I’m sure we’ve all got a ton of dates leftover from Ramadan. Put them to good use and make a batch of this easy date fudge! It’s only a handful of ingredients and anybody could do it.
-1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
-1/2 cup toasted quinoa
-1/4 cup coconut flakes
-3 tablespoons water
-2 tablespoons cocoa powder (I used black cocoa powder but you can use regular dark cocoa)
1.) Pit your dates if they are not already pitted.
2.) In a medium sized skillet, toast the quinoa on medium heat for about 3-4 minutes. Do not use cooked quinoa as the raw quinoa is what gives the fudge the texture we are looking for. The quinoa will pop (just like popcorn) and start changing colors to a caramel/light brown hue. Be sure to stir and keep an eye on it as you do not want it to burn.
3.) In a grinder, grind the quinoa until it becomes a fine powder. I have a manual hand held grinder which did a great job and ground the quinoa super fine.
4.) Combine the toasted quinoa powder, coconut, the pitted dates, the cocoa powder and the coconut oil into a blender and blend until well incorporated.
5.) Finally, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until the fudge has formed into a desirable texture. I typically stop after the 3rd tablespoon of water but you can add a little more if you’d like.
6.) Line a small tupperware or tray with plastic wrap and press the fudge in.
7.) Freeze for about 4 hours.
8.) Remove from freezer and cut into bite size pieces.
Note 1- You can add other dried fruit into this fudge if you’d like. I just really like coconut and think it compliments the dates really well.
Note 2: You can add a bit of sea salt on top of the fudge before you freeze it. It adds a saltiness to the sweetness of the fudge and gives a nice balance.
Note 3: This fudge will last months in the freezer. Just be sure to keep it in an air-tight container so it doesn’t get freezer burnt and you will have a healthy dessert on hand whenever you need to satisfy that sweet tooth.