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Mini Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Cups

Made with good for you ingredients, these delicious Mini Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Cups are a healthier way to satisfy your chocolate cravings. 

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Mini chocolate quinoa bites in large mug.

I was browsing Tieghan's recipes on Half Baked Harvest when I saw this recipe for Superfood Chocolate Quinoa Bark. I loved her idea of combining super healthy ingredients with dark chocolate to make a delicious and yet healthy treat.

Tieghan has some very creative recipes on her site and if you haven't seen her blog yet you should definitely check it out. I adapted her recipe, deciding to use mainly seeds in my chocolate and quinoa bites.

Mini Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Cups.

How to Make Chocolate Quinoa Bites

The crunchy mixture in these bites is made by combining quinoa, chia and sesame seeds and some unsweetened coconut and cacao nibs for extra flavour and texture.

The mixture is sweetened with pure maple syrup and baked in the oven until fragrant and caramelized. 

To make the mini chocolate cups, you simply combine some of the melted dark chocolate with the crumbled up seed mixture and spoon it into foil candy cups.

I used foil candy cups for this recipe because they are sturdy enough to hold the chocolate quinoa mixture on their own. If using paper cups, insert the paper cups in a mini muffin tin to make it easier to fill them.

Finish the cups off by topping them with a touch of additional melted chocolate. I sprinkled some of the cups with little flakes of pink Himalayan salt, but this step is optional.

If you leave in a warm area, place the muffin tin filled with the chocolate quinoa bites in the refrigerator to help set the chocolate faster.

Mini Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Cups in large mug.

This recipe makes more of the toasted quinoa mixture then you actually need for the chocolate quinoa cups. But I left it as is because I loved the crunchy quinoa mixture so much.

I used the left-overs to top my yogurt, but you could also add it to top smoothie bowls and bowls of cereal or granola. I haven't tried this, but I'm pretty sure that a few tablespoons of the quinoa mixture in a muffin batter would add some great texture to your muffins. 

How to Store

Once set, the chocolate bites can easily be removed from the muffin pan for serving and storing. They can be placed in an airtight container and then stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

I hope you give this recipe a try because, with such healthy ingredients, these Mini Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Cups are more like little morsels of goodness! Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

More Delicious Chocolate Treats

Mini chocolate quinoa bites in large mug.

Mini Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Cups

Adapted from Half Baked Harvest
Made with good for you ingredients, these delicious Mini Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Cups are a healthier way to satisfy your chocolate cravings.
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert, Dessert/ snack
Cuisine Western
Servings 25 mini chocolate cups
Calories 157 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup raw quinoa
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup raw chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw sesame seeds
  • 1/8 cup cocoa nibs
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt dash
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate broken into pieces
  • Pink Himalayan salt for topping optional

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
  • Rinse the quinoa under cold water, drain and put in a skillet over medium low heat to dry the quinoa and lightly toast it. Quinoa will start to making popping sounds when dry.
  • Meanwhile in a small saucepan, over medium-low heat, combine the maple syrup and coconut oil and let it come to a gentle simmer. Remove from heat, add the vanilla and salt and stir.
  • Once the quinoa starts to make the popping sound, add the coconut, cocoa nibs, sesame and chia seeds to the skillet. Pour the maple syrup mixture over the seeds and stir to evenly coat the dry ingredients.
  • Pour the seed mixture onto the lined baking sheet and spread it evenly with a spatula. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the mixture is fragrant and toasted. Remove from the oven and let the mixture cool.
  • Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a double bath or in the microwave oven in short bursts of time.
  • Once the chocolate is melted, pour 1/2 cup into small bowl and add 1 cup of the seed mixture, making sure to crumble the larger pieces.
  • Mix the chocolate and the seed mixture until you have a uniform texture.
  • Spoon the mixture two thirds up the mini paper cups and then top each cup with a bit more of the plain melted chocolate.
  • Optional: If desired, sprinkle little flakes of pink Himalayan salt on the chocolates before they set.
  • Once you have filled the cups you can place the mini cups in a mini muffin cup pan for easier storage in the freezer or refrigerator.
  • Once the chocolates are set they should be stored covered in the refrigerator or freezer.

Notes

  1. I used foil candy cups for this recipe because they are sturdy enough to hold the mixture on their own. If using paper cups, insert the paper cups in a mini muffin tin to make it easier to fill them. Refrigerate the pan to cool the mixture. The bites will harden and then can easily be removed from the muffin pan for serving and storing.  

Nutrition

Calories: 157kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 12mgPotassium: 148mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 5IUCalcium: 42mgIron: 1.6mg
Keyword Chocolate Quinoa Bites, Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Cups, Mini Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Cups
Tried this recipe? Have any questions, comments or suggestions? Leave a comment below!Mention @sweetandsavourypursuits or tag #sweetandsavourypursuits!

This post was originally published in February 2016. 

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feastingnotfasting

Tuesday 5th of April 2016

These have got to be one of the best looking healthy desserts out there! I'm always on the hunt for sweets that I can justify eating twenty of because they're "healthy." These just made that list. :)

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Wednesday 6th of April 2016

Thanks so much! I know what you mean, I like to find those as well!

Hello Creative Family Crystal

Wednesday 17th of February 2016

Oh my goodness you have me DROOLING with this recipe! It looks heavenly!

I included this in a roundup I did of decadent chocolate recipes! I'd love for you to check it out and share it on social media if you think your followers would like it! Here is the link:

http://hellocreativefamily.com/36-decadent-chocolate-recipes/

Thanks so much for creating such a delicious dessert!

Best Wishes,

Crystal

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Thursday 18th of February 2016

Hi Crystal, that's great, I checked the post out and there are some delicious looking recipes there. I shared it on my facebook! Thanks for finding my recipe delicious enough to include in your roundup.

nancyc

Saturday 13th of February 2016

These sound so good, Fida! I love all the healthy ingredients, too!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Sunday 14th of February 2016

Thanks Nancy, I never thought that chocolate and quinoa would be so delicious together!

Sabrina

Saturday 13th of February 2016

These look really tasty! I saw the original recipe on Half Baked Harvest too :)

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Sunday 14th of February 2016

Thanks Sabrina, I love Half Baked Harvest such a great blog.

37 Decadent Chocolate Recipes - Hello Creative Family

Friday 12th of February 2016

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