Salted Quinoa Almond Fudge Cups

By Matt Kadey | Aug. 29, 2016, 2:24 p.m. (ET)

Salted Quinoa Almond Fudge Cups

Every good deed deserves a reward. So after a health-boosting workout, why not luxuriate in some fudge? Of course, this version has more of what you need to recover well than any typical store-bought fudge. Case in point: I’ve worked in some protein powder, banana and quinoa puffs for extra recovery protein and carbohydrates.

Dairy-free, Freezer-friendly, Gluten-free, Vegan or Vegetarian
Servings: 12
Active Time: 20 min.

No mini-muffin tray? You can also mold the fudge in lightly greased ice cube trays. You may need to use a butter knife to unmold the set fudge pieces.

1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup protein powder
1/3 cup softened coconut oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 medium-sized ripe banana
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup quinoa puffs
1 teaspoon flaky salt, such as fleur de sel or Maldon

Place almond butter, protein powder, coconut oil, cocoa powder, maple syrup, banana, vanilla and cinnamon in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Pulse in quinoa puffs.

Divide mixture among 24 silicone mini-muffin cups or paper-lined metal mini-muffin cups. Sprinkle salt over tops. Place tray in freezer until set, about 1 hour. The fudge cups will remain fairly soft and won’t freeze solid. Unmold fudge cups and keep in an airtight container or zip-top bag in the freezer for up to 1 month. They can also be transported to an event in a cooler.

Game Changers: Swap out almond butter for peanut butter + Sweeten with brown rice syrup or honey instead of maple syrup + Replace quinoa puffs with other small cereal puffs, such as millet

Nutrition Data per Serving
Calories: 177
Protein: 7 g
Fat: 13 g
Carbs: 13 g
Fiber: 1 g
Sodium: 197 mg

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Republished with permission of VeloPress from “Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports and Adventure” by Matt Kadey, RD. See more recipes at

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and not necessarily the practices of USA Triathlon. Before starting any new diet or exercise program, you should check with your physician and/or coach.