Quinoa is a true nutritional powerhouse. One cup supplies nearly half of your daily recommended value of fiber and protein, along with 40% of your vitamin B6 and iron and over 80% of your magnesium for the day. Though there is a plethora of great recipes for savory quinoa dishes, from simple sides to entrees, quinoa-lovers are likely looking for ways to mix things up.
Fortunately, SkinnyMs. got creative and developed several quinoa desserts? You can enjoy sweet treats loaded with nutritional value. Refresh your repertoire with these 5 sweet ways to eat quinoa.
1. Quinoa Chocolate Drops
These rich, hearty chocolate drops, made with dates, peanut butter, dark chocolate, and, of course, quinoa, make for a delicious and low-calorie dessert. A food processor makes prep easy, then you simply form your drops and place them in the refrigerator to set.
2. Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Quinoa
You know you’ve got a healthy dessert when it can double as breakfast! Simply add a few ingredients to a saucepan and simmer for 15 minutes. Adding in raw, diced apples at the end gives this sweet quinoa dish a little crunch.
You may have heard that store-bought protein bars aren’t as good for you as you thought. Some brands are high in saturated fat and/or sugar, and even those that are nutritionally sound are very expensive. As with most things, it’s best to make your own. This protein bar recipe actually uses many of the ingredients from the chocolate drops recipe above – dates, peanut butter, dark chocolate, and quinoa – but designed to serve as an easy grab-and-go snack or dessert.
4. Quinoa Banana Berry Smoothie
Quinoa in a smoothie?! Why not? Another dessert recipe that can double as breakfast, this smoothie is loaded with antioxidants from raspberries and green tea. Adjust to the desired consistency by adding more or less green tea.
5. Quinoa Almond Joy Bars
A vastly healthier rendition of the traditional candy bar, this recipe is sweetened with dates and drizzled with dark chocolate on top. All for under 100 calories per bar!
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