Chocolate Quinoa Snack Balls

What do you get when you mix quinoa with chocolate?

You get people going crazy for these delicious no-bake chocolate quinoa snack balls!

For Meatless Monday this week I posted a photo on my Facebook page of these quinoa snack balls I had made the day before. Well, this post went as “viral” as I’m probably ever going to get in this lifetime.  I tell you, people go crazy for quinoa! These delicious little snack balls are a mix of chocolate and quinoa with dried cherries and oatmeal. They are my favorite treat to whip up when I’ve made a little too much quinoa. I store them in the fridge and enjoy 1-2 in the afternoon with some tea. They are the perfect pick-me-up!

Since I got over 40 “shares” of this recipe, I thought the least I could do was share how I made them with you, my awesome blog readers.   🙂


Here’s the recipe, enjoy!

Chocolate Quinoa Snack Balls

Yield: 10-12 balls


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  1. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, sunflower seeds, oats, dried fruit, and unsweetened coconut, mix well.
  2. Then add maple syrup, vanilla extract and almond butter to bowl, mix again until well combined. Then add your dark chocolate chips and sea salt.
  3. Mix well again until just combined.
  4. Using wet hands, gently roll mixture into golf ball-sized balls.
  5. Let chill for 2 hours before eating!
  6. Store in fridge.

24 replies
  1. Anne Smyers
    Anne Smyers says:

    I didn’t have any chocolate chips so mixed in some cocoa powder instead – they’re great! Husband and daughter thought so too – high praise!

  2. Chandan
    Chandan says:

    Hi Danielle,

    I have a question. When you say “oats,” what kind are referring to? Do they have to be cooked?

    Thanks for your help!

  3. Chandan
    Chandan says:

    I tried making the recipe (I followed the steps) and unfortunately I couldn’t roll the mixture into golf balls – the mixture kept falling apart; there wasn’t a sticky consistency to it like how the picture is. A friend of mine tried to make the Chocolate Quinoa Snack Balls as well and the same thing happened to her.

    Your help would be really appreciated it!


  4. Danielle Omar
    Danielle Omar says:

    Hi there, you may have cooked the quinoa longer than I did and it was not as moist? If the balls don’t stick together, you either need to squeeze them a lot harder to make them stick or use more of the almond butter binder. Increase the almond butter and see if that helps!

  5. butterfly
    butterfly says:

    hi! These sound fantastic!!! Just wanted to know if you have ever made them without oats? Do you thing coconut flakes or quinoa flakes could be used instead of the oats or any suggestions?
    Thank you so much for your wonderful recipes!

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