Almond Tahini Date Balls

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

Very Middle Eastern and very tasty. A somewhat sophisticated brunch treat if you will, and would also make awesome finger food for tea or a dinner party. Especially if it's one of those where the meal is light but hors d'oeuvres are heavy. And can you believe this awesome treat is healthy and vegan? I couldn't! For some ideas, try a mix of Chinese red dates (I used 100%) with traditional dates. Put in a dash of ground pistachio and/or cardamom, how about a teensy bit of honey? There's a lot more I plan on doing with that huge thing of almonds I bought at BJ's. Found on the internet somewhere, don't remember where. If this is your recipe or you know where it came from, just drop me a line so I can give credit where it is due.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups sliced almonds (I just used whole almonds)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons tahini
  • 18 medium dried dates (They MUST be pitless. I use pitless Chinese red dates, which are small, so I used about 25)


  1. Grind almonds and cinnamon in food processor until finely chopped.
  2. Add tahini and continue to pulse.
  3. Add dates and chop until all blended in (be careful with pits!).
  4. Form into 1" balls and refrigerate.
  5. Can be eaten chilled or at room temperature, and they also travel well so they make a good brown-bag dessert.
Most Helpful

they were very good, but it took much longer than 20m to make. i rolled them into much smaller balls and got more than 50. but even if i had done the larger balls, it would have taken about 40m to pulse everything and roll.

dusting them in chocolate might be nice, too.

k_marion November 27, 2012

Great tahini balls! I used very soft dates and a very liquid tahini, but they are sticking together very well and taste very yummy. Thanks for sharing!<br/>Made for Let's Go To Saudi Arabia / N*A*M*E Forum

Mia in Germany June 30, 2013

These were so easy. I forgot to add cinnamon and they were still yummy. I used whole raw almonds, and soft Iranian Parnoosh brand dates plus a poor thin tahini. I can see these may be be good with variations in the nuts. Made for Veggie Swap 24 ~ July 2010 ~

UmmBinat June 30, 2010

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