Peanut Butter and Nutella Quinoa Bites for Dessert

by Kate on January 16, 2013

Peanut Butter & Nutella Bites

Sorry for the lull in Quinoa bite postage gang! But as with most things, I prefer saving the best for last – the DESSERT!

When I said that Quinoa is a power food, you probably assumed that all these bite recipes would be healthy and good for you. Well – all good things can go bad sometimes.  And when I say bad, I mean the good kind of bad – the AMAZING kind of bad.

Peanut Butter & Nutella Bites

I needed a ‘dessert’ quinoa bite.  So I thought of 2 of my favorite things on the planet – peanut butter and nutella – and then I went crazy – and crazy won – love when that happens!

Peanut Butter & Nutella Quinoa Bites

*yields about 2 dozen bites

1 cup cooked quinoa, warm

1 cup quick oats

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/3 cup your favorite brand of creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup Nutella

2 cups corn flakes, crushed into crumbs
(preferably in a food processor)

6 oz. Dark chocolate for drizzle

1) While your Quinoa is still warm, place it in a large mixing bowl.  Add the quick oats, chocolate chips, peanut butter, nutella and corn flakes to the warm Quinoa (the heat from the Quinoa will help all the ingredients to combine together).

2) With a small spatula (or your hands!) mix all of the ingredients together until fully combined.  I started doing this with a spatula but then just went right in for the kill with my hands, and it made it much easier to combine the ingredients (and I got to lick them after!)

3) Cover the mixture with plastic wrap and chill it for about 1/2 hour in the refrigerator.  After the mixture has chilled, take a heaping tablespoon of the mixture, roll it between the palms of your hands to form a ball and place each ball on a wax paper lined cookie sheet.

4) Once all your balls have been formed, melt your chocolate in a double boiler and drizzle over the quinoa balls.  Can be served immediately or stored in the fridge for up to a week! (but trust me, they won’t last that long)

O.M.G.  When I tell you that these are amazing, I’m not lying.  The Corn Flake component may seem a little strange, but I felt the mixture needed a sort of ‘glue’ to hold it together, being that there were no eggs for this recipe.  The Corn Flake crumbs acted almost as bread crumbs do with meatballs, giving them some holding power and a little somethin’ more to sink your teeth into.

Peanut Butter & Nutella Bites

So there you have it folks – what’d we learn from this series?

Quinoa is DA’ BOMB!

candace March 15, 2013 at 12:36 am

I freaking LOVED these!! As a bit of a sweet tooth, I might try them next time with milk or white chocolate chips, or butterscotch chips!! But seriously…what an AWESOME recipe!

Kate March 15, 2013 at 3:27 am

So glad you liked them Candace! I was also so happy with how they came out – trying them with white chocolate is genius! Let me know how they turn out if you end up giving that a go!!

Candace March 15, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Hey Kate, just wondering if you know the fat & calorie content in one of these bad boys? Thanks!!

Kate March 15, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Unfortunately Candace, they’re not quite the healthiest snack in the world, even being made with quinoa, due to the fact that there’s peanut butter, chocolate AND nutella in them (triple threat). I estimate that one bite has about 7 grams of fat and 127 calories. I do think though that if you wanted to spare some calories/fat on these, you could probably cut the cup of chocolate chips down to 1/2 cup and also cut the amount of nutella down to 1/3 or 1/4 of a cup vs. the 1/2 cup. Those flavors will still shine through and taste amazing I’m sure, even if there’s not quite as much of them!

Brettni Brumfield January 6, 2015 at 9:52 pm

Oh man! I’ve got some Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread, and I can’t wait to try out your recipe with it. Thanks for sharing!

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