Recipe Redux: Chocolate Quinoa Energy Balls

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Ahhh, Fair Week. You have lost your appeal to me. Last week you came to town, lighting up the night and providing the perfect hangout for anybody and everybody.

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I used to look forward to you all year long. To my own elephant ear and Norm’s fries.

To every Wednesday, when Grandma would go to the bingo tent and let my cousin and me ride all day and get to play one game each.

To riding The Zipper nonstop, never getting sick of spinning round and round and feeling like I’m going crashing to the ground.

Even to the animal buildings, that smelled so bad but had the cutest little pigs and ponies.
Those were the days.

chocolate quinoa energy balls

But now I dread fair week. Fair food makes my belly hurt, and I can’t go on rides anymore without wanting to throw up. But not even those reasons are why I can’t wait for the week to be over.

Fair week is always the start of cross country practice. My team works in the grandstand when there is concerts. We usher people to their seats, and when the concert is over, we have to Clean Up.

YUCK. People’s empty beer cups, popcorn bags, pretzel cheese all over my (gloved) hands. Is it that hard to clean up after yourself?! 

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So how does Fair Week relate to these? Well, I don’t get home from cleaning the stands until late —–> get to bed late —–> not wake up in time for a real breakfast before practice —–> pop a few of these babies before my run.

They were a lifesaver! I hate running on a totally empty stomach so these were the perfect fix. I’m not an expert, but I think they have an ideal ratio of carbs/protein/fat. (I totally made that up.)

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Chocolate Quinoa Energy Balls
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 hr 15 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 hr 15 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
  1. 1 cup cooked quinoa
  2. 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  3. 1/3 cup ground flax
  4. 1 tbsp chia seeds
  5. 1/2 cup chocolate peanut butter (I used PB&Co)
  6. 1/3 cup regular peanut butter
  7. 1/4 cup honey
  1. Add all ingredients to a medium to large bowl. Stir until everything is distributed evenly. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Using your hands, form the mixture into ping pong sized balls and place on a plate. Refrigerate until firm for about 2 hours then transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge.
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  1. 1


    Oh no! You were that person to clean up after fairs….ick, that does not sound fun! But a great lesson about life….and you will always have good stories to tell :)

    These do look great, I love the addition of quinoa. These would be a perfect post run snack….if only I hadn’t packed up everything already…..someday :)

    • 2


      Haha… yep, and now I will always respect janitors and the nastiness they go through!

      Good luck on the move! I hope everything works out okay! :)

  2. 5


    Omigosh clean up sounds so bad! I don’t like the fairs nearly as much as I used to, mostly because the food makes my stomach hurt as well. I actually got really sick the morning after a carnival last year, so I’m off funnel cake for a while ๐Ÿ˜‰
    These look really excellent ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. 7


    I used to love going to the fair. Can’t imagine what a nightmare the clean up must be! I’ll have to give these a try, other than breakfast or as a side dish, I haven’t really explored quinoa too much.

  4. 9


    I am literally obsessed with any and all energy bite recipes, and these look delicious! Major plus since I have all the ingredients. :) I will definitely try these out STAT! :)

  5. 15


    Great recipe! I love the idea of using quinoa in this way, though I haven’t tried it yet. My fiance loves going to fairs…and while they were fun while I was little, I’m definitely not into it anymore! Too much yucky food and slobby people everywhere.

  6. 19


    Oof, any fair-carnival-type thing isn’t the place I ever REALLY wanted to be. Especially the ridesโ€ฆ
    But these energy balls look perfect for to-go snacking! I love bite-sized things and nut butter :)

  7. 25


    I LOVE this recipe! Chocolate peanut butter is the perfect addition to the recipe, and I never thought about adding quinoa. I can’t wait to try them this weekend!

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    I made peanut butter energy balls and applesauce ones last week to eat before xc practice, and they are so amazing. Mine were more similar to granola and didn’t have a lot of chocolate, so I’m totally making these this week (I’ll try to remember to Instagram them, but I always end up eating them all before I get the chance :) ) Also, I made your pb banana bread on thursday, and it’s already finished. I seriously took not one picture. So even though I don’t have photographic evidence of me devouring your bread, it was amazing! I’ve missed commenting on your blog! Hopefully I can get this whole senior year thing under control and come around this little slice of the internet more often- it’s one of my favs xx

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      Ahhh woohoo!! So glad you liked it!! But seriously, no pic?! That’s the first thing I do, before I let anybody even think about taking a slice ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve missed you!! But I totally understand how busy you’ve been – I start a week from tomorrow and I have no idea how I’m going to balance everything!

  9. 31


    Aw I’m so sad to hear that fair week had turned into something awful for you :( I hate when lovely child hood things get ruined.
    These balls look super good though! Thanks for the lovely recipe. I hope you’ll make it through the week sweetie :)

  10. 39


    So are these no bake?? The recipe says cook time 2 hours 15 min but the directions don’t say anything about cooking. Just want to clarify so I don’t waste ingredients.

    • 40


      No cooking required! I must have wrote that to include the time in the fridge to make them more firm. Thanks, Tanya!


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