Healthy Quinoa Crispy Treats

Healthy Quinoa Crispy Treats

Do you remember Rice Crispy Treats and how much fun they were to eat as a child? I fondly remember my mother making them in the summertime and how awesome it was that I actually got to lick the spoon. She’d make them for cookouts and parties, and I can still see the gooey marshmallow stretching, feel the stickiness on my fingers, and taste the crunch of the rice crispies…Y U M M M M M !!!

These Healthy Quinoa Crispy Treats are a spin on my childhood favorite. Like the adult, more sophisticated version.

Using quinoa instead of rice makes these treats higher in protein and lower in carbs, but you can always sub crispy rice cereal leaving this recipe just as delicious.  A combination of almond butter and brown rice syrup replaces the marshmallows, and for the chocolate drizzle I like using Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips which are gluten, dairy, soy and corn free.

Healthy Quinoa Crispy Treats

 

I purchase crispy quinoa at  Nuts.com and they actually call them “Quinoa Puffs” but don’t let the name fool you, they are CRUNCHY and that’s the key to this recipe!

Make these for your next party or pot-luck.  I promise you wont be disappointed 🙂

Specialty Ingredients:

Quinoa Puffs OR Crispy Brown Rice Cereal
Brown Rice Syrup
Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

Healthy Quinoa Crispy Treats

Healthy Quinoa Crispy Treats
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Healthy Quinoa Crispy Treats

Vegan | Gluten-Free | No-Bake

Course Dessert
Servings 12 squares

Ingredients

For the crispy treat:

  • 2 1/2 cups crispy quinoa*
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup creamy, unsalted almond butter** all natural
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup***
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional

For the chocolate drizzle:

  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips I prefer Enjoy Life Brand
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • coconut oil spray

Instructions

  1. Line an 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper and spray lightly with coconut oil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the quinoa crisps, ground cinnamon and sea salt.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat combine the almond butter, brown rice syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract until melted and combined.
  4. Pour the almond butter mixture over the quinoa crisps and using a wooden spoon mix everything together. Pour this mixture (it will be thick) into your prepared baking dish and I like to use a spatula that I wet lightly with water to smooth the top.
  5. Place this into the freezer while making the chocolate drizzle.
  6. Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and heat in the microwave in 30 second intervals stirring briefly in between until fully melted. Be careful not to let even one drop of water get into this bowl, otherwise it will make the chocolate thick and ruin the melting process.
  7. Remove the quinoa crisps from the freezer and drizzle the chocolate over the top using a spoon. Place back in the freezer to set for about 30 minutes before cutting into squares.
  8. Store leftovers (if there are any) in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 1 month!
  9. ENJOY!!!

Recipe Notes

*Option to substitute Crispy Brown Rice/Rice Cereal.
**Option to substitute creamy, unsalted cashew or peanut butter.
***Option to substitute agave nectar or honey (if not Vegan).

Quinoa Crispy Treats

 

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