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Quinoa almond date Protein Balls

Healthy snack and dessert with quinoa, almond and dates. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 154kcal


  • cup quinoa
  • ½ cup whole almonds
  • ¼ cup finely chopped almonds
  • 16 pitted dates
  • 3 tablespoon peanut butter or any nut butter
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips


  • Rinse quinoa thoroughly 2-3 times. Drain the water. 
  • To cook quinoa in the Instant Pot - Add ⅓ cup of water and quinoa to a stainless steel bowl. Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot insert. Place the quinoa bowl on the trivet and place the trivet in the Instant Pot. Close the lid and pressure cook for 4 minutes followed by a 10-minute natural pressure release. Open the Instant Pot and allow it to cool for 10 minutes.
    To cook quinoa on the stovetop:  Add quinoa,  ⅔ cup of water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat and cook quinoa covered for 10 mins. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes.
  • In a food processor add whole almonds, dates, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and cooked quinoa. Process together for 2-3 minutes or until all the ingredients are well-incorporated.
  • Scoop out the mixture one tablespoon at a time and roll into round truffles. Then roll them in finely chopped almonds. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to be served.
  • These protein balls stay good at room temperature for a day and can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week.



  • Any nut butter can be used in place of peanut butter
  • You can also use seed butter such as the Sacha Inchi butter or sunflower seed butter instead of nut butter
  • Dark Chocolate chips can be replaced with 1 to 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • White organic quinoa works best with this recipe
  • If using the bigger Medjool dates, add only 8 or 9 pitted 
Blender Instructions: This recipe is best made in a food processor, but if you are trying to make it in a blender, here are some tips. Start by first pulsing the almonds a few times until they are coarsely chopped. Add the dates and pulse until they are finely chopped and mixed in. Then add quinoa and pulse a few times until the quinoa starts to blend in. Scrape the sides on the blender with a silicone spatula and then add peanut butter and chocolate chips. Blend together for a minute, mixing in with a spatula if needed, and then roll the balls. 


Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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