Monday, December 23, 2013

Quinoa Crispy Treats

Seaside Park, NJ

Happy holidays from RVegan!  Did you know quinoa pops like popcorn?  It becomes a tiny, crunchy little treat.  Perfect texture for this sweet and salty dessert.  Watch out, they are very addictive.  Don't say I didn't warn you!

Quinoa Crispy Treats

Quinoa Crispy Treats
(approximately 25 balls)
vegan, gluten free, soy free, no bake

3 Tbsp flax seed meal
1 cup pitted dates
1 cup raisins
3 tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp coconut oil (optional)
1 1/2 cups quinoa crispies (see recipe below)
dash sea salt

In a food processor, combine and process all except the quinoa.  Scoop processed mixture into a bowl.
Stir in 1/2 cup of the quinoa and mix well.  Form into 1 inch balls.  Roll each ball in remaining quinoa to coat. Ready to serve.

For the Quinoa Crispies:
2 cups water
1 cup quinoa
1 tbsp coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
dash sea salt

In a pot, bring water to a boil.  Reduce heat to low, and stir in quinoa.  Cook quinoa 5 minutes and strain immediately.  In a pan, ove medium heat, heat oil.  Add strained quinoa and salt, stirring constantly with a spatula to prevent burning.   The quinoa will start popping like popcorn.  It appears to get smaller when it pops. After about 5 minutes the quinoa should be popping like crazy.  Turn heat to low, continuously stirring until golden brown and crispy.  Taste for desired crispyness.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.