A golden walnut encased in a sweet date puree and rolled in sesame seeds is a traditional bite-size sweet made by the Indigenous people of the Mesopotamia region in the Middle East.
To the south east of the region my husband’s mother warms the puree in butter before shaping them into little morsels and rolling in sesame seeds.
The humble, but always delicious and nutritious date ball has evolved over time with all kinds of combinations of dried fruit, nuts and seeds thrown into the mix.
Sometimes known as health balls, bliss balls, energy bites or marathon balls, we have named ours Power bliss balls because of the big flavours of roasted nuts, toasted seeds and buttery fruit puree.
Create your own combination of nuts, seeds, fruits and flavours or follow our energy packed recipe below.
Power bliss balls
- 1 cup of nuts – we used half almonds, half hazelnuts
- 5 tablespoons of seeds – we used seasame and sunflower
- 2 cups of dried fruit – we used 1 cup of dates and 1 cup mixed dried figs and apricots
- 2 tbsp butter
- 3 tbsp cocoa
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
- 1 tsp ground cardamon
- pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 180℃.
Place the nuts on their own tray and roast for about 10-15 minutes. The hazelnut skins should start to peel back and the lovely smell of roasted nuts will fill your kitchen.
Remove nuts from the oven and place the hazelnuts in the middle of a clean tea towel. Wrap the hazelnuts up and rub them around inside the tea towel until most of their skins come off.
Pick out the hazelnuts and place them with the almonds in a food processor. Whizz them into a coarse crumble and tip them into a bowl.
Heat a frying pan over medium heat and toast the seeds for about 1 mixture or until they smell toasty and start to turn golden. Add the seeds to the nuts in the food processor.
In the same frying pan melt butter, add the fruit and warm through until softened a little.
Put the warm buttery fruit into the food processor with the nuts, seeds, cocoa, coconut, cardamon and salt. Blend them together until combined.
Roll the mixture into balls – as small or as large as you like. Roll them in coconut or crushed nuts or more sesame seeds if you like.
Enjoy them at room temperature or refrigerate until you’re ready to eat.
Store them in an air tight container either in the fridge or pantry – their high natural sugar content will preserve them.