We’re big fans of dates in our house. When we go to the Farmer’s Market every week, we always get a bag of them. They’re Kenya’s version of “candy”. Sweet, chewy and rich, if you put them in a wrapper, I’m sure most kids would think they really are candy. Although the dates we get are perfect just on their own, I decided to take them a step further, and try to make healthy candy bites out of them.


The recipe only takes minutes to whip up and the bites freeze beautifully, too. Well, unless you’re making them for Kenya, of course. Then they don’t have enough time to make it to the freezer. Kenya figured out where I had put my freshly-made batch, carried his little chair to the counter, opened the tin and ate a dozen of these bites within minutes. Thank goodness they’re made with nature’s sugar!


Date Nut Bites

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Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 pound dates (I used 21 medjool dates) pitted
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut


  • Place pitted dates and walnuts in a food processor and puree until smooth.
  • Place the coconut on a plate.
  • Take 1 teaspoon of the date/walnut mixture and roll into balls.
  • Roll the balls in the coconut to coat completely.


Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 20mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 26g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. I’ve made these over and over and still love them. I’ve just made them again today but used unsalted cashews and added the coconut in the food processor. I can’t wait to share them with my daughter. They’re absolutely delicious.

  2. This is my favorite recipe of yours. I have come back to it so many times over the years. Just made it again for my daughter to take to school this week as a snack for her MAP Test. You’re awesome!

  3. thanks for this recipe! a question….can i use other kinds of dried dates? deglet noor (the more standard and easier to find ones)?

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  5. I should never have doubted anything on this site but I was skeptical. However I was quickly proven wrong by my 2.5 year old. I popped them in the freezer and now he can’t get enough “freezer cookies”

  6. Made these for the third or fourth time today for my boys´ harvest festival at school. Only to be handed a note saying it´s postponed until next weds! – Can I freeze them? Or will they keep in a tin until then??

  7. Hi, Catherine,
    The nut-free version of this: 1/2 pack gluten free biscuits crushed into the blender. Blend until the texture suits you. Roll balls and roll in coconut. 🙂 VERY popular.

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  11. The walnuts give these that crunch and added flavor. If you won’t miss the crunch you could just leave the nuts out altogether. Soy nuts would be a different flavor, but would also work if you do not have a soy allergy. I know people with tree nut allergies are cautioned to stay away from peanuts, but if you don’t have the peanut allergy you could use those as well.

  12. What would be a good alternative to the tree nuts? One of my kids is severly allergic to tree nuts so that would have to be left out or find an alternative……any thoughts? She can coconut…..

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  15. Any suggestions as to how I could change the coconut? We have one in the house that is not a big fan of coconut (I think the texture more than anything).

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