Almond Tahini Date Balls

"Very Middle Eastern and very tasty. A somewhat sophisticated brunch treat if you will, and would also make awesome finger food for tea or a dinner party. Especially if it's one of those where the meal is light but hors d'oeuvres are heavy. And can you believe this awesome treat is healthy and vegan? I couldn't! For some ideas, try a mix of Chinese red dates (I used 100%) with traditional dates. Put in a dash of ground pistachio and/or cardamom, how about a teensy bit of honey? There's a lot more I plan on doing with that huge thing of almonds I bought at BJ's. Found on the internet somewhere, don't remember where. If this is your recipe or you know where it came from, just drop me a line so I can give credit where it is due."
 
Almond Tahini Date Balls created by stacato
Ready In:
20mins
Ingredients:
4
Yields:
15 balls
Serves:
15
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ingredients

  • 2 cups sliced almonds (I just used whole almonds)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons tahini
  • 18 medium dried dates (They MUST be pitless. I use pitless Chinese red dates, which are small, so I used about 25)
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directions

  • Grind almonds and cinnamon in food processor until finely chopped.
  • Add tahini and continue to pulse.
  • Add dates and chop until all blended in (be careful with pits!).
  • Form into 1" balls and refrigerate.
  • Can be eaten chilled or at room temperature, and they also travel well so they make a good brown-bag dessert.

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  1. Mia in Germany
    Great tahini balls! I used very soft dates and a very liquid tahini, but they are sticking together very well and taste very yummy. Thanks for sharing!<br/>Made for Let's Go To Saudi Arabia / N*A*M*E Forum
     
  2. k_marion
    they were very good, but it took much longer than 20m to make. i rolled them into much smaller balls and got more than 50. but even if i had done the larger balls, it would have taken about 40m to pulse everything and roll. <br/><br/>dusting them in chocolate might be nice, too.
     
  3. stacato
    Almond Tahini Date Balls Created by stacato
  4. UmmBinat
    These were so easy. I forgot to add cinnamon and they were still yummy. I used whole raw almonds, and soft Iranian Parnoosh brand dates plus a poor thin tahini. I can see these may be be good with variations in the nuts. Made for Veggie Swap 24 ~ July 2010 ~
     
  5. Melanie B.
    I am going to try this but it looks very tasty...I love the flavor of tahini so I can't wait to combine it with dates!
     

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