From the Jewish Food Hero Kitchen: Sweet Date Balls


From The Jewish Food Hero Kitchen: Sweet Date Balls //

These 3-ingredient vegan and gluten-free treats are easy to make, delicious and healthy.  Your children will love them and they’ll enjoy helping to make them as well.

They are a  perfect dessert for Tu B’Shvat (when dates are a symbolic food) and during Passover (as they contain all kosher for Passover ingredients).  They can be served at room temperature or cold.  I make them all year long and keep them in my freezer.

They taste like a healthy “Snickers” bar.

This recipe was inspired by a treat that can be found at the Vietnamese market in Ho Chi Minh City.

Sweet Date Balls

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Serves 6


Food processor


Dessert platter for serving


1/2 cup almonds

Pinch sea salt

2 cups pitted dates, roughly chopped (from about 16 dates)

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Crushed toasted almonds


A few drops of water or orange juice


In a food processor:

  • Place the almonds and sea salt, and pulse until finely ground
  • Add the dates and vanilla extract
  • If the mixture seems too dry, add a few drops of water or orange juice until

it sticks together when you squeeze it

Make the date balls:

  • Form 1 rounded tablespoon of the mixture into a small ball
  • Roll in the crushed toasted almonds
  • Serve in a way that you think is pretty


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If you love this recipe, you’ll love the spicy version of these date balls in the The Jewish Food Hero Cookbook: 50 Simple Plant-Based Recipes For Your Holiday Meals

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Comments 2

  1. How simple and lovely these are! I recently got a food processor and am making all kinds of date recipes. I’ll be trying this!

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      Lynn: Thank you for your nice words. This recipe is wonderful. I always keep a batch in the freezer and sometimes eat them for breakfast! Let me know how yours turn out!
      Sincerely, Kenden

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