Recipe By: @athomewithastghik
These Spider Energy Bites are so festive and fun to make. Better yet, they’re nutritious and delicious!
- 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 pitted dates, small diced
- 1/8 teaspoon salt, a small pinch
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1/4 cup unsalted organic creamy peanut butter
Ingredients to create the Spiders:
🕷️ Quinoa Peanut Butter Energy Bites recipe
🕷️ Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
🕷️ Pretzels (I created the legs by cutting the curved parts of the pretzel off with a knife)
To melt the chocolate chips
Place chocolate chips in a glass microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 5 (10-second) intervals or until melted - mixing in between each interval. Transfer the melted chocolate to a piping bag and cut a very small part of the tip off, so the opening is small.
Note: there might be some melted chocolate left over. I drizzled the extra melted chocolate over the leftover pretzels.
To prepare the Quinoa Peanut Butter Energy Bites
Note: I recommend using a non-stick saucepan/pot to prevent the quinoa and milk from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- Add the rinsed quinoa, milk, water, and vanilla extract to a small pot or saucepan. Bring to a boil.
- Lower heat to low, cover with a lid, and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa has cooked.
- Turn the heat off, add small diced pitted dates, cover with a lid, and allow the dates to soften with the internal heat for about 10 minutes.
- Transfer the quinoa to a food processor and add the rest of the ingredients (salt, ground cinnamon, maple syrup, ground flaxseed, and peanut butter).
- Blend (while scraping down the sides a couple of times) until the mixture is broken down and combined. The mixture should stick together when pressed between your fingers.
- Carefully remove the blade and transfer the mixture to a bowl.
- Scoop 1 tablespoon of the mixture and form a round disk to resemble the spider’s body. Transfer this to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Continue this until all of the mixture has been used up.
- Add mini-semi chocolate chips for the eyes.
- Use the piping bag (with a small tip or opening) filled with the melted chocolate to drizzle the chocolate over the round disks.
- Add the cutout pretzel pieces to act as the legs.
- Transfer the baking sheet with the spiders to the refrigerator to cool for 1 hour.
- Keep them in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Looking for more festive treat ideas? Get creative with these spooky halloween cookies with royal icing!