These chocolate quinoa crisps are a fun twist on chocolate bark. Made with toasted quinoa folded into melted chocolate, drizzled with peanut butter and then frozen to bark perfection. Enjoy right out of the freezer!
These chocolate quinoa crisps are a delightful fusion of crunch and indulgence. Instead of the typical bark texture, you’ll absolutely love the nutty crunch of oven-toasted quinoa, folded into rich dark chocolate.
The touch of coconut oil ensures a perfect melt while the drizzle of peanut (or any nut!) butter, combined with flakey sea salt, balances sweetness with a salty kick. Not only is this treat tasty and decadent, but it can be stored for up to three months, making it an ideal freezer-ready dessert.
What You Need for Chocolate Quinoa Crisps
Quinoa: Quinoa is the star of this recipe, adding a nutritious twist to the conventional chocolate bark. When toasted, quinoa becomes crispy, giving the chocolate bark a delightful crunch, while also adding a boost of protein and fiber.
Dark chocolate chips: Dark chocolate is the primary base that holds all the ingredients together in this bark.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil helps in melting the chocolate to a smooth consistency. It also adds a subtle hint of tropical flavor, complementing the dark chocolate and ensuring the mixture remains pliable enough to mix with the quinoa.
Peanut butter: Peanut butter offers a creamy contrast to the crispiness of the toasted quinoa and the richness of the dark chocolate.
Flakey sea salt: The flakey sea salt enhances the sweetness of the chocolate and peanut butter while also acting as a flavor amplifier. Don’t skip it!
Toast Quinoa Properly: Ensure the quinoa is spread out evenly on the baking sheet for consistent toasting. Tossing it periodically will help it brown evenly and prevent burning. Properly toasted quinoa adds a delightful crunch to the crisps.
Monitor Melted Chocolate: When microwaving chocolate, always use short bursts and stir frequently. Chocolate can easily burn or seize if overheated. If you prefer, you can also melt the chocolate using a double boiler method, which gives you more control over the heat.
Setting the Crisps: Ensure the chocolate quinoa mixture is spread out and compressed slightly, so everything sticks together after freezing. This helps you get bark-like pieces once it’s set.
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Substitutions & Variations
Cooked Quinoa: If you’re out of quinoa or looking for a different texture, you could use puffed rice or puffed amaranth. They’ll still give you a crispy texture but with a slightly different taste.
Dark Chocolate Chips: You can replace these with milk chocolate or white chocolate chips, depending on your taste preference. Semi-sweet chocolate chips are also a good choice if you want a middle ground between dark and milk chocolate.
Peanut Butter: Almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, or tahini can be used in place of peanut butter. Choose one that complements the flavor profile you’re aiming for.
Flavor Variations: This recipe is quite versatile. Consider adding dried fruits, seeds, or even a sprinkle of chili flakes if you like a hint of heat with your chocolate.
How to Cook Quinoa
Looking for perfectly cooked quinoa? This guide will walk you through all our favorite ways to cook quinoa in your own kitchen.
3tablespoonspeanut butterany kind of nut butter works
1teaspoonflakey sea salt
Preheat the oven to 450ºF and line a half sheet pan with parchment paper.
Spread the quinoa over the parchment paper. Bake the for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown, tossing every 5-7 minutes. How long the quinoa takes to brown will be determined by the temperature of the quinoa, if the quinoa is wet, and the oven used.
When the quinoa is golden brown and crispy, remove it from the oven and let it cool. Set aside.
Add the chocolate chips and coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave the chocolate chips for 30-second increments until melted, stirring every 30 seconds.
When the chocolate is glossy and melted, fold the crispy quinoa into the chocolate until coated.
Spread the chocolate quinoa evenly over the same lined sheet pan, being sure that all the quinoa is touching. Drizzle the nut butter on top of the chocolate and sprinkle the sea salt on top of the nut butter.
Transfer the sheet pan to the freezer to set for at least 30 minutes.
When the quinoa mixture is hard, break it apart into small pieces and store it in an airtight freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Tips & Notes
Any type of chocolate can be used in place of dark chocolate.
You can prepare the quinoa yourself or buy precooked quinoa at the grocery store.
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