DF GF Khajur Dry Fruit Barfi – Dates Dessert

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So last week we made the sugar free gluten free anjeer barfi or fig barfi for dad that’s really yummy to taste. But this week we figured we’d show you how we do it when we want just dry fruit energy bars. No dairy, no gluten, no sugar! Sugar-free is good for diabetics like my dad, and gluten free is good for celiacs like a friend of mine, and good for well anyone who wants to eat sweets without getting fat. The khajur pak benefits are that they give you natural sugars and increase your energy levels without piling on the calories. And they’re awesome enough to eat a couple of dry burfi a day! How cool is that? Now before you go thinking that a dry fruit barfi recipe is just an energy bar recipe, let me tell you the well, yes it is, but it is one of those Indian sweets that have been around for aeons before an energy bar.

Did I just waffle? Yep, probably the effect of eating another piece of heavenly khajur dry fruit barfi or khajur pak bites. This is one of those guilt-free date desserts that you shouldn’t miss! It’s also a pretty good to make for Father’s Day!

Dates and figs dessert.
Dates and figs dessert

What are these amazing dry fruit treats called?

Well, they have a lot of names in India.
Khajur barfi
Khajoor burfi
Khajur burfi
Khajoor barfi
Khajur barfi
Khajoor Pak
Khajur Pak
Dry fruit barfi
Dry fruit burfee
Kahjoor dry fruit barfi
Khajur dry fruit burfee
Date barfi
Date energy bites
Date nuggets
Sugar free khajur bites
Dairy free khajoor bites
Gluten free khajor bites

Khajur roll
Dry fruit barfi
Dry fruit burfee
Kahjoor dry fruit barfi
Khajur dry fruit burfee
Date barfi
Date bites
Date nuggets
Sugar free khajur bites
Dairy free khajoor bites
Gluten free khajor bites

So let’s get to it. How do you make a sugar free khajur barfi? How do you make a gluten free dry fruit barfi? Or even a sugar free date burfi?

How to make dairyfree glutenfree sugarfree khajur dry fruit barfi

Prep for Date Barfi

Just like we do for the anjeer barfi, soak about 200 grams of anjeer or figs in 100 ml water overnight. If you’re preparing it the same day, soak the anjeer or figs for 4 to 6 hours instead.

Next, grind figs or anjeer along with 300 grams of dates to a rough paste and set aside.

Start with making slivers of almonds and spreading them in a tray that’s been greased with coconut oil and lined with butter paper.

Finely sliced almonds.
Add slivered almonds to a greased pan - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Add slivered almonds to a greased pan

Cooking the Date Barfi

Next roughly chop the remainder of the dry fruits, namely about 250 grams of almonds, pistachios and cashew nuts and roast them for a few minutes till you get that beautiful nutty aroma.

Chop almonds, cashews and walnuts into small pieces.
Chop almonds, cashews and walnuts
Roast the chopped nuts on a pan.
Toast the chopped nuts

Cook the khajur (date) and anjeer (fig) paste with 70 ml ghee and keep stirring till it gets really dry. The traditional method uses ghee, but we use coconut oil which is dairy free and enhances the nutty flavor.

Cook the date and fig paste in the pan.
Cook the paste of the dates and figs

Once it looks quite dry, add in the roughly chopped nuts and stir till it leaves the sides.

Add the roasted nuts to the fig, date paste and allow it to cook.
Add the nuts to the paste and cook
Cashewnuts and pistas in the date paste.
Sometimes we add cashewnuts and pista pieces too

Setting the Date Barfi aka Khajur Barfi

Pour the mixture into your pre-greased tray, cover it with one more layer of tissue and flatten it with your hand, spatula or a towel. The mixture is very hot, so if you’re doing it by hand, first grease your fingers and palms or you’ll get burnt like me!

Cover with another tissue paper and press till flat - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Cover with another tissue paper and press till flat

Although we use a flat tray to make this khajur sweet recipe, you can make a khajur roll using the exact same recipe. The only additional step in the khajur roll recipe would be rolling the mixture in a bed of grated almonds or coconut powder or sesame (til) before refrigeration.

Place the fig and date paste on almond slices on a baking sheet.
Place the date paste on the baking paper
Anjeer Khajur paste rolled in the log.
Roll into a log

Refrigeration Time!

Refrigerate the mixture for about an hour or two till it gets solid. Once it’s solid, peel off the tissue paper, cut the dairy free sugar free dry fruit barfi into pieces and serve!

Open the baking sheet and ready to cut.
Open the log
Spread the paste on the baking sheet evenly.
Remove the first sheet

And that’s really it! An easy khajur pak step by step recipe or khajur barfi recipe. If you try this free sugar free dry fruit barfi recipe, comment and let us know how how much you liked it, or how much you didn’t! Wink wink, we know you’ll love it!


Tips for Making the Date Barfi

  • You can skip the fig (anjeer) paste and use only date (khajur) paste.
  • Or you can use only fig paste and skip the dates. Both ways work!
  • Any chopped nuts will work – cashew nuts, almonds, walnuts, pistachios.
  • The longer you refrigerate the barfi before cutting, the better!
Anjeer barfi ready to serve.
Anjeer barfi
Cut Indian date roll slices.
Indian date roll slices

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Anjeer barfi ready to serve.

Dairy free Gluten free Khajur Dry Fruit Barfi

An Indian dry fruit barfi made mainly of khajur or dates that is dairy free, gluten free and sugar free.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Refrigeration 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Diet Diabetic, Gluten Free, Hindu, Low Fat, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 50 Pieces
Calories 65 kcal


  • 300 g Dates (Khajur)
  • 200 g Figs (Anjeer)
  • 250 g Nuts Almonds, pistachios, cashews and walnuts (Roughly chopped)
  • 30 g Almonds Slivers
  • 70 milliliter Coconut Oil
  • 100 milliliter Water


Preparation for the Khajur Dry Fruit Barfi

  • Soak the figs in 100 ml water for 4 to 6 hours or overnight.
  • Make slivers of 5 to 10 almonds and set aside.
  • Roast the roughly chopped nuts and set aside.
  • Line a tray with butter paper and grease with coconut oil. Sprinkle the slivered almonds on it and set aside.

Cooking the Khajur Dry Fruit Barfi

  • Grind the figs or anjeer along with the dates to form a rough paste.
  • Add 70 ml coconut oil to an open pan.
  • Pour the date and fig mixture into this pan and stir till it gets quite dry.
  • Add in the chopped nuts and fry for a few more minutes till it starts to leave the sides.
  • Pour the mixture into the pre-greased tray and cover with another sheet of butter paper.
  • Flatten the mixture with your hand, a spatula or a piece of cloth. (If using your hand, wait for a few minutes and grease your fingers well to avoid burning them.)
  • Once flat, refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours. The longer the better.
  • Once ready, peel of the top layer of tissue paper, turn it over on a chopping board, cut into slices and serve.

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Nutrition (Per Serving)

Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

Disclaimer: Nutrition Information per serving is estimated by a third party software based on the ingredients used, and is for informational purposes only. It will vary from product to product, based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients. Please consult the package labels of the ingredients you use, or chat with your dietician for specific details.

Pinterest images of fig and date paste placed on a baking sheet and Barfi ready to serve.
Recipe for dairy free gluten free sugar free dry fruit barfi
Pinterest images of date and fig being spread on the baking sheet and serving it on a plate.

4 thoughts on “DF GF Khajur Dry Fruit Barfi – Dates Dessert”

  1. My husband has ddiabetes too. Tried this for him last week, and he didn’t even notice that it’s sugar free. Thank you for sharing…5 stars

  2. We don’t usually focus on vegan cuisine Desiree. Sorry about that! But I’m glad you found it. Thank you for letting us know that it’s vegan, and I hope you liked it.


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