As the summer weather heats up, we’re spending more time in the sun – and (hopefully) less time slaving over a hot kitchen stove. We find ourselves reaching for recipes that require as little cooking as possible, dishes that can be served hot or cold, and treats that pack easily for on-the-go snacking.
Tasty, portable and packed with ancient grain nutrition, the following quinoa snacks are perfect for summer adventures. Whip up a bunch to take along to your next outdoor concert, backyard picnic, camping trip… You get the idea.
Spiced Apricot, Orange & Quinoa Muesli Bars, My Darling Lemon Thyme
These delicious bars are free of gluten and dairy, but packed with complex flavor and hearty ancient grains. Quinoa flakes and puffed millet provide the base while shredded coconut, cinnamon and orange zest strike a perfect balance between sweet and spicy.
Cherry Banana Quinoa Smoothie, Cooking Quinoa
For those mornings when you just don’t have time to sit down and enjoy a leisurely breakfast, this smoothie has got all your bases covered: Tart cherry juice and creamy banana are a wonderful flavor combination. Meanwhile, quinoa flakes, almond milk and ground flax seeds provide the nutritional power needed to start your day off right. Pour into a travel thermos, and you’re good to go!
Sesame Quinoa Spring Rolls, The Healthy Haven Blog
A savory addition to this recipe round-up, these spring rolls are great to bring to a party or casual picnic with friends. They’re easier to make than you might think, and best enjoyed chilled or at room temperature. Best of all, they are full of hearty red quinoa (try them with our award-winning Inca Red) and seriously delicious.
Chocolate Quinoa Snack Balls, Food Confidence
What if you combined the decadent sweetness of a truffle with the hearty nutrition content of a healthy homemade snack? Well, you might just wind up with something like these snack balls! They’re easy to make, easy to take, and full of tempting ingredients: dark chocolate chips, maple syrup, dried cherries, sunflower seeds… Need we go on?
Gluten-Free Quinoa Thins, Queen of Quinoa
The humble cracker gets a makeover with this tasty (and surprisingly easy) recipe. Made with a blend of quinoa and millet flours, these crispy ancient grain treats have also got plenty of dried herbs, garlic, and some raw honey for a bit of contrasting sweetness. Top them with cheese, slather them with hummus, or simply enjoy them on their own.
Mocha Quinoa Crunch Bar, Love & Zest
If you still don’t believe that quinoa can be great in a dessert, then you have to try these crispy and chocolatey treats. They have only four ingredients (quinoa, chocolate, coffee and vanilla) and they take just a few minutes to make. Stored in an airtight container, they’ll keep for a while – or as long as you can keep your hands off of them!