A few weeks back, I came up with an idea for a recipe. I decided that today was the perfect day to try it out, since we’ll need lots of fuel for this week’s 14+ hour drive from Wisconsin to Ithaca, NY, and these little beauties are nice and portable.
I present to you: Breakfast Quinoa Balls.
You read that right: Breakfast. Quinoa. In Ball Form. AKA, can easily be eaten on the road.
Not to mention the fact that it combines two of my favorite foods: Quinoa and Almond Butter. And these are vegan and gluten-free!
These are crispy and toasty on the outside, but soft on the inside. They’ve got a bit of sweetness to them, but they aren’t too sweet. Breakfast quinoa balls are perfect for breakfast or snacking!
I’m extra-excited about this recipe because it is the first one I’ve made up completely from scratch. Usually when I bake, I am either following a recipe, or using one as inspiration. I did a little research, and couldn’t find anything quite like these (which also made me feel extra creative, by the way ), so I made them up all by myself!
As a present to congratulate me for making up my first recipe, Dan has decided to start pronouncing ‘quinoa’ correctly. He has jokingly been referring to it as ‘Q-Noah’ ever since I started eating it, and offered tonight to actually start saying the correct ‘keen-wa.’
Breakfast Quinoa Balls
2/3 c. quinoa
1 1/3 c. water
1 1/2 c. whole almonds
1 1/2 T. agave nectar
1/2 tsp. table salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 T. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine the quinoa and water in a small pot. Heat, covered, over medium heat until it starts to boil. Remove the cover and lower to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the quinoa has absorbed all the water. Spread quinoa out on a mat or pan to cool.
I am in love with the flavor of these, and both Dan and my dad gave these a ‘thumbs-up’ as well. Considering Dan doesn’t really eat breakfast quinoa, but he likes these, I’d say it was a success! My dad described them as ‘homemade energy bars!’
The nutritional stats for one quinoa ball are:
Not too shabby! Eat 3 or 4 of these with some fruit for breakfast, and you’ll be getting 9-12 grams of protein and 6-8 grams of fiber, plus all the nutrients from the fruit. Not a bad way to start the day, right? I could also see eating these as an afternoon snack, especially on days when I have a lot of back-to-back classes and need something I can eat quickly.
I am going to keep tweaking the recipe a bit, because a few of the balls were a little more crumbly than I liked, but they still tasted amazing and most of them came out with a perfect texture!
I also plan to try playing around with other flavors… chocolate? coconut? fruity? The possibilities are endless!
What do you think? Would you eat breakfast quinoa balls? I highly recommend that you try them!
Though I’ll have limited internet access for a few days, I have pre-written some more Savvy Eats for you. This week, watch for:
- Coconut Cherry Granola recipe
- Scones recipes: both the ones I made for Ashley’s bake sale and an exciting new flavor!
- ‘An Ode to Quinoa’
- The Little Things #8
Have a lovely Monday!