Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Almond and date balls

These sweet treats are really delicious and they are low in fat and low in sugar. Such a nice and healthy treat when you feel like something sweet. They're also so easy to make. These are made using a mixture of dates and nuts and dried fruit as filling. I also tried these with crushed hazelnuts instead of almonds. Another variation I made is to make a marzipan filling which were really good however the sugar content will be much higher.

Almond date balls

250 gr dates
150gr crushed almonds
1/4 tsp cinnamon
150gr Chocolate, melted (for coating)
Crushed almonds (for rolling)

Filling

marzipan
raisins soaked in rum

Put the almonds in the food processor and process till they are coarsely chopped. Add the chopped dates and cinnamon and process till they start to clump together. Remove from bowl and using a piece of cling film press together to form a log. Cut a small piece from the log and insert a small marzipan ball in the middle and form a ball. When all the mixture is used, dip in chocolate and roll into crushed almonds.

I'm sending this recipe to http://dailytiffin.blogspot.com/ for this month's Monthly Mingle event.
and also to http://mykitchentreasures.blogspot.com/ for Home made Christmas gifts event. If you want to join just follow this link http://mykitchentreasures.blogspot.com/2008/11/announcing-home.html .

26 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

PHENOMENAL!!!

Ms Ashley said...

mmm! They look so good!

They kind of look like Almond Roca, but softer!

The Sugar Fairy said...

Dates are so sweet and yummy. I call them natures lollies. I tried to call them lollies to my kids but they didn't buy into it!

Mary said...

I like these balls with the surprise in them ....a real treat !

Sunshinemom said...

The filling is new to me and a great idea! Great entry!

v@le said...

Complimenti per il blog!!!! ci sono delle ricettine super golose e interessanti
ciao vale

Happy cook said...

With Marzipan it is reall seasonal for the holidays.
These cookies look so beautiful and delicious.And as you said so easy to make.
I am also going to to make them. Here at home we all love marzipan.
Thankyou for sending this to my event.

Meeta said...

Thanks for this great entry! Looks fantastic!

linda said...

I've made date walnut balls before and they were delicious. Will have to try them with almonds now.

Micaela said...

che buone!!! sono carinissime per natale!!! le proverò! mi segno la ricetta. baci

Claudia said...

Ciao Natalie! ma queste "pallettine" so sfiziosissime.. brava!!!!!

Adam said...

Mmmm I love anything that has dates, and almonds too :) I like how easy these are to put together, and they're sweet without being too sweet :)

mikky said...

what a great idea... love it... :)

alexandra's kitchen said...

Oh yum. I would love to have a couple of these with my morning coffee. I like the idea of the the marzipan filling.

Fantasilandia said...

Se passi da me ci sono due regalini per te!!! ;-D Baci

rach said...

Oh Yum - looks Delish!

Dolcetto said...

Se avessi qui queste palline sarei rovinata: me ne mangerei una dietro l'altra!

dolci a ...gogo!!! said...

wowwwwwwww qunate cose buone mi sono persa!!!!!la torat poi è bellissima e dolcissima!!bacioni imma

Daniela said...

These littles ball are magnificent…
best!

Trixi said...

This is GREAT! Date balls usually have egg in and I can't have raw egg. And I LUV dates... Wil most deffinately try these out.

Sophie said...

These look so good, I like that they're low sugar! Dates are naturally sweet and delicious, it was a good idea to use them :)!

Rosie said...

Just came from Happy Cooks round-up and those almond and date balls look wonderful!

Rosie x

Navita said...

WOW....i love the marzipan filling idea...never tried with tht.

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

These look scrumptious!

Just call me 'A' said...

I love these. Made them for my Christmas Goodie basket and they were appreciated by everyone. Made modifications to the recipe :)
check this out
http://foodfooddivinefood.blogspot.com/2009/02/sinful-alliance-cashewnut-dates-date.html

Thanks

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