Caramel Date-Sweetened Quinoa Pudding (GF)

No added sugar date quinoa pudding

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This date-sweetened quinoa pudding is rich and creamy with the caramelly flavor of dates. It’s a refined sugar-free and healthy treat! See the section above for details on how to turn this into a chocolate date quinoa pudding.


Units Scale
  • 2 cups of cooked quinoa (2/3 cup dry)
  • 12 Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup of boiling water
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream (whipping cream)
  • 1 Tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  1. The quinoa can be cooked and cooled, or used right after cooking. 
  2. Split the dates, remove the pits, then place the dates in a measuring cup. Pour over the boiling water and allow the dates to soak for at least 15 minutes or up to 12 hours.
  3. When you’re ready to make the pudding, place the dates and their soaking water in a blender. Pulse to puree the dates.
  4. Add the cooked quinoa, milk, cream, vanilla, and salt to the blender. Blend until smooth. 
  5. Taste the pudding and feel free to add a bit of honey or maple syrup at this point, if you want it to be sweeter. 
  6. Spoon the date pudding into your serving dish. It can be served right away, or pop it into the fridge for a cool pudding.


  • See the section above for how to adjust the recipe to make a chocolate date pudding.
  • I like to use probiotic dairy in my quinoa pudding. Feel free to swap the milk for yogurt or cultured buttermilk. Swap the whipping cream for sour cream. Just don’t use milk kefir, because sparkling pudding isn’t that appetizing!