If you’re looking for a delicious healthy vegan post-workout snack then I’ve got just the thing- Quinoa Carob Bliss Balls.

This bliss ball recipe uses quinoa, which is a complete protein source and can help to repair your muscles after exercise. It also gives these bites a wonderful cakey texture. The second star ingredient in this recipe is Savvy chocolate flavour organic carob sesame spread. I love it because it’s refined-sugar free, super gooey, chocolatey and deserving of the 😍 emoticon.

It’s also worth pointing out that many other recipes use nuts for protein and substance, but this one it totally nut-free (although it does contain sesame)! It’s also gluten-free and suitable for vegans.  Plus I’ve made it without dates and added raisins for a bit more texture and coconut flour to help it bind.

carob bliss balls with quinoa


Serves: at least 6 balls (it depends how big you make them)
0.2 of your 5-a-day


  • 1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup Savvy organic carob sesame spread: chocolate*
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  1. Pulse together 1 cup quinoa, the Savvy spread and raisins in a blender or food processor. It doesn’t need to be super smooth, but it should be mixed together.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the rest of the quinoa and the coconut flour.
  3. Spread the cacao powder on a plate.
  4. Take 1 – 1.5tbsp of mixture and roll into a ball using your hands
  5. Gently coat the carob bliss ball in cacao by rolling it round the plate.
  6. Store in an air tight container.

Did you know….

Quinoa and carob syrup have a low glycemic index (GI), which means these homemade bliss balls won’t spike your blood sugar as much as one made with dates.

*You could substitute for 1/4 cup tahini, 1/4 cup dark carob syrup and 1 tsp cacao powder, but I haven’t tried this. I’d recommend buying the spread so you can make my Buzz Word Brownies as well!

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