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Healthy Chocolate Puffed Quinoa Crunch Bars


10 minutes + 5 ingredient chocolate…but wait, it gets even better.  These simple and satisfying chocolate candies are reminiscent of those crunch bars you had growing up but made even healthier with puffed quinoa, that despite its trendy reputation is an easy DIY as well.  Toasting the quinoa while simultaneously air-popping them not only brings out their naturally nutty flavor, it also softens its bite and brings incredible texture to these re-vamped chocolates.  Also, if you whip up a bigger batch of this puffed quinoa, you can add it to everything from rice crispy treats to yogurt parfaits.  Pro-tip: rinse and dry the quinoa well before using to avoid any bitterness.

The base of these chocolates remain the same with equal parts coconut oil, cacao/cocoa and sweetener.  Incidentally, these can also be made into vegan treats.  These have been such a nice afternoon pick me up without the crash, especially since healthier treats are very expensive on our island.  Speaking of, island weather can be hot and humid so if you’re living somewhere with a similar environment, I would highly recommend keeping these chilled in the fridge.  They almost instantly melt in your mouth into silky, chocolate perfection.  You’ll be so happy that you have that familiar chocolate square waiting for you but all wrapped up in a more mature, responsible package.  I love that they’re so versatile, too.  Goji berries give these a nice chew and color contrast while chia seeds can also add in a different kind of texture.  You can really have fun with this all while feeling less guilty about indulging in chocolate which is something no one should be without!

Next time you’re craving chocolate, don’t deny yourself.  Instead, try these better-for-you, wholesome bites of blissful chocolate.  J didn’t even realize they were “healthier” when I shared some with him while I was testing these in the kitchen.  Side note, apologies in advance for getting you addicted to puffed quinoa.  I’ve been a woman obsessed!  Puffed quinoa has been going into everything like my cereal, granola bars {even Nala’s peanut butter puppy truffles}.

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Healthy Chocolate Puffed Quinoa Crunch Bars
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Serves: 6-8 chocolates

  • 2 tb puffed quinoa
  • 2 tb unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 tb unsweetened cacao/cocoa
  • 2 tb sifted powdered sugar {or sweetener of choice}
  • Pinch of sea salt

  1. To puff/pop the quinoa, add rinsed and dried quinoa to a hot, dry pan.
  2. Shuffle them around so it doesn’t burn. Soon, you’ll see them jump and hear them pop.
  3. It’s ready when the popping slows down and it’s golden brown. Set aside.
  4. Whisk together the coconut oil, cacao/cocoa, sweetener, and sea salt.
  5. Stir in the cooled quinoa.
  6. Pour into molds of choice and set in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  7. Un-mold and enjoy. Store in fridge to prevent melting.


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