Easy Treat: No-Bake Date Candy

No Bake Date Illustration

Giving gifts to friends is one of the four mitzvot (commandments) we are supposed to fulfill on Purim. There’s no special requirement for what goes into these gifts, called mishloach manot, but they usually contain sweets, including hamantaschen. If you’re looking for an easy treat to share, especially one that accommodates gluten sensitivities and other allergies, this no-bake date candy is perfect. Fair warning: there may not be enough left to give away!

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  • 1 1/2 cups tightly packed pitted medjool dates
  • 1/3 cup creamy sunflower seed butter or tahini
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • Extra shredded coconut for rolling, if desired

Tahini, Dates, Coconut, Blender illustrations


  1. Add the dates to a food processor fitted with an “S” blade and pulse until it comes together in a sticky ball.
  2. Add in sunflower seed butter or tahini and shredded coconut, and process again until it forms a thick paste.
  3. Scoop the mixture up with a tablespoon and roll into balls. Roll the balls into extra coconut if desired.
  4. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm up.

TIP: Don't have a food processor? You can pulse your dates in the blender instead.


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