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Healthy Vegan Lemon Quinoa Bites

Healthy Vegan Lemon Quinoa Bites

These nutritious bites are bursting with fresh lemon flavor.

The petit bites from Jackie Sobon’s new cookbook Vegan Yack Attack’s Plant-Based Meal Prep are perfect as-is, but for a little extra protein and texture, try rolling in hemp hearts.

What you need:

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

What you do:

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, add water and quinoa, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until water is absorbed, about 16 minutes. Leave cooked quinoa uncovered for 3 minutes, then fluff with a fork and set aside to cool.
  2. Into a food processor, add quinoa, dates, and almonds, and pulse until mixture starts clumping together. Add juice, zest, agave, and salt and pulse until just incorporated, then transfer mixture to a large bowl. 
  3. Fold in oats and knead until well combined. Chill mixture for 20 minutes, then roll 2 tablespoon-sized scoops between dampened palms to form balls. Store in refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Photo credit: Jackie Sobon

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