After whipping up a bunch of quinoa on a whim last night, I decided I had better find a decent recipe for it!
I wanted something a little sweet that would see me through the first week back at work after the bank holiday weekend. Those 4pm afternoon slumps are going to need a little something more than just a peppermint tea!
The result was prety good for a first time but there are a couple of adaptions I would make next time, less water for example. The stodgier the mixture the better, my bars are still a little bit fragile even after being in the fridge for a good while.
Also, it seems that I have the least amount of tact ever when it comes to cake decoration. The tiniest bit of chocolate that I did use as a topping managed to fall off the spoon in clumps more than a delicate icing! Not sure I have any suggestions how to make that better though… Practice maybe? Let’s hope so, for my sake!
So here’s the recipe I attempted:
Yields 8 bars
- 1 cup (cooked) quinoa (cook the night before and refrigerate for best results)
- 12 whole dates, no sugar added
- 1/2 cup whole almonds with skins
- 1/3 cup grated coconut (unsweetened)
- 2 – 3 teaspoons water
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- To cook quinoa, add half a cup of dry quinoa to roughly double the amount of water. You can then either boil it until all of the liquid has been absorbed or steam it (this is my preference) for about 20-ish minutes. The quinoa should be light and fluffy. Store in fridge until ready to use.
- Add dates to a food processor (check for seeds/pips before you do this!) and pulse until you get a chopped ball. Put the dates to one side
- Place the almonds in the blender, pulse until finely chopped but not until they are milled.
- Add all of the dry ingredients to the blender and pulse until they are all well combined.
- Once the ingredients are well mixed, return to the mixing bowl and add water little by little until the mixture combines (I went a little nuts here and used too much! Make sure you use just enough for everything to combine easily but it should still be quite solid).
- Place ingredients into a dish and either place flat in order to cut into bars or roll up into small balls.
- Melt the remaining chocolate for a few minutes and then drizzle over the finished product.
- Refrigerate overnight of until the chocolate has hardened.
I hope you enjoy yours as much as J and I have this evening with a little tea before bed 🙂
For those of you saying goodbye to the lovely long weekend, I feel your pain! A couple of these will get you through the longest week at work no doubt!
Adapted from the original recipe, Quinoa Almond Joy Bars, by Skinnyms.