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Nutty Two-Bite Quinoa Treats

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We can’t get enough of this puffed quinoa treat! Not only will this deliciously addictive protein-packed snack keep your energy up throughout the day but they’re also quick and easy to make (bonus!).

Prep Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Yield: 25 squares


  • 70 g / 3 cups puffed quinoa
  • 71 g / 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 37 g / 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 40 g / 3 tbsp toasted sesame seeds (white or black)
  • 42 g / 3 tbsp Crystal margarine
  • 60 ml / 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 45 ml / 3 tbsp honey
  • 26 g / 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 5 ml / 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 g / 1/4 tsp fine sea salt


  1. Grease and line an 8 x 8 inch (20 x 20 centimetre) square baking pan with parchment paper. Leave a 2 inch (5 centimetre) parchment overhang on either side (for easy unmolding).
  2. In a large bowl, toss the puffed quinoa, toasted hazelnuts, chia seeds, and toasted sesame seeds together. Set aside.
  3. dry ingredients

  4. In a microwaveable bowl, heat the Crystal margarine at 10 second intervals until fully melted. Stir in the maple syrup, honey, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt until fully combined.
  5. mixing

    mixing cocoa and wet ingredients

  6. Pour the wet ingredients over the puffed quinoa and mix until thoroughly coated. Press and smooth into the prepared pan. Place into the freezer for at least 1 hour, or until set. Cut into 25 squares.
  7. adding wet to dry ingredients pressing into tin

    slicing the treats

Chef Notes

  • Puffed quinoa can be found in most health or bulk food store.
  • Hemp seeds, or any type of seed, may be substituted for the chia seeds.
  • For a more intense cocoa flavour, substitute 1/4 cup (30 grams) of cocoa nibs, in place of the hazelnuts.

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