I made these little trail mix balls for my new yoga students yesterday.
Why yes, I use food to get people to like me, why do you ask?
I can’t help these things…it’s just the way I am. Which reminds me, I need to bake Adam’s new neighbors a batch of cookies so they won’t mind when we blast Mad Men on surround sound Sunday night. Speaking of Mad Men!!!!!! Please observe this Betty-esque dress I found at a vintage clothing store for only nine dollars a few weeks ago. We were going to a Mad Men premiere party in the city and I needed to dress in character.
Isn’t it fab? I feel like I definitely got my nine dollars worth, even if two hours later I spilled an entire glass of red wine down the front of the dress. Classy!
You know what else is classy? Turning last night’s dinner into today’s sweet snack. I’m talking quinoa, people! Quinoa.
Use your leftover quinoa plus chocolate chips, coconut, sunflower seeds, oats and dried cherries in these yummy little balls that perfect to bring to work, school or yoga.
I love the little pop that the quinoa adds, as well as the chocolate chip-cherry combo. If dried cherries aren’t your favorite, you could try adding cranberries or raisins (but don’t tell me about it).
My students loved them…I loved them…and Adam will love them when he actually gets to try one of ’em. We are camping this weekend (Easter camping has become a bit of tradition around here!) and I think they will come in very handy after a long day on the trails.
They taste like birdseed….in the best way possible.
Happy Easter weekend! I hope you get to spend it with someone you love and are able to soak some sunshine into your bones as well.
Chocolate Chip Quinoa Trail Mix Balls
makes about 14 bite-sized balls
1 cup old fashioned or quick-cooking oats, dry
1/4 cup quinoa, dry + 3/4 cup water
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup dried cherries, raisins or cranberries
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
Combine the quinoa and water in a small saucepot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 12 minutes, until quinoa has absorbed all the liquid. Fluff and scoop quinoa into a large mixing bowl.
Add sunflower seeds, oats, dried cherries and coconut to quinoa and mix well. Bring honey to a simmer on the stove then stir in the vanilla extract and pour on top of nuts and seeds. Mix until well combined.
Let mixture cool before adding the chocolate chips, peanut butter and sea salt. Mix well with your hands so the peanut butter is evenly dispersed but be careful not to melt the chocolate chips! Chill dough in fridge for an hour.
Using wet hands, gently roll mixture into golf ball-sized balls. Place balls on a plate and chill for at least two hours until firm.
2 1/2 hours (includes time to chill)