Monday, November 7, 2011

Carob Almond Balls

These delicious treats are quick and easy to make but have a rich, sophisticated flavor. 

Carob Almond Balls

18 dates, pitted and chopped
1 1/2 cups almond meal
3/4 cup carob powder
1 tsp alcohol-free vanilla

1. Process dates in food processor until finely chopped and dates adhere together.

2. Add almond meal, carob powder and vanilla.  Process until smooth.

3. Roll dough into small balls.  Refrigerate.

Servings: 28
Yield: 28

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 ball. 
Calories: 63.24
Calories From Fat:  8.73
Total Fat: 0.99g
Saturated Fat: 0.06g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 0.16mg
Potassium: 107.53mg
Total Carbohydrates: 14.04g
Fiber: 2.08g
Sugar: 11.18g
Protein:: 0.73g

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Quick and Easy Date Syrup

A lot of my recipes call for 1/2 cup date syrup.  In my cookbook and on my web site,, I have a recipe for a full 2 cup batch of date syrup.  Date syrup keeps well in an air tight container in the refrigerator for about 2-3 weeks.

Sometimes you just don't want to make a full batch of date syrup to make one of the other recipes in the cookbook.  Here's a quick and easy way to make 1/2 cup portion of date syrup.

Quick and Easy Date Syrup

6 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Combine all ingredients in a 2 cup glass measuring cup.  Microwave for 1 1/3 to 2 minutes until water has come to a boil.  Let cool.  Puree in small nut grinder, small food processor or personal blender until smooth.

Tips:  The trick is to use a small enough container so that the date mixture will actually be pureed.  I have a small nut grinder that works the best for this purpose.