Marcona Kaniwa Quince Bites – Gluten Free Vegan

I have to admit sometimes I get a sweet tooth for something different.
No bake recipe, my sweet tooth isn’t for sugar it’s for something a little sweet like fruit but with a savory bite. Marcona Kaniwa Quice Bites, Gluten Free, Vegan – are perfectly sweet, savory, creamy with a bit of a crunch. I really don’t like to add sugar to my recipes and
lucky for all of us this one doesn’t need it because I used Quince Paste.
The Quince is a relative of Apples and Pears and is a great source for Vitamin A, fiber and iron.
The thing I love most about Quince is that it is naturally high in pectin so it is great to use to stick or bind ingredients together in jams, jellies and paste recipes.
The savory side of this little bite comes from the Marcona Almonds and the Kañiwa grain. Kañiwa, the smaller, red cousin of the famous Quinoa adds protein and structure to this treat.
My love for this combination of ingredients is the inspiration for my little wrapped bites.
I wanted something convenient  to make that I could take in the car in my lunch bag,
when I run errands, or for a picnic. 
Better yet Marcona Kañiwa Quince Bites are no bake, Gluten Free, Vegan.
They also make a really cute gift! 
These Quince and Marcona Almond Bites  are so easy to make!
I wanted something small as a snack that would satisfy hunger but also give a little boost of energy.    The best part is that these little bites are
packed full of flavor, Gluten Free, Vegan, No refined sugar and No Bake!
 Quince Marcona Almond Bites
makes approximately 12 – 14 wrapped pieces with a little extra to enjoy while wrapping.
2 Tbs Organic coconut oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp Matiz Flor de Sal, sea salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp clove
1/8 tsp ginger
4 oz Matiz Marcona Almonds – 2 oz finely chopped, 2 coarse chopped
1/4 cup +1 Tbs **Bob’s Red Mill Certified Gluten Free Quick Oats
1 1/2 cups unsweeted coconut flakes
IF YOU CARE Eco-friendly parchment paper cut into 12- 14, 3 x5 pieces

In a mini food processor, add the Kañiwa grain, Amaranth, Quince Paste, coconut oil, cinnamon, sea salt, nutmeg, clove, ginger, 2 oz Marcona Almonds and 1/4 cup of GF Oats. **If you can not tolerate Gluten Free Oats, please substitute equal amounts of unsalted sunflower seeds in place of GF oats.
Pulse the ingredients for 1-2 minutes, on the chop setting.  Be careful not to over process it longer or it will become too smooth. Remove the mixture from the processor and place into a small mixing bowl.  Add the coarsely chopped Marcona Almonds and 1 Tbs of **GF oats.  Mix well with a spoon by hand. This will add a little more texture or … bite!

Lay out the pieces of parchment paper and place approximately 1 tsp of coconut on the paper.  Use a small spring scoop #100 to measure the paste and place on top of the coconut.  Roll part of the paper over the paste and begin to gently press and roll out.  Pick up the roll and begin to twist the ends in opposite directions as if it were a … please forgive me … a tootsie roll.  Continue until the mixture is all wrapped.  Place into a sealed container in the refrigerator over night to meld the flavors and hold their shape.  Keep these wrapped bites in a container and in the refrigerator until you are ready to snack or share.

I think I love wrapping these little bites as much as unwrapping them!

Pure goodness in every … bite! 
Enjoy!
xoxo
Lisa

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