Have you tried puffed quinoa yet? Oh my! It is so yummy! I adore these tiny puffed morsels. Not only are you getting the protein as you do from quinoa, but you also get a light crunch which can be a great addition to so many things.
Some of my favorites ways to use puffed quinoa is to sprinkle them over a salad, some fresh fruit, chia pudding, smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, or mix it in some homemade granola. But one of the tastiest ways to enjoy these is to make some fabulous treats. You will go crazy for these light, crispy cups and so will your family! I hate to say it, but these are pretty addicting.
These crispy cups are extremely easy to make and using their basic foundation of ingredients, they are open to many possibilities as far as variety of butters and add-ins used. I'm going to share with you three of my family's favorite combinations. You will get the general idea and create the mix that best suits you. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Cashew Butter with Goji's, and Chocolate Almond are among our top picks. Who doesn't like peanut butter and chocolate? Not many. It's a favorite with children and adults alike. The cashew butter with goji's are enjoyable as well. I also include some chopped pistachios with them and they end up with a nice sweet and savory taste. The chocolate almond version are delightful, especially when those chocolate cravings attack.
As far as purchasing some puffed quinoa, you may be able to locate some at your health food store in the cereal aisle. I have found the easiest way to purchase puffed quinoa is through Nuts.com. They are organic, reasonably priced, and fast shipping. If you decide to go that route, I suggest ordering multiple bags because you are going to love them!
As I said, there are so many possible ways you can switch these up. Use your choice of nut or seed butter. The coconut oil as well as the coconut butter measurements can stay the same if you are just swapping out the nut or seed butter. However, if you want to bypass the coconut butter altogether, you can use 2/3 cup nut or seed butter of your choice with 1/3 cup coconut oil. If you want to add some chocolate flavor, mix 3 tablespoons of raw cacao in with the coconut oil.
I can think of so many add-ins...chocolate chips, shredded coconut, dried fruit, chopped nuts or seeds, cacao nibs, chia seeds, and the list goes on. Whatever combination you go with, it is sure to be a hit! They make great midday snacks and your kids will love them for an after school treat.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip:
Cashew Butter Goji & Pistachio:
2 cups puffed quinoa
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup cashew butter (or homemade)
1/3 cup coconut butter
2 Tbs pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup goji berries
1/4 cup chopped pistachio pieces
To Omit Coconut Butter:
Use 2/3 cup nut or seed butter of your choice
Use 1/3 cup coconut oil
To Add Chocolate:
Mix 3 Tbs raw cacao powder in with the coconut oil
1. In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil, coconut butter, and nut or seed butter of your choice (raw cacao powder for a chocolate flavor as well). Whisk well. Then add in maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon.
2. In a medium bowl, add two cups of puffed quinoa. Then pour the coconut oil and nut/seed butter mixture over the puffed quinoa. Mix well and then add chocolate chips, goji's, chopped nuts, or whatever add-ins you choose.
3. Place muffin liners in a muffin pan and then pour in the puffed quinoa mixture. Pack the mixture down to ensure it fills the muffin liner evenly. You can top them with more add-ins if desired. You should have 10 large muffin cups filled about 3/4 full. You can also use a mini muffin pan for smaller bites and have about 20 crispy cups.
4. Place the muffin pan in your freezer for a quick setting (about 15 minutes) or refrigerator but it will take a bit longer (an hour or so). Then remove them from the muffin liners and either devour them immediately because they are so delicious or store them in your refrigerator.