereal with almond milk. Never realized that it could be that easy to get kids to eat quinoa.
I've always kept my distance a bit when it came to making no-bake bites or protein ball recipes. I was also slightly turned off by recipes with dates. However, after experimenting with it, I realized how easy they are and that the possibilities are endless. Even though I still wouldn't eat dates by themselves, or any dried fruit for that matter, I find that these protein-balls don't actually taste "date-like". I also didn't use Medjool dates that are often used since A- I couldn't find them right away and B- they are sometimes just far too sweet. So I just used your regular typical dates you can find at any store.
So these are super simple and all you have to do is place everything in a food processor and pulse . Adding protein powder too adds an even bigger protein punch making these perfect after or before your workout. Good thing they only take about 5 minutes to make since I've been crazy busy lately. I haven't even had time to get redo my nails (see picture below!!). I kept these in the fridge and #1 kept coming back to them asking if he could have another. He thought they were some chocolate candy balls. Fine by me! Hubbs thought they looked like balls of poop...I see the resemblance but that's definitely not what they taste like :D
Puffed Quinoa Protein Balls
- 8 dates pitted
- 2 teaspoons Cocoa Powder
- 4 teaspoons Maple Syrup
- 6 tablespoons Puffed Quinoa
- 4 teaspoons unsweetened Protein Powder
Place all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until they are well combined.
Roll into teaspoon sized balls or use a cookie scoop.
Can be eaten right away or chilled in the refrigerator for 30 minutes first.
I personally prefer these puffed quinoa protein ball refrigerated and as small teaspoon-size balls that I can pop into my mouth as a quick protein boost! They will even stay fresh in the fridge for 4 days or frozen in the freezer for longer.
Having trouble finding some of the ingredients? Here are the ones I used: