Ideas for Children

Child-Friendly Charoset Balls
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Tuesday 28th February 2017

Growing up, I never liked charoset – the point of the item on the seder plate, is to resemble the mortar bricks that the Hebrew slaves worked with during their bondage in Egypt. Only after marriage did I realise that the ingredients in the charoset are actually non proscriptive and each family had their own mix. What you will find below is my non-traditional alternative to charoset. For more traditional recipes please click here.


24 dates, pitted

100 grams walnuts

1 tablespoon red wine/grape juice

5 tablespoons cacao powder

Pinch sea salt flakes

Cocoa powder or desiccated coconut, toasted to roll the charoset balls in


Place the dates, walnuts, wine or grape juice, cacao and salt in a food processor. Process for 2–3 minutes or until the nuts are finely chopped and the mixture comes together.

Roll 2 teaspoons of the mixture into balls.

Roll half the balls in cooa powder or desiccated coconut.

Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 22.