Our Nutty date marzipan balls were made in gift packages and sold at our popup café last December, and they became so extremely popular, we had to put the recipe on the blog asap, and people called us up ordering more, even if we don’t sell from home. We also made 600 of them to hand out as free samples for our stand at Vegan Weekend in September, they also vanished quickly, both kids and adults became almost obsessed. We of course agree with them, these are dangerously good!
They are, as a bonus, much healthier than regular treats too! They don’t contain white sugar (besides the dark chocolate, if you can’t find unsweetened versions) and they are full of healthy dates and nuts. (We don’t talk about the calories …).
Ingredients for about 30-40 balls, depending on size:
- 250 grams raw almonds (you can presoak them to make them easier digested if preferred)
- 15-20 juicy dates, depending on size
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp almond extract (kan be skipped but gives a wonderful flavor)
- Dash of maple syrup (remember, the dates are very sweet)
- 4-500 grams dark, vegan chocolate, preferrably grain sweetened, but you can use what you have
- Chopped nuts for decoration
This is how you do it:
Add the almonds to a food processor and run them into crumbs/very coarse meal. If you want your marzipan smoother, run them a little longer, but be careful not to make nut butter!
Add the vanilla and maple syrup. Remove the pits from the dates and add them too, but only halv of them first, then one by one while the machine is running, until you have a slightly sticky “dough”. You should be able to make firm balls without them crumbling apart.
Make balls with lightly wet hands and put them on a tray. Place the balls in the freezer while you make the chocolate cover:
Melt the chocolate by putting it into a glass or metal bowl. Add a little water (don’t let it touch the bottom of the bowl) to a casserole smaller than the bowl, and let it come to a boil. Turn the heat off or to the lowest, and place the bowl on top of the casserole. The chocolate will melt from the heat, it takes about 5-10 minutes. Stir once in a while but not too much.
When the chocolate is all melted, dip the balls into it one by one with the help of two forks or spoons. Place them on a tray and spinkle with chopped nuts or shredded coconut or other decoration of choice (do this before the chocolate hardens, and it hardens fast!). Place them in the fridge until hardened, about 15-30 minutes.
Keep refridgerated. They can stand room temperature for several hours, so if the environment isn’t too warm, they make perfect gifts under the Christmas tree! 🙂