Thursday, August 30, 2012

Middle Eastern Style Coconut Date Rolls

The internet can be like the black hole for me.  I check out one youtube clip and the next moment, I find it's been an hour and I really don't know where the time has gone.  Sometimes the journey through the black hole can be rewarding though.  Recently I came across the Mama Natural channel.  On one of her recent videos (click on her name above to view) she mentioned coconut rolled dates.  Now, I don' know if this is the absolute same thing as what is in her video but, I think it's pretty darn healthy all the same.  Coconut date rolls are a middle eastern treat.  Mainly they tend to be served with tea.  Off of this recipe, I made my own out of what I had in the pantry. Now, next time, I think I'll give almonds a try like the original recipe but the walnuts worked out great.  The honey may not be necessary for everyone.  For me, I felt it helped make the mixture adhere more.

5 oz. dates
1/4 cup walnuts
1-2 tsp. honey
unsweetened coconut (maybe 1/4 cup for this recipe)

  1. Place dates and walnuts in the food processor and pulverize them together.  This may take a few minutes. You'll know it's done when the chunks are for the most part gone and you can rolls the "paste" into balls or rolls.  If it's not happening, the honey helped.  Just put a little bit at a time! 
  2. Roll the "dough" or "paste" into rolls or balls.  
  3. Pour coconut onto a dish
  4.  Roll the formed balls or rolls in coconut to coat

Now, mama natural claims these taste like fudge.  I'll leave that up to the taste testers out there in internet world.  For me, it's not completely like fudge. (I don't know if it's humanly possible to duplicate fudge and still be healthy.....) but the texture really is phenomenally close. Honestly, that's what I crave the most when I'm craving brownies or fudge....the texture.  That oooey gooey rich loveliness.  This combined with the sweetness really does the trick.  I can eat a whole bunch of them and not feel totally guilty. With no chocolate or dairy this really could turn into a family (or mommy) favorite! Completely parve (kosher for passover too) and vegan.  Healthy walnut fat for the brain and date sweetness for energy makes these the perfect after school snack (seriously, my eldest loved them).

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