Prep 20 mins
Cook 5 mins
A yummy Middle Eastern recipe from Good Deal with Dave Lieberman! A great healthy snack.
- 1⁄2 lb raw almonds
- 2 pints pitted dates (Medjool is really good)
- 1⁄4 cup honey
- vegetable oil, for forming balls
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Grind the almonds in a food processor until finely chopped. Move chopped almonds to a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes, until fragrant and just a shade darker.
- Coarsely chop dates and add to food processor. Pulse until finely chopped and dates form a ball. Remove from processor to a bowl.
- Add half of the ground almonds to the dates, leaving the reserved almonds on the baking pan to roll the balls in once formed.
- Add the honey to the date and almond mixture. Mix together until evenly mixed and smooth.
- Coat your hands with some vegetable oil so mixture does not stick too much.
- Form mixture into 1-1/2" balls. Roll each ball in ground almonds to coat well. Place in a sealed container until ready to eat.
- Any leftover chopped nuts for coating can be sprinkled over the balls to keep them from sticking together when moving.
- Will keep for up to 5 days at room temperature or up to a week in refrigerator.
one of my current faves! i made these exactly as written & then i made them with 3/4 dried strawberries & 1/4 dates, sorghum instead of honey, no coconut & almonds on the inside instead of rolled. excellent!
Loved this, Sharon! Here's what I did to make preparing easier. First, wet the knife to make chopping easier. Grease the food processor bowl and blade with oil. Add the dates and process. It took a solid five minutes for the dates to form a pasty ball. Transfer the date paste
to a greased bowl using a greased spatula. Add the other ingredients (I also added 1 teaspoon of rosewater and 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom) and stir with a greased spoon. Next, grease a cookie scoop on both sides and form into balls. With greased hands roll the balls in the ground almonds. Easier this way, trust me! Will make again soon trying diffferent dried fruits, orange blossom water, cocoa powder, etc...?? Reviewed for Veg Tag/February and Spanish/Portuguese Tag/Miel/February. Come play with us!
Very fun! I used dried apricots instead of dates since that's what I had on hand... it hurt my wrist to mix but they are tasty.