I read this sentence somewhere and it made me smile: “You shouldn’t eat things you can’t pronounce, except quinoa, you should eat quinoa”.
It’s true, you should eat quinoa, as it is nutrient dense, and it is packed with protein, fiber and various vitamins and minerals. It is also gluten-free so a great fit if you avoid gluten for whatever reasons. I guess quinoa’s health benefits are well known by now, and there’s little argument about the fact you should eat it, and more important than that, that your kids should eat quinoa. Well, the obvious question now is how (how?!) can you convince your kids to eat quinoa, when it’s not really the most appealing kids food out there… You know which food is though? If you said chocolate you were right! So I did one plus one here and ended up with these , homemade, melt in your mouth, Healthy Peanut Butter Quinoa Chocolate Truffles.
Like any other mom, I was nervous when this needed to get the kids approval, so I used some old tricks, which were: 1) Obviously don’t say there is quinoa inside, just call it “chocolate crunch”, 2) I made it together with my older one so she’ll be more inclined to taste it (nothing like letting them mess with chocolate…), and 3) I referred to it as a snack like any other and reminded her she can have one a day.
Well, works like magic. She loved it, the little one loved it as well, the husband almost finished the tray, the guests were amazed, I can’t call that anything but success.
One minute it’s here:
And in the next, it’s gone!
OK, off going to make the next batch of these using this silicone mold.
A few notes before the recipe, which is really one of the simplest ones to make (5 ingredients!):
– If you have peanut allergy you can sub the peanut butter for almond butter, or pretty much any nut or seed butter you like.
– The truffles should be kept in the fridge or freezer, as they melt pretty quickly.
– You can use any molds you like, so get creative as you wish.
– If you are looking for other natural, home made, plant based healthy snacks, check out my recipe for banana strawberry fruit pops (with optional peanut butter chocolate shell)
Moran is a wife, a mother of 2 little girls, a full time high tech employee, and a savvy home cook. In her blog, VeganHightechMom, Moran shares easy and quick whole food plant based recipes, targeted for busy people (like all of us..) that still want to feed their family healthy, colorful, nutritious and tasty food.