“Chocolate and caramel quinoa brownies”

Every Sunday, without fail, you will find me in the kitchen prepping our meals (or parts of our meals) for the week ahead.

I make our protein and our carbs in bulk so it literally becomes a matter of throwing everything together in the week. It’s such a time saver and is a huge secret to dieting success…

I recently decided to make quinoa in bulk as I thought it would be a nice change to have quinoa for lunch instead of rice. To be quite honest, I completely forgot about the tupperware of quinoa and only after a few days did I remember it was on the bottom shelf of our fridge.

I wasn’t too sure what to do with it and I didn’t want it going bad so I decided to bake with it…I thought I would challenge myself by making these vegan as well. I’m so excited because somehow they worked and are something that I’m going to be making on the regular.

Enjoy this simple recipe.

Chocolate and caramel quinoa brownies


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 TBS cocoa
  • 3 TBS coconut flour
  • 3/4 cup pitted dates, heated for 30 seconds
  • 2 TBS ground flaxseed
  • 1 sachet of baby food of choice- I lived Rhodes butternut, carrot and sweet potato otherwise 1/2 cup pumpkin purée or apple sauce
  • 3 TBS coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 TBS vanilla essence


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with some tinfoil. Spray the tinfoil with cooking spray.

  2. Add the quinoa and dates to a food processor or blender and blend for 20 to 30 seconds (the dates won’t chop up properly but that’s what we want)

  3. Add the almond milk, water, coconut oil and vanilla and blend for a further 30 seconds.

  4. Add the remainder of the ingredients and blend for 45 to 60 seconds.

  5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tray (the mixture will be very thick)

  6. Top with some chopped dates and bake for 40 to 45 minutes (I find that vegan baking takes a little longer)

  7. Allow the brownies to cool fully before slicing.

  8. Store in an airtight container.



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