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Chocolate Quinoa Cracker Sandwiches

Decadent Chocolate Quinoa Cracker Sandwiches - A Healthy Dessert Treat

Chocolate Quinoa Cracker Sandwiches

Welcome to another delicious and healthy recipe on my blog! Today, I'm going to make something truly divine - Chocolate Quinoa Cracker Sandwiches. These delightful treats are not only easy to make but also packed with wholesome ingredients. Whether you're a chocolate lover or looking for a guilt-free dessert option, this recipe will surely satisfy your cravings.


Fun Healthy Ingredient Facts:

  1. Raw Cacao: Raw cacao is rich in antioxidants, specifically flavonoids, which have been linked to various health benefits, including improved heart health and reduced inflammation. It also contains minerals such as magnesium, iron, and calcium, which play essential roles in supporting overall health.

  2. Raw Cacao Butter: Cacao butter is the fat extracted from cacao beans and is a good source of healthy saturated fats. These fats, particularly oleic acid, have been associated with promoting good cardiovascular health.

  3. Organic Maple Syrup: Unlike refined sugars, organic maple syrup contains several beneficial antioxidants and minerals like manganese and zinc. It is a more natural sweetener option and has a lower glycemic index, making it a better alternative for managing blood sugar levels.

  4. Lecithin Powder: Lecithin is a type of fat that is essential for the proper functioning of cells. It aids in emulsifying the cacao and cacao butter in this recipe, ensuring a smooth and creamy texture for the chocolate coating.

  5. Non-Alcoholic Organic Vanilla Extract: Aside from adding a delightful flavor, organic vanilla extract contains antioxidants that may help protect against cell damage. It also contributes to a better aroma and taste experience in the recipe.

  6. Sea Salt: Sea salt contains essential minerals like potassium, magnesium, and calcium. While it should be used in moderation, it enhances the flavors in the recipe and provides a better overall taste.

  7. Sunflower Seed Butter: Sunflower seed butter is an excellent alternative to nut butter for those with nut allergies. It is rich in healthy fats, including monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are beneficial for heart health.

  8. Monk Fruit Powdered Sweetener: Monk fruit sweetener is a natural, zero-calorie sweetener derived from the monk fruit. Unlike sugar, it doesn't raise blood sugar levels, making it suitable for individuals with diabetes or those watching their sugar intake.

  9. Puffed Quinoa Crackers: Quinoa is a nutritious whole grain containing protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. Puffed quinoa crackers are a lighter alternative to regular crackers and add a pleasant crunch to the sandwich.

By using these wholesome ingredients, you can indulge in these Chocolate Quinoa Cracker Sandwiches guilt-free! They offer a satisfying dose of antioxidants, healthy fats, and essential nutrients while being a delicious treat for your taste buds. Remember to enjoy them in moderation as part of a balanced diet. So, let's get started!


recipe ingredients

Ingredients:

For the Cacao Coating:

  • 1 cup raw cacao

  • 1 cup melted or grated raw cacao butter

  • 1/3 cup organic maple syrup

  • 1 tsp lecithin powder

  • 1 tsp non-alcoholic organic vanilla extract

  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

For the Sunflower Seed Butter Filling:

  • 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup sunflower seed butter

  • 1 to 2 packets monk fruit powdered sweetener (adjust to taste)

  • Pinch of sea salt

Other:

  • Puffed quinoa crackers (store-bought or homemade)

  • Parchment paper

Instructions:
  • Prepare the Cacao Coating:

    • In a high-speed blender, combine the raw cacao, melted or grated raw cacao butter, organic maple syrup, lecithin powder, organic vanilla extract, and sea salt.

    • Blend the mixture until it becomes super smooth. This rich and velvety chocolate coating will be the perfect compliment to the nutty filling.

  • Create the Sunflower Seed Butter Filling:

    • In a mixing bowl, combine the sunflower seed butter, monk fruit powdered sweetener, and a pinch of sea salt.

    • Mix everything thoroughly until the sweetener is evenly distributed and the filling is smooth and creamy.

  • Assemble the Cracker Sandwiches:

    • Take the puffed quinoa crackers and slice them into rectangles. Ensure that you have an even number of crackers as we will sandwich them together.

    • Spread a generous amount of the sunflower seed butter filling on one side of each cracker.

    • Now, sandwich the crackers together with the filling in the middle, creating delightful cracker sandwiches.

  • Coat with Cacao Mixture:

    • Carefully spread the prepared cacao coating over the top of each cracker sandwich. Ensure that the chocolate covers the entire surface evenly.

  • Freeze and Set:

    • Place the chocolate-covered cracker sandwiches on a parchment-lined tray or plate. The parchment paper will prevent them from sticking.

    • Now, transfer the tray to the freezer and let the chocolate set for about an hour or until it becomes hard.

  • Enjoy!

    • Once the chocolate has hardened, remove the cracker sandwiches from the freezer.

    • Store the Chocolate Quinoa Cracker Sandwiches in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge.

    • Serve these delicious treats to your family and friends, and watch them fall in love with this healthy dessert option!

These Chocolate Quinoa Cracker Sandwiches are a delightful blend of rich cacao and nutty sunflower seed butter, offering a unique combination of flavors and textures. They're perfect for satisfying your sweet cravings without any guilt. Whether you enjoy them as a snack or a dessert, you'll appreciate the goodness of wholesome ingredients in every bite.

Give this recipe a try, and don't forget to share your experience with us. Happy snacking!


Nutrition Facts:

Nutritional values are approximate and may vary based on specific brands and quantities used.

Serving Size: 1 Cracker Sandwich


Amount per Serving:

Calories175

Total Fat13g-

Saturated Fat 8g-

Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg

Sodium 55mg

Total Carbohydrates14g-

Dietary Fiber2g-

Sugars 8g

Protein 2.5g


Serving and Storage Recommendations:

Serving:

  • Serve these delightful Chocolate Quinoa Cracker Sandwiches as a healthy dessert or satisfying snack option.

  • Perfect for gatherings, parties, or as a special treat for yourself or your loved ones.

Storage:

  • To maintain freshness, store the cracker sandwiches in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

  • They can be kept for up to one week, though they're so delicious they might not last that long!

  • For longer-term storage, keep them in the freezer for up to a month. Place parchment paper between layers to prevent sticking.

Enjoy these healthy and scrumptious treats with the goodness of raw cacao and nourishing sunflower seed butter. They'll satisfy your sweet tooth while providing essential nutrients and antioxidants. Don't forget to share your creations and spread the joy of these guilt-free Chocolate Quinoa Cracker Sandwiches with others!


Sources:

For the nutritional information and health benefits of the ingredients, data was gathered from reputable sources such as:

  1. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - FoodData Central: https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/

  2. National Institutes of Health (NIH): https://www.nih.gov/

  3. Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/

  4. Medical News Today: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/


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