Dark Chocolate Quinoa Football Energy Bites

Your favorite fantasy football players are not the only ones who need a little energy boost on game day. These energy bites are easy to make, tasty and will satisfy any sweet tooth. This easy recipe requires few ingredients and does not require any cooking or baking.

Store-bought granola bars or cookies can have hidden added sugars, calories and carbs. Making homemade versions like these bites are a great way to avoid excess fats and sugars.

Energy bites, especially cute ones like these, are guilt-free and make the perfect sweet treat that will have tailgate guests excited to try the football-shaped bites.

Photo Credit: A Healthier Michigan

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup quinoa, rinsed in cold water
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 16 whole (pitted) dates
  • 1/2 cup raw skin-on almonds
  • 1/3 cup smooth almond butter or favorite nut butter
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • Pinch of salt
  • Meltable white chocolate chips

Dark Chocolate Quinoa Football Energy Bites

Instructions
1. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil. Cover and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes, until the water is absorbed.
2. Process the ½ cup of almonds in a food processor until finely chopped.
3. Add the dates to the food processor. Pulse until they are also finely chopped and the mixture starts to ball together.
4. Add the hot cooked quinoa, salt, almond butter, and the chocolate chips. Pulse until the mixture balls up around the blade and the chocolate has melted.
5. Use a cookie scoop to scoop out the dough and roll into 1-inch footballs
6. Refrigerate the footballs for about 1 hour, until firm.
7. While “footballs” set, melt white chocolate chips, then add to footballs as white laces.
8. Serve as a healthy dessert – ENJOY!

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