Chai-Spiced Date and Cashew Balls

These little bites of sweetness and spice pack a flavor punch, thanks to Vanns Chai Spice.

Chai-Spiced Date and Nut Balls

Sometimes you just need a little taste of sweetness at the end of a meal to make it feel complete - not even a full-sized cookie, but one or two bites. Or you want a little something to go with your afternoon tea or coffee. That's where these date balls step in. Just two bites each (or one, if you really want to go for it), the sweetness of medjool dates combines with the nuttiness of cashews and the creaminess of coconut, all blended together with aromatic Vanns Chai Spice to create the perfect burst of flavor. Just a few minutes with your food processor, and you'll have enough portable dessert snacks to last you through the week!

Spices used in this recipe

Chai Spice
Salt Himalayan Pink, Fine



  1. Combine cashews and almonds in a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Add remaining ingredients and process until the mixture is evenly combine and starting to come together into a ball.
  2. Use a tablespoon measure to scoop out heaping spoonfuls of the mixture. Press each scoop in your hands to compress the mixture into a solid mass, then roll between palms to create rounded balls.
  3. Refrigerate to firm up. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before serving, if frozen.

Makes 20-30 date balls.

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