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Puffed Quinoa Peanut Butter Chocolate Squares

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Prep

20 minutes

Yield

16 squares

You know I have a sweet tooth – and this puffed quinoa recipe is perfect for anyone who loves peanut butter and chocolate. The best part about this recipe? It can be made completely vegan by using dairy free chocolate and it is packed with nutritious ingredients including puffed quinoa and hemp seeds.

My puffed quinoa recipe also requires no oven and can be stored in the fridge for several weeks – but I’m willing to bet they won’t last that long.

puffed quinoa in bowl

Why You Will Love These Puffed Quinoa Peanut Butter Chocolate Squares

  • Yummy – Dark chocolate and peanut butter, need I say more? Add in some maple syrup and this puffed quinoa recipe will be a hit for anyone with a sweet tooth.
  • Easy – 20 minutes and 10 ingredients are all you need to whip up these puffed quinoa peanut butter chocolate squares.
  • Packed with Protein – With ingredients like peanut butter, puffed quinoa, and hemp seeds – these squares are an excellent source of protein.

puffed quinoa squares

Ingredient Notes

Hemp Seeds: Technically a nut, hemp seeds are very nutritious and rich in healthy fats – including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Both fats are known for improving heart health – which is fitting because hemp seeds are often referred to as hemp hearts.

Puffed Quinoa: Did you know that quinoa puffs contain nearly twice as much fiber as nearly all other grains? They are a great source of fiber and take on a nutty taste – which makes them perfect for these peanut butter chocolate squares.

puffed quinoa ingredients

How to Make My Puffed Quinoa

  1. Prepare an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. To a large bowl, add the quinoa puffs, peanut butter, hemp seeds, vanilla extract, vanilla paste, maple syrup, and salt.
  3. Mix with a wooden spoon to combine.
  4. Transfer the puffed quinoa to the prepared pan and firmly press down.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil.
  6. Melt the two ingredients together in the microwave, mix together.
  7. Pour over top of the pressed-down quinoa puffs, and spread evenly
  8. Set in the fridge for 3 – 5 minutes, add flaky salt on top, and set in the fridge until chocolate is firm.
  9. After about 10 – 15 minutes, cut into 16 equal pieces and enjoy!!

melted chocolate

Expert Tips & FAQ

Use ANY nut butter that you want. Customize it! Even add other delicious ingredients on the inside like; mini chocolate chips, nuts, cinnamon, coconut, anything!

This is the PERFECT on-the-go snack!

To make this completely vegan, be sure to use dairy free chocolate chips!

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for 1 – 2 months.

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Puffed Quinoa Peanut Butter Chocolate Squares

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16 squares 1x
  • Category: Vegan Desserts
  • Method: Combine
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

You know I have a sweet tooth – and this puffed quinoa recipe is perfect for anyone who loves peanut butter and chocolate.


Ingredients

Scale

33 ¼ cups quinoa puffs

1 ½ cups peanut butter

6 tbsp. hemp seeds

1 tbsp. SO vanilla extract

2 tsp. SO vanilla paste

1/3 cup maple syrup

Pinch of salt

1 cup + 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips (vegan)

1 tbsp. coconut oil

Extra flaky salt


Instructions

Prepare an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.

To a large bowl, add the quinoa puffs, peanut butter, hemp seeds, vanilla extract, vanilla paste, maple syrup, and salt. 

Mix with a wooden spoon to combine.

Transfer the puffed quinoa to the prepared pan and firmly press down.

In a small bowl, combine the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil.

Melt the two ingredients together in the microwave, mix together.

Pour over top of the pressed-down quinoa puffs, and spread evenly

Set in the fridge for 3 – 5 minutes, add flaky salt on top, and set in the fridge until chocolate is firm.  

After about 10 – 15 minutes, cut into 16 equal pieces and enjoy!!

Notes

Use ANY nut butter that you want. Customize it! Even add other delicious ingredients on the inside like; mini chocolate chips, nuts, cinnamon, coconut, anything!

This is the PERFECT on-the-go snack!

To make this completely vegan, be sure to use dairy free chocolate chips!

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for 1 – 2 months.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 16
  • Calories: 383
  • Sugar: 10.9g
  • Sodium: 125mg
  • Fat: 21.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5.7g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 38.3g
  • Fiber: 4.6g
  • Protein: 12.1g
  • Cholesterol: 0.6mg

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