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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.
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Additional Time: 3 hrs
Total Time: 3 hrs 25 mins
Servings: 20 squares
Calories: 110kcal
Author: Mary-Lou


  • 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. 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.
    ⅓ cup desiccated coconut
  • 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), I'm not a fan so left them out. If adding candied cherries, I would add about half to a third a cup.
Marie biscuits are common in South Africa, and popular around the world, I don't always see them here in New Zealand but have found Vanilla Wine Biscuits to be a great substitute. Any plain vanilla biscuit should be fine in this date slice.
The Marie biscuits can also be substituted with rice Krispies.
This recipe can easily be doubled and placed in a 9"x9" cake tin.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Fat: 6g

Nutrition information is an estimate. If scaling the recipe remember to scale your cook and bakeware accordingly.

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Course :Dessert
Cuisine :South African
Keyword :dadelvingers, date fingers, no-bake, South African