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Everyday Snacking: Chai-Spiced Date Rolls

By Lilveggiepatch @Lilveggiepatch

I’m sorry to admit it, but I can be a hangry person. If I don’t plan ahead and find myself without a snack or meal in the near future, watch out! We all need little pick me-ups throughout the day, and probably know from experience that it’s better if these bites are nutrient-dense and palate-pleasing. The pita chips may look good, but they won’t satisfy you as well as, say, an apple with peanut butter.

When I have the time (rather, when I make the time) I like to bring homemade fruit-and-nut treats to work with me. They taste great, are small enough to eat inconspicuously (no one wants to see their server chowing down in a restaurant), and provide perfect little quick bursts of delicious energy. Here are some of my favorite recipes:

Mexican Chocolate Balls

Orange-Scented Coconut Cashew Balls

Two-Bite Cherry Chocolate Balls

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough “Laraballs”

I’ve added a new one to the list. Mixed with warming chai spices, these date rolls will tempt your taste buds and have you counting down the minutes to snack-time.

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Makes 8-10 rolls


  • 1/4 c. raw pecans
  • 14 medjool dates, pits removed
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t cinnamon, ground
  • 1/8 t ginger, ground
  • 1/8 t cardamom, ground
  • 1/8 t cloves, ground
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/8 c. coconut, shredded

Combine all ingredients but coconut and pulse in a food processor until a sticky dough forms.

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Chill your dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Turn onto a piece of wax paper and form the dough into small logs. Roll each piece in shredded coconut to lightly coat.

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Savor slowly. All hail snack time! If the hanger has passed, share with your coworkers. Store in a cool, dry place.

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What are you snacking on today?

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