Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Date and Nut Balls

"Date and Nut Balls"
Date and Nut balls are guilt free sweet treats for all. As the name suggests these delicious balls are made with dates, assorted nuts and seeds along with roasted oats. I call it guilt free as it has no added sugar or any kind of oils or butter and all the ingredients used are healthy and a good source of energy. Date and Nuts are a good source of energy, packed with natural sugar, vitamins, essential minerals and fibers which help us maintain a healthy lifestyle.




I make these mostly during Ramadan for Iftar but off late have been making it more often for my Son. He leaves for school around 7 in the morning and just refuses to have anything for breakfast.I used to give him 5 soaked almonds along with milk which is not much to eat but it used to be a mammoth task for me. However this Ramadan he loved these date balls and since then I make and keep them for him and since kids love chocolate so I also make a chocolate coated variation for him.


One of these balls along with a glass of milk is all he has for breakfast before leaving home. Here is the quick and easy recipe which requires no cooking other than dry roasting the oats.    

Ingredients

Dates, pitted - 25 nos
Almonds - 1/2cups
Walnuts - 1/2 cups
Pistachios - 1/4th cup
Dried Cranberry - 1/4th cup
Mixed Seeds - 1/4th cup OR Flax seeds - 1 tablespoon
Oats, dry roasted - 1/2 cup

For Chocolate coating

Semi sweet chocolate chips - 1 cup

Preparation

Dry roast the oats until it starts changing colour and releases a nice aroma.


Remove the seeds of the dates and keep aside.(I usually soak the dates in warm water so that the soften and the seeds can be removed easily.)


Method

Place almonds, walnuts, Pistachios, Dried Cranberry and mixed seeds (if using) in the food processor, use the mincer blade and pulse until the nuts are broken into small bits and add the roasted oats.




Pulse until the nuts and oats mixture resembels a corse mix and add the  pitted dates and pulse again until all are combined well.



Take a little of the mixture and check if it comes together to form a ball. once ready transfer the mix into a dry bowl, take around a tablespoon and half of the mixture and roll into balls.Repeat process until all are done.




For Chocolate Coating

Place the ready Date balls in an air tight box and keep the freezer and let them chill for 30-45 minutes.


Place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Set the microwave on high and heat the chocolate for 30 seconds, stop mix well and re heat for another 30 seconds and mix well. By now the chocolate should melt if not run it again for 15 seconds and mix well. If there are still few bits of chocolate leftover don't worry just mix well and it will melt.



Once the chocolate has melted and is ready, place one chilled date ball at a time and roll with a fork until completely coated in chocolate. Remove and keep in a clean dry plate, repeat process for the remaining date balls.




Once all are done place it in the refrigerator for a couple of minutes so that the chocolate can set. remove from the place and store in airtight containers.


Enjoy guild free Date balls or Choco Date balls.


Above ingredients would make around 25 date balls.



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