Date and Quinoa Squares

Date and Quinoa Squares

16 servings
Preparation 15 min
Cooking 30 min

Standing 4 h

320 calories per serving 
Cooking dish: 23x23cm (9x9 inch)


  parchment paper    
50 pitted dates, chopped   2 1/4 cups
1 cup orange juice   250 mL
1 1/3 cup margarine non-hydrogenated   300 g
1 cup brown sugar, or sucanat (unrefined sugar)   200 g
3/4 cup almonds, finely ground   100 g
200 g quinoa flakes   2 cups

Before you start

A mill or food processor will be very useful to finely grind the almonds. A hand-held or stand mixer will make things easier for this recipe.


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F. Line the baking dish with parchment paper and grease the sides with a little margarine.
  2. Put the dates in a saucepan with the orange juice. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and cook until the dates are softened, about 8 min. Remove from the heat and let cool down.
  3. Meanwhile, in a bowl, cream the margarine with the brown sugar or sucanat using a mixer. Pulse the almonds in a food processor until finely ground, then add them to the mixture. Fold in the quinoa flakes and mix well.
  4. Put half of the mixture into the baking dish, spreading it evenly and pressing firmly. Put the dates on top of the mixture, then layer the remaining mixture over the dates.
  5. Bake in the middle of the oven until the topping is golden, about 30 min.
  6. Take the dish out of the oven and let it cool down completely (about 4 hours or overnight) before unmolding. Cut into 16 square pieces then serve.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (80g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




19 g

29 %

Saturated 2.5 g
+ Trans 0.1 g

13 %


0 mg


15 mg

1 %


36 g

12 %


3 g

12 %


23 g


4 g

Vitamin A

20 %

Vitamin C

8 %


4 %


15 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: ¾ serving
Grain Products: ¾ serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: ¼ serving

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Low :
Source of :
Copper, Fibre, Folacin, Iron, Niacin, Omega-3, Omega-6, Phosphorus, Potassium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Zinc
Good source of :
Magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamin K
Excellent source of :
Manganese, Vitamin D, Vitamin E

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This recipe is in the following categories: Fruits | Desserts | Halal | High Vitamin D | Kosher | Low Sodium | Source of Omega-3 | Vegan | Vegetarian | Bake | Christmas | Canadian

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