Try this easy and delicious date bites recipe -- it works great as a snack during those super-hungry pregnancy and breastfeeding moments. It's always safer to choose unprocessed over processed foods, so these date bites might be a better option than pre-packaged protein bars and nutrition bars.

Keep in mind: do not consume these in excess (or at all) if diabetic. These are high in natural sugars. Even those who are not diabetic should consume in moderation. Just because something is unprocessed does not mean it does not contain potentially harmful ingredients, and sugar is always something to be mindful of.

Also note: this recipe can be adjusted according to your dietary needs or ingredient availability. You can switch it up by using any dried fruit, nuts, nut butter, seeds, or other ingredient that we did not list. Get creative.

This recipe tutorial has been funded by the Thriving Women's Initiative, a project by the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples. This collaboration has been made possible through sponsorship by the Native Wellness Institute.


-Handful of mejdool dates (this is the “glue” of the recipe

-Less than 1/2 cup of each of these additional options:

  • Dried cranberries (or other dried fruit, preferably without added sweetener)

  • Walnuts (adds texture, flavor, and nutritional qualities. You may choose another nut of your choice)

  • Coconut flakes (optional. adds texture, flavor, and nice appearance)

  • Cacao nibs (or dark chocolate chips if you prefer or if you can’t find cacao nibs at your local store)

  • Peanut butter (or other nut butter if you prefer)

  • Seeds (not pictured, but another option. You may use chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, or any other variety for added flavor, texture, nutrition).


-Remove pits and hard stem pieces from dates

-Pulse in blender or food processor until they reach a doughy consistency

-Mix in a bowl by hand with all other additional ingredients of your choice

-Roll pieces into tablespoon-sized ball

-Dust with coconut flakes

-Keep in refrigerator to avoid melting and enjoy in moderation. You may also store these in the freezer for extended time.