Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Date Macadamia Balls

macadmia nut date coconut rolls

This is a more desserty version of my DIY Larabars from a previous post. I made these balls on Sunday intending them to be a snack/treat for my upcoming week of lunches. Problem was, I couldn't get enough of them and I ate almost half of them in the following few hours. So I had very few left for weekday treats and had to make some muffins instead. A small price to pay, really.

I truly believe that these taste like chocolate donuts. The Man of Science, while he doesn't quibble about their deliciousness, disagrees about the donut thing. We are mature people, we can agree to disagree. And granted, it's been a long time since I've had a chocolate donut. But oh, how these reminded me of those days when I could eat Timbits with reckless abandon.

Date Macadamia Balls

1 1/2 cups macadamia nuts, ground
1 cup of dates, ground
2 tsp cocoa powder
approximately 1 cup of shredded coconut for rolling

Mix nuts, dates, and cocoa powder until they form a smooth "dough".

Shape dough into tablespoon-sized blobs and roll them into balls.

Roll each ball in shredded coconut to coat the outside.

Refrigerate for half an hour. Or just shove a bunch of them in your face right away.

Makes about 20 balls.

Some Notes:

-Wilco tickets go on sale today! Nothing to do with food, just excited.

-Have we talked about Ellen Degeneres' veganism yet? I am happy to live in a world where vegan lesbians have their own talk shows. And have you seen the food section of her website? It's quite something. Simple vegan recipes that will probably look good to her core audience. So much better than celebrities who talk up vegan eating, but only post complicated recipes that would bewilder and alienate most people. I'm looking at you, Oprah.

-Balls! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.



Azzahar said...

By dates you mean fresh dates?

Looks very delicious:)

The Voracious Vegan said...

Those look so yummy, I can imagine myself eating a bucket load. They would make the perfect movie snack, I think.

And yay for Ellen, she is just amazing!

J. said...

Azzahar: no, I use dried dates. I get them in bulk at my local bulk food store. I do soak them briefly in hot water before putting them in the food processor so it is not too hard on my machine.

VV:Movie snack! Great idea!

•¦Amy¦• said...

More wonderful looking food! Now I'm seriously thinking about becoming vegan...

I love Ellen... just plain and simple I love her :)

Stella said...

BALLS! Hahahaha, indeed.

robyn said...

I had the same obsession with Lara bars and decided to try my own. I ended up using just dates, almonds and walnuts blended in the food processor. I think your hint of soaking briefly in hot water a great one because mine were crumbly and needed a lot of pressure to start to stick together. Although this date/nut crumb mixture could probably make a nice crust for a dessert.