Date balls

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These are delicious little round energy boosting treats. They are easily made, easily stored and you just pop them in your pretty mouth to get delicious nutritional high energy kick.

Dates are full of fibre and  natural sugar. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc can be found in dates. There are hundreds of verities of dates and thus you can use any verity you prefer to make this recipe.

This recipe is perfect for Ramadan.  Dates are eaten to break the fast as this is what the Prophet has instructed, plus because of its high nutritional value it brings the body’s blood glucose back to normal.

There are many ways of presenting a plate of dates and adding little extras to give it a twist in flavour, like stuffing them with nuts (my favourite is walnuts), sprinkling a bit of tahini sauce on them or even chocolate ! This recipe is just another way of serving dates.

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Ingredients

2 cups of dates

1/2 table spoon of oil

1 teaspoon of cardamon (optional)

1/2 cup of desiccated couconuts

1/2 cup sesame seeds

 

You can use date paste if you want, I have done before but honestly I think using fresh dates is much better. IMG_2292.jpg

Method

Step 1-Pit the dates and place in a low heated oiled frying pan (You are not cooking the dats but warming them up so you can she them).

Step 2- Add the cardamon and mix gently and let the dates soften and combine.

Step 3- Remove from pan into a plate and kneed slightly with spoon, be careful it will be hot. Once slightly cool, shape into small balls.

Step 4- Prepare two bowls , one for desiccated coconuts, the other for sesame seeds. Dip each date ball into the bowl and set aside.

Enjoy

 

*You can use finally cut pistachios , almonds, walnuts or any other nut you prefer.

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