Power balls

A golden walnut encased in a sweet date puree and rolled in sesame seeds is a traditional bite-size sweet made by the Indigenous people of the Mesopotamia region in the Middle East. To the south east of the region my husband’s mother warms the puree in butter before shaping them into little morsels and rolling in sesame seeds. The humble, but always delicious and nutritious date ball has evolved over time with all kinds of combinations of dried fruit, nuts and seeds thrown into the mix. Sometimes known as health balls or marathon balls, we have named ours power balls because of the big flavours of roasted nuts, toasted seeds and buttery fruit puree


Makes lots

  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup dried dates
  • 6 dried Turkish figs
  • 8 dried Turkish apricots
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp ground cardamon
  • pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 180℃. Place the nuts on separate trays and roast for about 10-15 minutes. The hazelnut skins start to peel back and the lovely smell of roasted nuts fill your kitchen. Remove from the oven and place the hazelnuts in the middle of a clean tea towel. Wrap the hazelnuts up and rub them around inside the tea towel until most of their skins come off. Pick out the hazelnuts and place them with the almonds in a food processor. Whizz them into a coarse crumble and tip them into a bowl.

Heat a frying pan over medium heat and toast the seeds for about 1 minute or until they smell toasty and start to turn golden. Add the seeds to the nut mixture.

In the food processor whizz the fruit into a coarse puree. In a frying pan melt butter, add the fruit puree and warm through until softened. Put the puree back into the food processor, adding the nuts and seeds, cocoa, coconut, cardamon and salt. Blend them until combined.

Roll the mixture into small mouthfuls. If you like you can then roll them in coconut or crushed nuts or more sesame seeds. Enjoy them warm or refrigerate until they’re cool and hard. Store them in an air tight container.



This entry was published on October 21, 2016 at 3:38 am. It’s filed under Appetisers & salads, Cakes, pastries, biscuits & bread, Special dietary requirements and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Power balls

  1. Pingback: Apricot and toasted coconut balls – coloured plates

  2. Nice to read the history of it! They look delicious as well!


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