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Savory Dates

Hello friends! It’s that time of week again – Meatless Monday!

This week’s letter is “D” for Dates!

Mmm… dates. 🙂 We love them, they are so sweet, and can be used so many ways! Our favourite thing to do is make dates into date paste, which we use in so many of our baked goods, breakfasts, eating it with a spoon… you get the point!

It would have been really easy for us to just do some sort of baked good or breakfast item for this Monday, however baked goods tend to be meatless as it is, so we wanted to put out a recipe that uses dates in a savoury way!

Sweet and Spicy Lentil Balls!

Using dates, red lentils, split peas and spices, and rolled in quinoa flakes and sesame seeds. Baked to perfection!

Sort of like a lentil ‘meat’ ball these delicious little bites are great on top of salads, in wraps, or even just to dip in  tahini dressing and eat as a snack!

Be sure to head on over to Heather and check out the rest of the Meatless Monday participants!

Split Pea, Lentil and Date Balls

Prep time: 35 min
Cook time: 25 min
Makes: 9 balls


1/2 c. each lentils and split peas
3 c. water

1/2 c. dates
3 white mushrooms
1/4 c. walnuts
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp berebere spice mix
pepper, to taste

1/4 c. quinoa flakes
1 tbsp sesame


Put lentils and split peas into a pot with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 25min or until soft.

In a food processor, pulse the dates until finely chopped. Add the mushrooms, walnuts and spices and pulse until chopped. Add half of the lentil-split pea mixture and blend again until smooth. Remove from processor and stir in the rest of the lentils and split peas.

Combine the quinoa flakes and the sesame seeds.  Form the lentil mixture into 9 balls and roll them in the quinoa flakes so that they are evenly coated.

Bake at 350 for 25 min.


What’s your favourite way to use dates? 
Have you ever had dates in a savoury dish before?