In all honesty, I’m a little late to the date game. For the longest time, I didn’t understand the hype around dates. Then I made a variation of this recipe my coworker recommended.

Now I get it.

Dates are ridiculously sweet, so when they’re added to anything they can take the place of sugar or another sweetener. You get the sweetness, but you also get other nutrients.

While dates are almost 100% carbohydrates, they also pack a good amount of fiber, potassium, and copper – all things you don’t get with plain old sugar.

This peanut butter date bite recipe is incredibly satisfying. There’s a good chance your sweet and salty snack craving will be crushed after having 2 or 3 bites. Bonus: The flavor closely resembles that of a peanut butter cup which is a huge incentive for me to make them.

With only 4 ingredients and no cooking, this peanut butter date bite recipe does not get much simpler. You can switch it up with different nut butters for something different. Or try replacing the cinnamon with something else from your spice rack (or leave it out completely).

Peanut Butter Date Bites

This recipe is fully kid tested and approved. With only 4 ingredients, its simplicity is only overshadowed by the necessity for a food processor (and having to wash it)!

Course Snack
Cuisine Simple
Keyword dates, peanut butter, pretzels
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 25 bites


  • 2/3 cup salted pretzels
  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 5 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Pulse pretzels in a food processor until they are small bits (about 5-10 pulses).

  2. Remove pretzel bits from processor and set aside.

  3. Add dates, peanut butter, and cinnamon and process until well combined (about 30 seconds).

  4. Add pretzel bits back to processor and pulse 2-3 times until combined.

  5. Roll bite-sized (~heaping teaspoon) amounts of mixture into a balls until all mix is rolled up. You will have about 25 bites.

Recipe Notes

If mixture is not sticky enough to stay together in ball form, add 1 tablespoon of water to the mixture and pulse. Add additional water as needed.

These peanut butter date bites happily made it into my preschooler’s lunch. Even after they were all gone, he was still asking for more (Not surprising though. If you have a four year old, you know how they can tend to ask the same question over and over again no matter what the question.). I guess we’ll be whipping up a batch again this weekend!

Happy eating!

Welcome to 5 Ingredient Friday! Here you'll find a recipe with 5 ingredients or less (shhh... water, oil, salt, pepper don't count). Recipes don't need a lot of ingredients to be yummy. Fewer ingredients means simpler prep. It also means you'll have them memorized in no time. 5 Ingredient recipes are the backbone of my everyday cooking. I hope you find a place for this recipe in your kitchen.