Dark Chocolate Trail Mix Balls… WOW

by zesty on May 7, 2012 · 17 comments

It is treat time.

I Love these balls.

Ever have one?  Want to try one?

Honestly 6 different people ate one of these balls and all loved them!  Is that really the ingredients or the hands that made them…. let’s go with the ingredients.  Read on.

Not all indulgence has to be “over the top”.  Take a look at this Dark Chocolate Trail Mix ball with Quinoa.  Action packed with super foods yet rich and tasty like a 5 star dessert.  By combining certain flavors such as hint of sea salt, dark chocolate and the sweetness of the dried cherries – you end up with a party ball in your mouth that will have you hopping.  These were so good, I literally thought about selling these so everyone could eat them.


Dark Chocolate Trail Mix Balls


  • 1 cup old fashioned or quick-cooking oats, dry
  • 3/4 Cup Quinoa, cooked
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 scoops Protein powder, bulk barn brand
  • 1/3 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries, raisins or cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. Almond Butter, optional
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey


  1. Fluff and scoop quinoa into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add sunflower seeds, protein powder, oats, dried cherries and coconut to quinoa and mix well. Bring honey to a simmer on the stove then stir in the vanilla extract and almond butter and pour on top of nuts and seeds. Mix until well combined.
  3. Let mixture cool before adding the chocolate chips, peanut butter and sea salt. Mix well with your hands so the peanut butter is evenly dispersed but be careful not to melt the chocolate chips!
  4. Using wet hands, gently roll mixture into golf ball-sized balls. I made 12.
  5. Place balls on a plate
  6. Let chill for 2 Hours before eating – very tricky to do but worth the wait
  7. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip:  You could change the flavor profile but using maple syrup for honey if you so desire and of course change the dried cherries with cranberries, raisins or whatever floats your boat.  This is also a great way to use up some leftover quinoa.

Alright, I have a list as long as my arm to take care of today so I am getting right to work.  Have a super Monday and talk on Wednesday.

Take care


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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carolyn

Hey, you have 2 scoops of protein powder listed twice. This recipe calls for 4 scoops of protein powder??


2 zesty

Hey Carolyn, No that is just me being a goof…. just two scoops. Updated the recipe.



3 Kathleen Richardson

I like this one! Will have to borrow some protein powder from my son or SIL ’cause isn’t that the stuff that comes in the huge containers? Anyways, Zesty, this recipe sounds super. Maybe just the thing for my grandsons on the nights they have Little League practice and games. Thanks for your continued good ideas.


4 SynergyFitNut

Hey Kathleen! I just wanted to let you know that you can buy protein powder isolate in bulk from the bulk barn. This is a much more affordable way to purchase it as you can just buy what you need. Also the powder at the bulk barn is a great product as it is not full of added fillers and supplements; it is just whey (the protein found in milk) protein isolate. Hope this helps! This trail mix balls are unreal and a very convenient healthy option!


5 Kathleen Richardson

Hi Cory ~ Take a look at my latest blog post and you’ll see that your Dark Chocolate Trail Mix Balls are featured as are links to your site. And you’ll see that I used a Hemp Protein Powder (hmmm!) The grandsons loved them!



6 Spencer

How good do they look? I reckon I would eat about 50 of them in one sitting!


7 zesty

Thanks Spencer – they are pretty tasty!


8 Carolyn

Made these on Friday and they are soooo good. Will definitely be doing this one again, and again…..


9 Judi

Just made these…had a little sample. WOW. Great snack. Freezing them and taking them on a dive trip!! Perfect. Thanks


10 zesty

Thanks Judi


11 Christina

Now I know of another way to use up quinoa. Nice!


12 Vespa Woolf

I love the idea of this healthy snack, plus I’m always looking for ways to use our abundance of quinoa. Thanks!


13 zesty

Glad to hear that Vespa! You and I alike – so much quinoa to use up.


14 Kayla

Okay, so I’ve never used quinoa and am a little intimidated by it. How do I cook it? When I googled it, I couldn’t figure out how to cook it to make it come out to a 3/4 C? Thanks!


15 Peggy

Hello: I have made this recipe two times. The balls will not stick together. Looks like I’m making granola. Tastes great.
What I’m I doing wrong? Need some suggestions. Thanks.


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