I do not think that you should have to spend hours in front of the stove to make something delicious. I do not think you should have to bother with candy thermometers and boiling sugar just to have candy. I think it can be easier. And better for you. Which is exactly what this recipe for quinoa fudge is all about. It’s quick. It’s easy. It only takes 5 ingredients. No boiling. No waiting for sugar to caramelize. And yet still every bit as delicious.

5-Ingredient Quinoa Fudge [Gluten-Free]



  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 8 Medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 3-4 tablespoons water
  • Flaked sea salt (optional)


  1. In a dry skillet, toast the quinoa on medium heat until it begins to pop and is fragrant, about 1 - 2 minutes. Toss it a few times to ensure even toasting.
  2. Add quinoa to a high-powered blender and blend on high until it resembles the texture of flour. Transfer to a food processor.
  3. Add dates, cocoa powder and coconut oil. Process until combined.
  4. With processor running, add water 1 tablespoon at a time until a dough has formed.
  5. Line a small container (sandwich-sized works great) with plastic wrap. Press dough into container and smooth with hands. Sprinkle with sea salt (if using).
  6. Place in freezer for 3-4 hours until set.
  7. Remove from freezer, a cut into small, 1/2-inch squares. Store in freezer.


Adapted from Rawmanda


Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 1017 | Total Carbs: 210 g | Total Fat: 19 g | Total Protein: 19 g | Total Sodium: 8 g | Total Sugar: 128 g Calculation not including flaked sea salt. Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.