These little date balls are really good. I don't like to eat a lot of dates because the sugar in them really gets me wound up. But on occasion or when you need to take something to a social event these little things work great! Pistachios are a very beautiful nut as well. They remind me of fall.
These only have 5 ingredients and you will need a food processor.
- 1 cup Pistachios, unsalted and raw
- 10-15 Dates
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract, or to taste
- Salt, to taste (just a small pinch will do)
- Cinnamon, to taste (just a small pinch will do)
Add the pistachios to the food processor and chop up into very fine small pieces. It is possible you could over do this and turn it into a nut paste but that takes some serious time so it is highly unlikely. Remove about a 1/4 of the pistachios fro,m the food processor and set aside in a bowl or plate. You will use these to coat the outside of the 'truffles'. Then add your dates, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Make sure you removed the pits from the dates. Pulse the food processor until these are well mixed. You may have to scrape the sides. It should form like a mass that gets thrown all over the food processor. It is kinda weird but it is the desired effect you are looking for. If it does not form a solid mass you will need to add more dates. Dates always vary in size and moisture so just play around. Then give it a taste and see if you would like more salt or cinnamon. I wouldn't add anymore vanilla. You could risk getting to much of an alcohol taste or smell. Vanilla should not be prominent and most likely hard to taste in the finished product.
Once satisfied take the date nut mixture out of the food processor. I always have some non latex gloves around for kitchen tasks and this would be a good time to use them. Otherwise your hands will become very messy. Make little balls with the date and pistachio mixture and then coat in ground pistachios. Kind of like making dirt balls when I was a kid but I don't get to throw them at anyone.
These things disappear fast around my house. I always hide a few for the next day. You can make these with different types of nuts. To make them a little more savory you could add an herb or possibly use a curry spice. You may stumble across some great combos if you try...