Quinoa and Cacao Crispy Treats

So these little treats are quite a revelation! They take 5 minutes to make and 10 minutes to set, so they’re the best easy dessert or snack to throw together when you’re pressed on time or seriously craving a sweet snack and need it pronto! Think of them as a healthy take on tradition rice crispy treats – although don’t worry they don’t taste healthy at all, they taste totally rich, chocolatey and indulgent. Rice crispy treats were my absolute favourite childhood dessert, so this recipe makes me especially happy!

There are so few ingredients in these too, which makes them so simple to make. You just need five ingredients: raw cacao, almond butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and puffed/popped quinoa. With the quinoa pops you can either buy popped quinoa, it’s pretty easy to find either in a health food shop or online (even amazon have it!). Or you can make it yourself, this recipe for it I thought was great.

Makes 20 small treats

– 2 cups of popped/puffed quinoa (60g)

– 1/3 of a cup of raw cacao powder 

– 6 tablespoons of pure maple syrup

– 5 tablespoons of coconut oil

– 2 tablespoons almond butter (or an other nut butter)

– small/bite-sized cupcake cases

Place the coconut oil, cacao powder, maple syrup and almond butter into a saucepan and gently heat it for a few minutes until it’s totally smooth and melted. While this melts pour the quinoa pops into a mixing bowl.

Once the mix has melted pour it over the quinoa pops and stir it all together, until all the quinoa pops have been covered in chocolate.

Scoop the mix into small cupcake holders and place them in the freezer for twenty minutes, then serve and enjoy!