Looking for an easy and healthy quarantine snack?

Well, by now you are snug as a rug at home or maybe you’re climbing the walls?  I have my days, believe me.  I can’t make food fast enough and my family is in the kitchen gobbling it up.  Well, I guess it’s good that everyone still has a healthy  appetite.  We have to be grateful for the things that are working well in life, right?

When it comes to snacks I love S W E E T treats, however I don’t want a lot of added sugar.  I’ve got a super simple sweet treat that melts in your mouth and contains no added sugar and is jam-packed healthy, omega-3 fats, as well as protein and fiber.

A handful of California walnuts is a versatile snack and can satisfy any taste preference, from savory to sweet.​ Regardless of your flavor preference, walnuts are the only nut to provide an excellent source of the plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, ALA, with 2.5 grams per ounce.



The best part of this recipe is that it’s super easy to assemble – no cooking required.  Plus, it’s portion-controlled and only takes six simple ingredients and a food processor – and it’s made in minutes.  During these shelter-in-place days, it’s great to have simple treats to whip up with your family, right?  This is a good one to try!


I love D A T E S as they are nature’s candy to me.  I pop a plain date  in my mouth for a sweet treat any time of day.  They are filled with fiber and potassium, which bodes well for your total body wellness – your heart, brain, cell and gut health.

Want a simple and healthy sweet snack? Try my Spiced Date and Coconut Walnut Bites. #WalnutsSweetOrSavory @CaWalnuts #ontheblog Click To Tweet

Spiced Date Coconut Walnut Bites

Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN
These are the perfect sweet and savory snack to nourish your total body health!
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 15 balls


  • 1 food processor
  • 1 small cookie scooper


  • 2 cups dates pitted
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut unsweetened
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp garam masala spice blend
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Put dates and walnuts into food processor. Pulse for a minute.
  • Add 1/2 cup coconut (reserve the remaining 1/4 cup for coating), vanilla, garam masala and salt. Pulse until coarsely blended.
  • Using your small cookie scooper, scoop a dollop onto a platter or cookie sheet. Repeat until the mixture is gone. Dip each ball into the remaining coconut to coat.
  • Place the ball in the refrigerator for an at least an hour.
  • Enjoy a bite as a snack or share them with your family and friends!
Keyword fiber filled, heart healthy, naturally sweetened, no sugar added, plant based, plant forward, plant protein

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Enjoy eating simply and stay safe and well!