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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  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 2 cups pitted dates, roughly chopped (from about 16 dates)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Coating: Crushed toasted almonds
  • Optional: A few drops of water or orange juice
  • Food processor
  • Tablespoon
  • Dessert platter for serving

    In a food processor:
  1. Place the almonds and sea salt, and pulse until finely ground
  2. Add the dates and vanilla extract
  3. If the mixture seems too dry, add a few drops of water or orange juice until
  4. it sticks together when you squeeze it
    Make the date balls:
  1. Form 1 rounded tablespoon of the mixture into a small ball
  2. Roll in the crushed toasted almonds
  3. Serve in a way that you think is pretty

; Yield: Serves 6

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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!

    1. Post

      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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