Chocolate Quinoa Protein Bites
2 cups Medjool dates, pitted
1 1/4 cup pecans
6 tablespoons high-quality, unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tablespoons almond butter
1 1/2 tablespoons organic maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup quinoa
1/3 cup dried blueberries, roughly chopped
1/3 cup goji berries, roughly chopped
5 oz. dark chocolate
First, toast the quinoa in a medium nonstick skillet over low heat for 2-3 minutes, until the quinoa turns a golden brown color.
Set aside to cool.
Then, line a 6x8 baking dish with wax paper, and set aside.
In a food processor, blend together the dates, pecans, cocoa powder, almond butter, maple syrup and salt, until the dates are finely chopped and the mixture starts to come together.
Pour the date mixture into a bowl, add the quinoa, blueberries and goji berries.
Mix to combine. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press until well compacted.
Melt the chocolate (in the microwave in :30-second increments), and pour over the top of the mixture in the baking dish.
Spread until smooth, then chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
Remove the protein bites from the pan, then cut into 1-inch squares and serve.
Keeps in the refrigerator for 1 week.