Lemon Quinoa Bites

Typically, quinoa is used as a savory base in recipes, but it’s also versatile enough to be used for sweet treats! Instead of going for rich flavors like chocolate, these bites have a light and refreshing lemon flavor.

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Tip! The bites are great as is, but for a little extra protein and texture, try rolling them in hemp hearts.

Reprinted with permission from Vegan Yack Attack’s Plant-Based Meal Prep ©2020.

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About 28 balls


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup dried dates, halved and pitted
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • ¼ cup lemon juice plus 1½ tablespoons zest
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ cup quick-cooking oats


1. Combine quinoa and water in a large pot, cover, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until water is absorbed, 15 to 18 minutes. Leave the cooked quinoa uncovered for 3 minutes, then fluff with a spoon or fork and set aside to cool.

2. Pulse cooled quinoa, dates, and almonds in a food processor equipped with an S-blade until the mixture starts clumping together. Add the lemon juice and zest, agave nectar, and salt and pulse until just incorporated, then transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Fold in the oats and knead until well combined. Chill mixture for 20 minutes, then roll 2-tablespoon (30 g)–sized scoops between dampened palms to form balls. Store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 ball
  • Calories 63
  • Carbohydrate Content 8 g
  • Fat Content 3 g
  • Fiber Content 1 g
  • Protein Content 2 g
  • Sugar Content 3 g