When you want to eat something sweet and healthy, these naturally sweetened almond date balls are a good option.   

Almond Date Balls

I want to post a healthy choice in the last day of this year so it will be ready for the first day of the new year.  If one of your New Year resolutions is eating healthy, here is my almond and date truffles.   I covered my 3 Ingredient Healthy Fig and Walnut Truffles with chocolate before.   Instead of covering my almond and date truffles with chocolate, I want to give them a different look .  This time, I roll the balls into the shredded coconut which look like snow, give the winter feeling.  You may think of dipping these healthy balls into the melted bittersweet chocolate if you are making these for your kids, as chocolate will attract their attention easily.

Almond Date Ball Covered with Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

Dates work as natural sweeteners.  If you want to eat something sweet and healthy, these truffles are a good option for you.  You eat deeply flavored sweet almonds.

First, I toast the almonds which give a very nice aroma to these truffles.  Toasting step is the key in this recipe.   Almond’s rich aroma is essential.  I toast the almonds on the stove in a pan over medium heat for 3 minutes.  I stir them in every 15-20 seconds to prevent them burning.  When  their  strong aroma fills in the kitchen, I take them from the stove.  I spread the almonds on the baking sheet and let them cool before grounding.

Toasting the almonds in a pan.

While the almonds are cooling, I soak the dates in warm water for 15 minutes until they are soft.  I remove the pits.  You may need more time if your dates are not soft enough.

Dates soaked into warm water.

I ground the almonds in the food processor and then I add in the pitted dates and mix until they form a paste.   I slowly add 2 teaspoons of water to make the process easier and make the mixture moister.  You may need more or less water depending on your dates.   Make sure you mix the almonds and dates well before adding water so you can decide the right amount.

Steps of Making Almond Balls:  Grounding the almonds, adding the pitted dates and processing until the mixture forms a paste.Then I roll the dough into 15 gram balls (almost a tablespoon big).   This recipe makes 10 truffles so, alternatively you can divide the dough equally into 10 pieces and roll each into a ball.  Finally, I roll the balls into the shredded coconut to give the final touch.

Steps of Making Almond Balls:  Rolling the dough into balls and covering the balls with unsweetened shredded coconut.

I wish you a happy new year full of health, joy and happiness 🙂

Almond & Date Balls

If you want to eat something sweet and healthy, these almond and date balls are for you. Very yummy and easy to make! 

Course Healthy Snacks
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10 balls
Calories 74 kcal
Author www.pastryandbeyond.com

Ingredients

  • 75 g (1/2 cup) pitted dates
  • 75 g (1/2 cup) almonds
  • 1 tablespoon shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Soak the dates in warm water for 15 minutes or until they are soft. Remove the pits.
  2. Toast the almonds on the stove in a pan over medium heat. Stir them in every 15-20 seconds to prevent them burning. When the almonds give off their strong aroma, take them from the stove. It takes almost 3 minutes. Spread them on the baking sheet and let them cool before grounding.
  3. When the almonds are cool, put them into the food processor and ground them.
  4. Add in the pitted dates, and process until they form a paste. If the mixture is dry, add 1 teaspoon water. Pulse again and if needed add 1 teaspoon or more water. Be sure to mix well before adding water.
  5. Roll the dough into 15 grams balls. Alternatively, you can divide the dough equally into 10 pieces and roll each into a ball as this recipe makes 10 balls. Then roll the balls into the shredded coconut.

The nutrition information above is an estimate that is provided by an online nutrition calculator.

 

Almond & Date Truffles

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