Quinoa Peanut Butter Snack Balls ft. Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter Blend

With breakfast foods running low in the Crunchy For Me household, the next feature recipe had to be a quick snack suitable for those early weekday mornings.  The Quinoa Peanut Butter Snack Balls from Happy Healthy Mama fit the bill and looked relatively easy to make, and Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter Blend seemed like a good peanut butter to complement the other sweet ingredients called for in the recipe.

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The starting lineup.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed well
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter Blend
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon blackstrap molasses
  • A pinch of sea salt

Instructions (from Happy Healthy Mama):

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the quinoa and water.  Bring it to a boil, stir once, and cover the pot.  Reduce the heat a bit and allow to simmer until all the water is absorbed, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Once the quinoa is cooked, allow it to cool a bit.  Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well.  Form the mixture into 1″ balls and place them onto a tray or plate.  Place them in the freezer for about 30 minutes to firm.  Keep stored in the refrigerator.

Time to Prepare: 45-50 minutes (5 minutes of actual work and 40-45 minutes of waiting)

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Cooked quinoa.

This was the easiest recipe I’ve made so far — even easier than the 3 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Squares I made two weeks ago.  Like I mentioned above, there’s very little work required.  Aside from measuring out the ingredients and doing some mixing, most of the time is spent waiting of the quinoa to cook and the snack balls to cool.

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All of the ingredients blended together.  The pre-blend picture did NOT look appetizing!  Ehhh.neither does this one.

I also liked that there were very few dishes afterwards.  All I had to clean was one small saucepan and a few measuring cups and spoons.

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Not to be confused with IKEA meatballs.

After waiting for the snack balls to cool, it was finally time to try one.  Although the recipe includes maple syrup, cinnamon, and molasses, the snack balls aren’t very sweet.  This was quite surprising, as I was sure that these three ingredients would make the snack balls quite sweet.  Instead, the quinoa and peanut butter are the most noticeable flavors.  Quinoa doesn’t have much taste, so the snack balls can be kind of bland.  However, Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter Blend had a more pronounced flavor in the snack balls than I thought it would and gave the snack balls most of their flavor.

Due to the lack of sweetness, I recommend these snack balls for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack.  I wouldn’t reach for these for dessert.  (Unless I had a chocolate dipping sauce, of course.)

Although they lacked the flavor I was hoping for, one of the snack balls’ most promising features is that they really fill you up.  I don’t see myself eating more than one or two to get me to that next meal, and you probably won’t need more than a couple for breakfast.

What’s your favorite peanut butter snack?  Have any suggestions for a breakfast recipe where peanut butter is a featured ingredient?  Plan on making this recipe in the near future?  Leave a comment below!

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