Quinoa Chocolate Drops

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One bite of this superfood candy, and you’ll be hooked. Not only do quinoa chocolate drops taste as good as any sweet, chocolatey candy available, they’re also made with superfoods like quinoa, almonds, dates, and dark chocolate, so they’re good for you, too. If you don’t have access to a food processor, a blender will work with a little more effort.

Other Quinoa Recipes You’ll Love:

Quinoa Protein Bars
Quinoa Almond Joy Bars
Quinoa Banana Berry Smoothie

Quinoa Chocolate Drops

A candy worthy of your notice, this delectable bite is made with superfoods such as dark chocolate and dates and will have you ignoring the candy aisle at the store.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Universal
Keyword: Gluten-Free, Holiday, Kid-Friendly, Plant-Based
Servings: 24 people
Calories: 154kcal
Author: Gale Compton


  • 1/3 cup quinoa pre-rinsed
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 16 dates whole, pitted, no sugar added
  • 1/2 cup almonds raw, with skin
  • 1/3 cup natural crunchy peanut butter optional, almond butter or SunButter
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips


  • Add quinoa and water to a small saucepan, cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook approximately 12-15 minutes, or until all water has been absorbed. Quinoa should still be warm when adding to the ingredients below.
  • Add to a food processor or high powered blender, add dates, and pulse until they form a ball. Remove dates and place in a medium mixing bowl. Add almonds to the food processor and pulse until finely minced. Be careful not to turn the almonds into mill.
  • Add dates (ball), minced almonds, peanut butter and warm quinoa to the food processor and pulse until ingredients are well combined. Add chocolate chips and pulse until combined and chips are melted into the mixture.
  • Return ingredients to the mixing bowl, shape into 24 - 1" drops or balls. Roll drops in crushed almonds if desired. Place on a dish, refrigerate until set.


The fats in our Quinoa Chocolate Drops are healthy fats primarily from the almonds. The calories are mostly from the superfood dates, which is one of nature's sweetest foods.


Serving: 1drop | Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2.9g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 20mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5

If you love quinoa and it’s versatility, check out The New Quinoa E-book ~ An Alternative to Traditional Recipes.

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24 Comments on "Quinoa Chocolate Drops"

  1. Carrie  August 20, 2013

    These sound wonderful! Could they be made with cashew butter and cashews instead? I am allergic to almonds and peanuts.

    • Skinny Ms.  August 21, 2013

      Carrie, Definitely!! Cashew butter and cashews work great as well.

  2. Deanna  August 23, 2013

    I have found one MAJOR flaw in this recipe…I can't eat just one! I think I ate six in one sitting! At 154 calories a pop, that can't be good! They were yummy…too yummy!

  3. Lisab  August 23, 2013

    Is there another dry fruit option for the daters?

    • 3V_Admin  August 25, 2013

      Yes, figs, raisins, prunes, and other dried fruits.

    • SkinnyMs  March 3, 2014

      There really is no great dried substitute for dates, because they act as a binder as well as a sweetener here. That said, you can try a mix of honey and more nut butter.

  4. beth  August 30, 2013

    how would you substitute oatmeal for the quinoa? would it need to be cooked as well?

    • Skinny Ms.  August 31, 2013

      Beth, I’m not sure how oatmeal would work. No, you wouldn’t use cooked oatmeal. Try increasing the peanut butter by 2 tablespoons and use 1/3 cup dry old-fashioned oats. 🙂

  5. Jamie  September 9, 2013

    OMG… Is all I can say. I have tried similar "healthier" chocolate treats with cocoa and was so very disappointed. Actually, I got these made and was afraid to taste them, but boy was I surprised. They're not just 'good for a healthy treat', they are just great! The perfect bite for my after dinner sweet tooth. Now I must exercise self control as not to eat all 24.

  6. Susie  September 21, 2013

    Do you mean fresh or dried figs?

  7. Deanna  September 21, 2013

    Is there any appropriate substitution for the almonds? We have 2 with a tree nut allergy in the house. Not allergic to peanuts/peanut butter. Is there a seed or something I could use instead?

    • Skinny Ms.  September 22, 2013

      Deanna, Yes. Peanuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds will all work.

  8. Christy Cory  December 27, 2013

    This appears to be the exact same recipe as the Quinoa Protein Bars other than the chocolate chips are not listed as optional. I understand this would make a difference but the calorie counts are completely different. Is there a reason for this?

    • GaleCompton  December 30, 2013

      Christy, Tthey are smaller for those who want fewer calories.

  9. Vickie  February 21, 2014

    My daughter(grown) and I both love your recipes while we try to keep our family healthy.
    Thank you for your kindness in making your site user friendly. Especially the printing of just
    the recipe and instructions.

    • SkinnyMs  February 27, 2014

      You're welcome:)!

  10. Robyn  July 16, 2014

    I made these today & they are really good! I added about a tablespoon of cocoa to them, though, for a bit more chocolate taste. I also rolled them in shredded coconut. Can't wait for dessert tonight!

  11. carol  August 11, 2014

    Can they be frozen?

    • SkinnyMs  August 12, 2014

      Carol, Yes, freeze in an airtight container and label with sheets of wax paper between each layer.

  12. Cindy  February 6, 2017

    They sound heavenly, but I cannot justify using 98 points on one bite.

  13. Grace  June 19, 2017

    Can dried cranberries be used instead of dates?

    • Gale Compton  June 19, 2017

      Grace, I can’t promise they would work. The cranberries don’t have the same moisture content as the dates.


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