Peanut Butter Quinoa Protein bites are quick energy bites that give you good protein fix after a workout or can satisfy your sweet cravings anytime without adding much calories and fat plus you are eating REAL food!
I regret guys! I seriously regret spending hours in my kitchen before realising how easy and quick healthy cooking is! Most of the times we stick to traditional and conventional cooking methods thinking that that is our comfort zone, but listen to me friends, if you want to stay healthy and fit and even shed some pounds you need to have discipline to eat healthy and exercise. Now discipline is a broad term I know, you struggle with many tensions either at workplace or in terms of cooking various dishes that satisfy everyone’s taste buds . You never want to come out of your confined food choices due to lack of awareness or lack of time to get that awareness, Actually let me tell you, healthy cooking is far easier than your(my) traditional cooking, and healthy cooking is not as bad as what you think like no fat not carb etc. etc, all you need is to experiment with few healthy ingredients in your pantry, Like these peanut nutter quinoa protein bites, I have never imagined using quinoa in sweet treats but thanks to my weight loss journey, it made me explore different wholesome ingredients and recipes that ended in creating tasty dishes most of the times. There were failures too but without we exploring anything we cannot see success in any regard .
I always ate oats in porridge, quinoa for lunch , peanut butter for toast
but never imagined combining these all for a sweet treat ,
Also in hardly 15 min of time, a batch of healthy and protein rich snacks are ready for my whole week,
It is only that our heart needs be open for accepting new ideas to stay healthy,now let’s make a batch of these incredible quinoa protein bites.
Quinoa, I agree is a little expensive grain and may not be local to many of you but wait it has got full of fiber protein and many good things that does wonders to our health.Common, colas,cookies,chocolates were not local either once but we made them so much local to our lives since we liked the pleasure of consuming those. Open your heart for healthy foods and don’t think too much about its origin unless it is doing any harm to your health. Treat foods as foods!Back to the point,quinoa is a very versatile grain which works equally good for breakfast,lunch or even dessert which we are making right now.And its a super food for weight loss because it is rich in protein and complex carbs which are essential while you are trying to lose weight.
Now it is known that to have almost twice the amount of protein as rice. Protein makes you feel full for a longer time.Also quinoa is gluten free making it easy for people who have any intolerances. Now am combing this super protein and fiber rich grain with all natural peanut butter (no added sugars please) to give it an extra protein kick for every bite. Also these quinoa protein bites are made of all natural and real foods so you don’t need to feel guilty of having this as a post workout snack or to satisfy your late night sweet cravings. So much better than a piece of cake!
- 1 Cup Rolled Oats
- ½ Cup Uncooked Quinoa
- ½ Cup Peanut Butter
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon dried cranberries
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Preheat the oven at 170 degree C.Line a baking tray with parchment paper or silver foil.Spread the oats and quinoa evenly and toast them for 10 minutes by checking in between.
- Meanwhile put a sauce pan on a very low flame and add peanut butter,honey,coconut oil,vanilla essence.Mix and stir the mixture until it becomes smooth and creamy.Remove it from heat and allow it to cool down for few minutes as we don't want to burn our hands.
- Add in the dry mixture of toasted oats and quinoa and stir well to form a mixture that you can start rolling balls out of it.
- Fold in cranberries,chia seeds and start rolling them into lemon sized balls. If you think the mixture is dry, try adding little more coconut oil and if the mixture is very wet, adjust oats(no need of toasting again!)
- Keep them in fridge for an hour to firm up the balls.Enjoy!
You could incorporate chia seeds along with cranberries to get extra protein and fiber.
Store them in a air tight container and I prefer to keep them in fridge, they will be good enough for a week.
The measurements are really for guidance and you can safely play around according to your wish but the only aim is to get more protein and fiber along with limited carbs.
As always,use the nutrition info only as a general guidance.Good day peeps!