Quinoa Brownie Truffles

I’ve been on a quinoa kick lately. It seems as if it goes in everything. There are quinoa cookbooks and blogs with everything from salads to granola, cookies to ice cream.

Quinoa Brownie Truffles

Quinoa Brownie Truffles

1/3 cup dried dates, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes

½ cup cooked quinoa

1 tsp. vanilla

2 tbsp. almond butter

2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted

1 tbsp. coconut nectar

1/8 tsp. sea salt

¼ cup natural cacao powder

4 to 6 tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes

1 cup almond meal (I grind it in my Magic bullet)

Add all the ingredients to a food processor bowl. Mix until everything is well mixed and holds together well. Roll into balls. Leave plain or coat with coconut sugar, fine coconut, melted chocolate or ground nuts. Chill for 1 to 2 hours. Store in freezer.

Notes:

  • You shouldn’t leave the truffles outside the freezer for long periods of time. They soften, and I think that they taste best when still firm.
  • Honey may be substituted for coconut nectar.
  • Coconut nectar is full of nutrients and is very low on the glycemic index.  It is an excellent substitute for maple syrup or honey. You can find it at your local natural foods store or online.
  • Natural or raw cacao powder is high in antioxidants including magnesium. You can find it at your local natural foods store or online. If you wish, you may use regular baking cocoa from your regular grocery store.

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