Date and Quinoa Squares

11 Reviews
100% would make this recipe again

Preparation : 15 min Cooking : 30 min Standing : 4 h Cooking Dish : 23x23cm (9x9 inch)
320 calories/serving
  • Can be done in advance
  • Can be frozen
  • Easy
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Kid-friendly


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

per 1 Serving (80 g)


% Daily Value




19 g

29 %

Saturated 2.4 g
+ Trans 0.1 g

13 %


0 mg


10 mg

1 %


36 g

12 %


3 g

12 %


23 g

Net Carbs

33 g


4 g

Vitamin A

19 %

Vitamin C

9 %


4 %


13 %


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


1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches ½
Fruits 1
Fats 3 ½
Other Foods 1

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11 Reviews (10 with rating only ) 100% would make this recipe again
Lise R.
march 07, 2015 | I would make this recipe again

Delicious but I round it vers greasy.Will try with less margarine net time

Useful 1

This recipe is in the following categories

Fruits | Desserts | Low Sodium | Halal | Kosher | Vegan | Source of Omega-3 | Vegetarian | High Vitamin D | Bake | Christmas | Canadian

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Lise R.
march 07, 2015 | I would make this recipe again

Delicious but I round it vers greasy.Will try with less margarine net time

Useful 1

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