Tupak-e Khorma (Date Balls)

These delicious date balls are an easy and quick snack that need no baking and are perfect to keep you going throughout the day. They are quite healthy and nutritious thanks to the nuts and dates used in the recipe, and still super sweet without even adding any sugar! Although dates are approximately 50% sugar, eating dates does not have an effect on blood glucose levels like refined sugar.

To garnish these date energy balls I used walnuts, pistachio, coconut and dried rose petals, but feel free to replace them with any other nuts you prefer or you have in home.


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Recipe type
Course
Serves 25-30 balls (depending on the size of the balls)
Prep time
10m

Ingredients

  • 500 Grams
    dates
  • 50 Grams
    butter
  • 100 Grams
    Petit Beurre biscuit (1 pack)
  • crushed nuts (walnuts, pistachio, almonds, coconut, ...) to garnish
  • 1 Teaspoon
    ground cinnamon *optional

Instructions

  1. Wash the dates and remove their skin. Then slice each date in half and pull out the seeds.

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  2. Saute the dates in a non-stick pan with the butter over low heat just until the butter melts. Set aside.

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  3. In a mixing bowl crush the biscuits into small pieces.

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  4. Add the dates and butter mixture and cinnamon to the bowl and mix well.

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  5. Place the nuts separately in small bowls to ease the process. Here you see sprinkles, coconut powder (Plain and mixed with saffron), crushed walnuts and crushed pistachio. Also for some of the balls I used dry rose petals which is a common ingredient in Persian cuisine.

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  6. Dampen your hands and scoop one tablespoon of date paste and form it into a little ball (the size of a walnut) and roll into the nut bowls.
    Refrigerate them for some minutes and serve. Enjoy!

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