Healthier Fudge Bars

Healthier fudge bars recipe

I am always on the lookout for quick easy snacks to have on hand.  I have been experimenting with various granola bar type snacks for a while now.  Recently, I have been playing around, combining different recipes and came up with this.  They taste like similar to fudge, but are much healthier.  Or at least not as bad as traditional fudge!

Healthier Fudge Bars

1 cup pitted, unsweetened dates

1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup cooked quinoa*, cooled
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup chocolate chips
pinch of salt

  1. Put all ingredients in a food processor.  
  2. Blend until ground finely and mixture begins to stick together.  About a minute or 2.
  3. Line a loaf pan with cereal bag liner or waxed paper.  
  4. Put mixture into loaf pan and press firmly into pan with another piece of cereal bag (or waxed paper)
  5. Chill in the refrigerator for about 10 mins.  Cut into 12 bars.

You can keep these in the refrigerator or the freezer.  They are great to add to lunches straight from the freezer.  They thaw really quickly.

* To cook quinoa – place quinoa  in a pot with water in a 1:2 ratio – 1 part quinoa, 2 parts water.  Bring to a boil, turn down heat and simmer for about 15 mins.  Let the quinoa cool completely before using in this recipe.  I normally cook 1/3 cup dry quinoa and end up with about a 1 cup cooked.

Using an online nutrition calculator, each serving has the following:

Calories – 127

Total Fat – 4.8 g
Dietary Fiber – 3 g
Sugars – 10.2 g
Protein – 3 g

It seems like a lot of fat and calories for such a small bite.  But consider what a piece of actual fudge has!!!!  It’s like triple.

I have been experimenting with other flavor combinations as well.  More are coming soon!

What are your favorite snacks?

This post has been shared at Monday ManiaFugal Tuesday TipTeach Me Tuesday,  Living Green TuesdaysFrugal Days Sustainable WaysGood Eatin’ Recipe Hop, Penny Pinching Party, Super Link Party, Healthy 2D Wednesday, Weekend Link Up Party, Snacktime Saturday, Simply Natural Saturdays.

10 Responses to Healthier Fudge Bars

  1. Kelley Johnsen October 3, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Oh my goodness! This looks like nothing but delicious goodness! I am making this soon! I just need to pick up some dates and I am good to go! Thank you!

    • Kristina (The Greening Of Westford) October 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

      They are soooo good Kelley. My daughters love them! They are a nice little bit of chocolate with relatively low sugar and fat, considering I’d probably reach for a piece of chocolate instead.

  2. Earning-My-Cape October 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    Looks yummy!
    I need to explore cooking with quinoa more… I tried it a while back, but never went back to it. I think this would be a good start! 😉
    Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party!

  3. JDaniel4's Mom October 8, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    This sounds wonderful! I haven’t cooked much with quinoa, but it looks like it is a great snack.

  4. Debra Worth October 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    Quinoa? Now I am incredibly curious. They look tasty. Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2Day Wednesday! Hope to see you back this week.

  5. Margaux at YoungNesters October 12, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    What an interesting recipe. I love sweet snacks but I really need to supplement the cookies for something a little healthier hehe. Thanks for sharing at Snacktime Saturday.

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