These little morsels are so named because they are rolled, and no, these will not get you a date nor would I suggest bringing them on a first date. Not because these aren't scrummy (that’s scrumptious and yummy combined), but because "healthy" baking should always be treated warily. You must already have a well established relationship with that person, preferably have treated them to some normal sugary delicious desserts so that they understand that you understand what a dessert "should" be, and can trust your taste buds when you then try to sell them on your spinach-spirolina-turmeric-kale-ginger-wasabi-moringa bars that are also dairy-free and refined-sugar free. Whew, I'm out of breath. But that relationship is important. So if I've never eaten anything that you've made before, know that I might distrust you at first, in the most genial way possible. And you should distrust me, until I gain your trust.
Also understand what your taste preferences are, and if you don't like healthy desserts, well then, may I ask why are you reading this particular recipe? May I kindly redirect you to this decadent Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle? Or if you don't like dates, we might have a problem. But if you like healthy desserts, or are exploring in this arena, then you probably know what you're getting yourself into. The quinoa provides protein and grains, the almonds provide good fats and more protein, while the dates give sweetness and carbs and coconut brings flavor to the party.
So now, using your own best judgment, allow me to introduce my friends, the Quinoa Coconut Date Rolls.
Recipe adapted from Skinny Ms.
Quinoa Coconut Date Rolls
Makes about 10-12 rolls
1/3 cup dry quinoa
2/3 cup water
12 whole dates
1/2 cup almonds
1/3 cup grated unsweetened coconut, plus more for rolling
2-3 tsp water
1/4 cup chocolate chips, optional
Combine quinoa and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until all the water is absorbed. Set aside to cool completely. If you already have quinoa made, you'll need about 1 cup.
Place dates in a food processor and blend until they stick together in a ball. Add the almonds, coconut, and quinoa; pulse until well combined. Add water, if necessary, until the mixture holds together. Shape into balls or roll. Place extra coconut on a plate and roll the rolls around until completely covered in coconut.
*Optional: Heat chocolate chips over a double boiler or in the microwave for 30 second bursts, until melted. Drizzle chocolate over rolls.
Store in an airtight container for up to a week, or freeze.
For a chunkier roll, process for a shorter period of time.
These rolls are also delicious if you add a 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. They could become autumnal if you add cinnamon along with a dash of nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. Yum!