I first noticed these sweeties at the Indian store. Of course I bought them, and they looked and tasted yummy. Online, I found this recipe, but have decided to make mine a little different, with the ingredients I had at home, and no butter. These are gluten free, but if you don’t care, you can add wheat, oats and more, to your taste.
I usually chew down a few balls right before I start my run, for a boost of energy.
Now- you’ll need to excuse the lack of exact quantities, as I made them without measuring.
- 1 handful pistachios
- 1 handful almonds
- 1 handful walnuts
- 1 – 1.5 cups of pitted dates or pitted date mixture*, or half of each combined together
- 2-3 tablespoons tahini (100% ground sesame seeds paste)
- 1 tablespoon honey or silan**
- throw walnuts + pistachios + almonds in the food processor, and chop chop- yet- not till it’s powdery, but way before that, when the mixture has small chunks that you would feel in your mouth.
- add dates + tahini + honey (or silan), and mix till it’s blended to a nice, soft mixture that kind of sticks together. If you feel that it falls apart, add more dates and a bit of honey.
- with hands, roll mixture into little balls, place on a tray and into the freezer they go. Take out or move to the fridge for a softer bite.
* date mixtures can be found in specialty cook stores or any middle eastern or indian stores. I find the regular pitted dates to work great !
** silan is honey made from dates. Can be found in the kosher isle of some stores. Reg. honey will do !!
***finally, add-ons: almost anything yummy can be added to compose a real good snack: cocoa powder, coconut powder or flakes, any kind of nuts, puffed kamut/rice/wheat, chia, quinoa, corn flakes, old dried cookies, sesame seeds, etc. Also, instead of dates, you can put figs, or a combo of both.