Winter brings in abundance of dry fruits like dates, cashew, almond, pistachios. They are high on nutrition and keep you warm from within. And with festivals bestowing upon us no better time to use them in our indulgence. This festive season I want to take an inspired yet not so ventured route. I want to use the goodness of the dry fruits and create a dish which is healthy and tasty and sure to win hearts.
This is a sweet that kids will love too. It’s nutty, yummy and a satisfying sweet. I consider this as a quick energy bite as well. Why not eat some tasty healthy bites when you are hungry and fill with good proteins.
Out of many sweets I made for Indian festival Diwali, this is the most easiest one. Now that I have mentioned Diwali , I would like to talk more about it. For the readers who do not know why Indians celebrate Diwali here it is.
Diwali symbolises the “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”.
Diwali is one of my favorite festivals since childhood. While I was in India I used to decorate the floor with Rangoli (Its an art form created by colored sand/rice and flower petals) and lite the oil lamps around it and all around the house beating the negative energy and lighting up the positivity! Getting together with the entire family and relatives is always fun. While I am blogging this sentence, I recollected all my memories back from home and I really miss it! Well……
Wishing all my readers a very Happy Diwali and hoping that you will make this sweet for the festival.
Let’s meet the ingredients and steps to make this yummy dessert or energy bites
If you made this, please leave a comment and rate the recipe.
- Blender or food processor
- 1 Cup Dates About 15-16
- 1/3 Cup Nuts Pista, Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans (Or any nuts that you may like)
- 1 Tbsp Clarified butter (Ghee) Vegan's can use Vegan Ghee
- 2 Tbsp Poppy seeds or Sesame seeds
- Process Dates: Remove the seeds from dates and process the dates to a coarse paste in a blender/food processor (If you don’t want to use a blender then chop the dates finely and skip blending)
- Blend: Blend the dates into coarse paste. Keep it aside.
- Dry roast seeds: Heat a pan and dry roast the poppy seeds or sesame seeds for a minute. Transfer it to a bowl.
- Roast nuts: Heat a small amount of ghee in a pan and roast the nuts for about a minute. Transfer to a plate.
- Cook dates with ghee: To the same pan add remaining Ghee add the coarse blend dates. Mix well until it becomes a whole mass. Initially it may be difficult to mix, but when the mixture gets heated, dates will become soft and pulpy. It takes 3-4 minutes in medium high flame.
- Add nuts: To this add the roasted nuts & mix till everything incorporates well for about a minute or 2. when it becomes a whole mass and non-sticky, transfer it to a plate.
- Shape it: When it turns slightly warm, make a log shape as shown in the picture above.
- Coat: Coat it in the roasted poppy seeds or sesame seeds and roll in a plastic wrap.
- Cool it: Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Cut and serve: Use a sharp knife and cut it into round pieces. Serve them once it comes to room temperature.
- Easily made as Vegan , just replace Ghee with Vegan Ghee. Isn’t this easy?
- Coating on the sweet is purely optional. You can replace the poppy seeds with sesame seeds or desiccated coconut.
- Choose any nuts that you may like
- Did you know you can add chocolate powder at the end to make this dates chocolate sweets?
- Instead of rolling it like a log and cut it into circles , this can be placed in a plate and refrigerate it then cut into desired shape.
- This roll stays good for 3-4 days in room temperature. If you want to keep it for a longer time so refrigerate it.
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