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No Bake Date n Nuts Bites – no Sugar added | Toddler Recipes for #FoodieMondayBloghop

Ok, here’s the disclaimer. Here toddler in this recipe actively refers to kids aged 2.5+ who can handle nuts on their own. After a seemingly easy theme of #ToddlerFingerfood was finalised by @Poonam for Week #173 of #FoodieMondayBloghop, I made 2 new dishes (but unfortunately) didn’t notice the finger food clause. So, it literally comes down to the wire.

With an unusual off on Monday (sigh!!) for the kids, it was one riot-filled morning, and I just couldn’t decide till the last minute on what to make . Cupcakes was what the kids voted for, but I unfortunately ran out of pantry essentials (Monday Blues for me :p). So, it came down to this quick no-bake and yes, No COOK Date and Nut bites that both the non-toddlers at home enjoyed.

So, made it, clicked and rushed to the blog. A Diwali nuts overflow of Nuts and goodies made this quick treat possible, but I bet that kids would love this anytime (especially on long rides when they are hungry like, forever). Like most kid recipes, this too is customisable – with / without nuts, addition of more chocolate / chocochips, less dates etc.



So, let me know how you (and your toddler) liked it :p

Prep time – 10 mins, Cook time – Nil , Setting time – 15~20 mins ; Makes : 6~10 servings

What you need:

Dates ( I used Mejdool) – but you can use whatever good quality deseeded dates you have – 1/4 cup

Chocolate – 3 T, grated fine {can also use good quality chocolate chocolate powder}

Coarsely Powdered Nuts-  1/3 cup { I used a mix of almonds, cashews, pistachios and walnuts}

Honey – 1/2 T (optional, I didnt use)

Glazed Cherries – 3-4 , halved.


How to:

Grind dates without any water, pour to a bowl.

With a spatula, fold in the rest of the ingredients, except cherries

Mix a little more nuts if the mixture is too sticky. It should be come together as a not-too-sticky dough.

With slightly greased hands, make small portions out of them (bite sized), and flatten them out slightly. Press a halved glazed cherry.

Refrigerate for 15~25 mins.

Serve as required.

PS : It would get sticky if placed on the kitchen counter, so keep refrigerated. Take out for a few mins before serving them.





  1. These look awesome! Perfect little sweet treats for little ones! πŸ™‚

  2. Poonam Bachhav

    With such versatile and healthy ingredients like dates and nuts you can hardly go wrong.This combo is a hit at my place as well. Added chocolate is like a cherry on the cake Kalyani. Involving kids in the kitchen is such a fun ! I am glad you and your kids had a great time while working for this theme.

  3. Such a yummy delicious bite not just for kids will go well with my older toddlers too. Love it.

  4. Date and nuts bits looks so inviting. Not only toddlers adults and even diabetic patients can enjoy it. Awesome share.

  5. These look so yummy and it’s a treat for everyone not only for kids.. very nice recipe

  6. mildly indian

    These are so cute with the perfect bait, glazed cherries,more so I love the ease as I can imagine how sleep deprived the mom can be yet get these yumminess easily eaten.

  7. Vidya Narayan

    All my favourite ingredients there Kal topped with cherries, I dont mind polishing off this plate as snack or dessert. Best way to encourage kids to eat dates to improve heamoglobin levels.

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