Healthy Dessert: Quinoa Brittle

Quinoa Brittle Recipe

Who doesn’t love a healthier dessert, right? Yes, this still has sugar, but it’s in the forms of coconut sugar and maple syrup, a major change from High Fructose Corn Syrup. This recipe is delicious and is fantastic as a dessert on it’s own with a little coconut ice cream or as a simple table item during the holidays or for a special occasion.

The Minimalist Baker’s recipe for Quinoa Brittle was our first test of this type of brittle and we loved it! Enjoy the recipe below (and a link at the end of the post to the recipe).

Quinoa brittle is a healthy dessert option.

Quinoa Brittle

Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 25 mins | Total Time: 30 mins

7-ingredient Quinoa Brittle naturally sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar, and it’s butter-free! Crispy, crunchy, nutritious – a healthier dessert or snack!
Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 10

Quinoa Brittle Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (92 g) uncooked white quinoa
  • 3/4 cup (75 g) pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup (22.5 g) rolled oats
  • 2 Tbsp (24 g) chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp (24 g) coconut sugar
  • optional: pinch sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) maple syrup

Try quinoa brittle for a healthy dessert option.

Quinoa Brittle Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, ensuring it covers the entire surface and all the edges (to prevent spill over).
  2. Add quinoa, pecans, oats, chia seeds, coconut sugar, and salt (optional) to a mixing bowl – stir to combine.
  3. To a small saucepan, add coconut oil and maple syrup. Warm over medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally until the two are totally combined and there is no visible separation.
  4. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir to thoroughly combine and coat. Arrange on parchment-lined baking sheet and spread into an even layer with a metal spoon. Try to get it as even as possible, or the edges will burn and the center won’t crisp up (see photo).
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the pan around to ensure even browning. Bake 5-10 minutes more and watch carefully as to not burn. You’ll know it’s done when uniformly deep golden brown in color and very fragrant. The edges may appear to be getting too brown, but they’re just getting crisp and caramelized, so don’t be afraid of that!
  6. Let cool completely before breaking into bite-size pieces with a sharp knife or your fingers.
  7. Once completely cooled, store leftovers in a sealed bag or container at room temperature for 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 1 month. This makes an excellent holiday dessert or gift!
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 10 total servings.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 pieces (of 20 total) Calories: 157 Fat: 9.6 g Saturated fat: 3.1 g Carbohydrates: 17.2 g Sugar: 7.5 g Sodium: 25 mg Fiber: 2.4 g Protein: 2.9 g
View Recipe on Minimalist Baker Website: Quinoa Brittle
2016-07-15T18:20:31+00:00 July 15th, 2016|desserts|

About the Author:

Margot Rutigliano Whatley is the creator and owner of Vita Vie Retreat. She is a Certified Personal Trainer of 15 years, a Certified Nutrition Coach and a natural living expert. Vita Vie Retreat is a fitness retreat and active getaway for women and men wanting to refresh body + mind. Our blog is a source for information and inspiration about health, nutrition, wellness and fitness. Enjoy!