Sweet & Savory Quinoa Bites Pt-1

February 4, 2011 · 16 comments

Super Bowl themed blog week is is kicking off in style!!!  Who loves quinoa?  Quinoa is so versatile, it can be enjoyed in sweet or savory dishes.  This is part one of a fun finger food you can enjoy while relaxing, and watching the game.

Raspberry Quinoa Bites are really fun eaten alone, or with my favorite treat, Chobani Greek Yogurt.  I had envisioned a layering effect with the bites, but when creating a new dish… well, things change.  AND sometimes change is OKAY!  They ended up looking like a macaroon, but of course with quinoa:)

Cook the quinoa, and then toast it with coconut in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

I made a raspberry sauce, and made a sauce to mix with the quinoa.  Use the mini muffin pans to assemble each bite.  Bake the bites at 325 degrees fahrenheit for about 10-15 minutes.

Quinoa is soooo fun to eat, because it has protein along with vitamins.  So a perfect way to start your day in the morning, or of course as a snack.

Recipe:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Makes about 18 bites

1 cup quinoa

1 1/2 – 2 cups raspberries

1/2 cup sugar

2/3 cup of honey

2 tsp of cinnamon

1 tsp of cardamon

1/8 cup water

1 tsp unflavored gelatin

1 cup coconut

1/4 cup flax seed

1/4 cup wheat germ

4 Tbsp butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp vanilla

1. First cook 1 cup of quinoa, and spread out on a sheet pan to cool.  Prepare the raspberry sauce in a small sauce pot – raspberries, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup honey, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp cardamon, 1/8 cup of water, 1 tsp of unflavored gelatin.  Let cook together for about 10 minutes.  Place in bowl, and put in refrigerator to cool, or on an ice bath to cool.

2. Toast quinoa in oven with 1 cup coconut for about 25-30 minutes.

3. In a large bowl, mix toasted quinoa and coconut, flax seed, wheat germ.  In a small sauce pot melt butter, mix brown sugar, 1/3 cup of honey, salt and vanilla until completely mixed together. Place in large bowl with quinoa, and mix completely.

4. Turn oven down to 325 degrees. Spray mini muffin pans with olive oil, or pam.  Place about a teaspoon of quinoa mixture in each muffin cup, pat down with a small cup, or shot glass. The raspberry mixture should be set up, and nice and thick.  Put about tablespoon of raspberry mixture in muffin cup with quinoa mix.  Then top off the muffin cup with another teaspoon of quinoa mix, pat it down carefully.  Bake for about 10 – 15 minutes at 325 degrees.

5. Let them cool completely in the muffin pan, for about 2 hours.  When you take them out of the pan, use a teaspoon, and scoop around sides carefully, when you pull out of pan they will have a rounded bottom.  So the bottom becomes the top!

Have you ever had quinoa?  What is your favorite way to enjoy quinoa?

Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra

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  • Joanne

    USe quinoa, but don’t have cardamom. Not sure what this is exactly. Is there a substitution or should I just omit?

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Cardamon is my new favorite spice, it is cinnamon, and nutmeg, and lemon flavor to it:) You could use in the recipe cinnamon, and nutmeg, and it would be wonderful too:) So 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon nutmeg, and you could maybe add a splash of lemon juice to be similar to cardamon:) Enjoy, let me know what you thought of them!

  • http://twitter.com/angiesrecipess Angie

    Those quinoa bites sound really great!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Thank you so much!!!

  • http://twitter.com/angiesrecipess Angie

    Those quinoa bites sound really great!

  • Belinda @zomppa

    I LOVE quinoa and love these new little creative ways to make it!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Thank you so much!!!

  • Lin Ann

    I have a bag of quinoa in my pantry and I have no idea what to do with it. I bought it because I thought I should make something with it! Thank you for this, it’s just what I need to get motivated!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Quinoa is my favorite, we have not had rice in so long, we eat quinoa instead:) It can be enjoyed like oatmeal in the morning too, enjoy!

  • Pegasuslegend24

    Wow what a healthy and genious snack this one is love it!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Thank you sooo much!!!!

  • http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com Monet

    Hi Terra,
    These look amazing! I love quiona, but I’ve never made a sweet recipe with the grain. This bites would be great for a party (or to eat on my own!) Thank you for sharing with me. I hope you have a great weekend. I’m ready for some warmth!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Hi Monet,
      Quinoa really can be used instead of rice, and oatmeal. I have cooked quinoa with sugar water, and then mixed with nuts and dried fruit, and enjoy like your would oatmeal, YUM!
      Take care, and enjoy your weekend too!!

  • http://amiraskitchen.com/ Amira

    Quinoa is my new favorite! I have never made it in a sweet recipe before so I cannot wait to try this! I usually use it in place of rice or pasta at dinner.

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      My husband and I love it too, it really is so delicious:) Have you ever had quinoa pasta? Really fun, and tastes just like regular pasta! Enjoy:)

  • http://www.frenchwhisk.blogspot.ca/ Frenchwhisk

    These bites look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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