Moist, sweet dates are nature's candy. Their gentle sweetness is highlighted in these delectable fruit and nut balls.
- Yield : Makes 30 balls
Coarsely chop half the walnuts and very finely grind the rest.
Process dates into a soft paste in a food processor, adding just enough hot water, one tablespoon at a time, to make a stiff but pliable mixture. Transfer to a bowl and work in the coarsely chopped walnuts with your hands. Lightly oil your hands so the paste does not stick.
Take small lumps of paste and roll into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in the finely ground walnuts. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Per serving (1 ball): 49 calories; 2.8 g fat; 0.3 g saturated fat; 50/9% calories from fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 0.8 g protein; 6.2 g carbohydrates; 4.9 g sugar; 0.9 g fiber; 0 mg sodium; 7 mg calcium; 0.2 mg iron; 0.1 mg vitamin C; 1 mcg beta-carotene; 0 mg vitamin E.
Recipe from Jo Stepaniak found in Breaking the Food Seduction by Neal Barnard, M.D.