I’ve had this recipe idea for a while now and happy to be sharing it today! The base of this recipe is quinoa puffs! Quinoa puffs are simply cooked quinoa that has been dried out to make a light, crunchy quinoa puff! They can be topped on yogurt, smoothies, or used in other dessert recipes like this one! They totally remind me of Rice Krispies so I decided to make a healthier version of the classic Rice Krispies treat! This recipe is vegan (there are no marshmallows or butter in this recipe).
To make the base of this recipe, simply combine quinoa puffs with brown rice syrup, chunky almond butter and a dash of salt. Then I like to top these squares with drizzles chocolate to give a little more sweetness!
Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Syrup | Natural sugar (similar to honey and maple syrup). I purchased mine from Vita Health, however I have seen this brand at many grocery stores! This syrup is a great substitute for sugar in other recipes as well!
GoGo Quinoa Royal Quinoa Puffs | I purchased these quinoa puffs from Vita Health. It’s the only place I can find them in Winnipeg. You could also try making quinoa puffs yourself!
To avoid the squares from crumbling, ensure you are mixing the quinoa puffs well with the syrup and almond butter. I gently stir everything together for a good 5 minutes to ensure everything is well coated.
After the dish has been frozen for an hour, individually wrap the squares (if not eating right away) and keep them stored in the freezer to ensure they hold their shape. Note: Some quinoa puffs will fall out after being frozen however they should not crumble to the point that they lose their square shape.
- 4 cups quinoa puffs
- 1 cup chunky almond butter
- ⅓ cup brown rice syrup
- ½ tbsp salt
- Chocolate Drizzle
- ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips (or bar, cut into smaller pieces)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- In a large bowl, combine quinoa puffs, almond butter, brown rice syrup and salt.
- Gently stir ingredients until all quinoa puffs are well coated.
- Spray an 8x8 baking pan with coconut oil and add quinoa puff mixture to the pan.
- Use your hands or a spatula to flatten out the top.
- Place in freezer for about 15 minutes.
- In the meantime prepare the chocolate drizzle.
- In a small sauce pan or double boiler (if you have) heat coconut oil and dark chocolate until melted.
- Remove baking pan with quinoa crisps from freezer and drizzle with melted chocolate.
- Place baking pan back into freezer for 45 minutes.
- After 45 minutes, remove and cut into 9 squares.
- If keeping them for later, wrap them individually and place them back in the freezer.
Have you ever tried quinoa puffs? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!