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Easy Chocolate Quinoa Brownies

Not only are they nutritious and delicious these brownies are so easy to make. Perfect for meal planning and those on the go. They’re also gluten free, dairy free, vegan & vegetarian friendly!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time21 mins
Freeze Time15 mins
Total Time56 mins
Servings: 16 Squares

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ Cups Uncooked quinoa
  • 3 Cups Water, boiled
  • 1 ½ Cups Dates, pitted and chopped
  • ½ Cup Desiccated coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon Raw cocoa powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Maple syrup
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Dark chocolate chips (dairy free if required)
  • 2 Tablespoons of coconut milk 
  • ¼ Cup of desiccated coconut for topping 

Instructions

  • To cook the quinoa: rinse the raw quinoa with cold water, transfer to a saucepan and add the boiling water, place on a high heat until it bubbles, then reduce to a simmer for approximately 20 minutes or until the water reduces, stirring occasionally (be sure to stir well as soon the water has evaporated so it doesn’t stick to the pot)
  • Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl, fluff with a fork and allow to cool
  • To a blender add the dates, desiccated coconut and raw cocoa powder and blend until it forms a dough texture
  • Add the date mixture and maple syrup to the quinoa and stir to combine
  • To a heat proof bowl add the chocolate chips and coconut milk and place in the microwave for 1 ½ minutes (alternatively you can place the heat proof bowl over a pot of boiling water and melt the chocolate that way)
  • Add the melted chocolate to the quinoa mixture and stir well to combine
  • Line a small baking tin with parchment paper and transfer the mixture, spread evenly with a spoon and top with the remaining desiccated coconut
  • Place in the freezer for 15 minutes to set
  • Remove from the freezer, cut into squares and enjoy!
  • Note: It stores well in the fridge for 2-3 days 

About the Author 

Laurann has an Honours BSc. Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Nottingham, a Masters in Public Health Nutrition from University College Dublin, is an Associate Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society London, a professional member of the Celiac Society Ireland, is registered with the Institute of Public Health Ireland and fully insured

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