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Date Slice (Dadelvingers) on a plate.

No-Bake Date Slice (Dadelvingers)

This easy egg-free no-bake date slice (Dadelvingers) comes together in 30 minutes. A delightfully sweet treat flavoured with dates and Marie biscuits.
Course Dessert
Cuisine South African
Keyword dadelvingers, date fingers, date slice, no-bake, South African
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings 20 squares
Calories 129kcal
Author Mary-Lou


  • 1 regular loaf tin
  • 1 saucepan


  • 125 grams butter
  • 110 grams granulated sugar
  • 150 grams dates
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 150 gram Marie biscuits Vanilla Wine Biscuits
  • cup desiccated coconut


  • Grease and line a loaf tin with baking paper, using the sling method, in which two sides of the parchment are allowed to hang over the edges of the tin.
  • Finely chop the pitted dates and set them aside. Break or crush the biscuits into chunks, and set them aside.
    150 grams dates, 150 gram Marie biscuits
  • In a medium to a small saucepan, melt the butter and sugar over low heat, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Then add the chopped dates, stir and slowly bring to a boil and cook for about 3 minutes.
    125 grams butter, 110 grams granulated sugar
  • Remove the date mixture from the heat, add in the vanilla and salt, mix through. Add in the biscuit chunks and stir until the biscuits are covered with the date mixture.
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon salt
  • Press the warm mixture into the loaf pan, flatten out using the back of a spoon or offset spatula.
    ⅓ cup desiccated coconut
  • Sprinkle the coconut over the top, and press the coconut into the top of the mixture. Allow cooling on the kitchen counter for about 30 minutes before placing in the fridge to set for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Allow the slice (Date Fingers or Dadelvingers) to come to room temperature for about 20 minutes before slicing and serving.



Many date slice or dadelvinger recipes also add in Glacé Cherries (candied cherries),if adding candied cherries, I would add about half to a third a cup.
Marie biscuits are traditionally used in this recipe. Great alternatives include plain vanilla wine biscuits, Krispie, or Tennis biscuits. A plain, sweet, preferably vanilla-flavoured biscuit. Alternatively, the Marie biscuits can be replaced with rice Krispies, approximately 2 cups of rice Krispies (add more if you feel that the slice can take more rice Krispies).
This recipe can easily be doubled and placed in a 9"x9" cake tin.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 138mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 157IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.4mg