While these rich cookies packed with dark chocolate and tart cherries are perfect for marathon baking session the day before you get married (as a random example), they are a definite sometimes food. Yet the flavors of chocolate and cherry needn’t be confined to extravagant desserts.
Bars & Bites for Brown Bags: Whether you pack your lunch in a bento box, a brown bag or a retro cartoon character lunch box, don’t forget the bars and bites. Small squares or round bites can pack nutrition into a sweet or savory taste. Show us your favorite way to jazz up any type of lunch box.
This theme pushed me to find a way to incorporate my favorite classic combination of chocolate and cherry in a nutritious bite. With an abundance of red quinoa thanks to Peter “I can only buy in bulk” THIH, I developed a easy-to-make bite that uses my favorite kitchen tool – the mini-muffin pan.
These protein-packed bites make a perfect finish to any lunch or a quick snack you can bring anywhere.
Of course, I had to stack them. I could have stacked more than three, but nah. I just want you to know I could.
Dark Chocolate Cherry Quinoa Bites
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Ingredients (24 bites)
- 1/2 cup red quinoa, rinsed well
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds, ground
- 3/8 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup peanut butter or other nut butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
In a small saucepan, combine quinoa and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Set aside and allow to cool. In a small bowl, add ground chia seeds to 3/8 cup water and stir. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine quinoa and chia seed mixture with remaining ingredients. Spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Spoon mixture into cups and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until centers are set. Remove and allow to cool for 1 minutes before removing bites. Cool on wire racks. Place bites in airtight container and store in refrigerator.
P.S. I’m all about the portable snacks nowadays! Check out more bites here.