Wednesday, July 17, 2013

419. Iraqi Date Truffles with Caraway and Fennel Seeds

There is more than one variety of date truffles, and this is the second on this blog after Iraqi Madgooga.
Packed with nutrients and fiber and minerals, the date is a modest miracle fruit. There is definitely something wrong with all those super food lists that leave out the date fruit.
For a subtle hint of flavor, I chose coconut oil to warm up the dates.
Ghee is more traditionally used, or more recently butter. I just happened to like the flavor the coconut oil lends to the date balls. I also used whole caraway and fennel seeds which are also lightly toasted in the coconut oil to release their aroma, and in addition they also lend texture to the truffle balls.


4 cups pitted packed dates
2 Tbsp coconut oil (or ghee or butter)
2 tsp caraway seeds
2 tsp fennel seeds


In a pot over medium-high heat, saute the coconut oil (or ghee or butter) with the caraway and fennel seeds until just fragrant.
Add the pitted dates all in one go, and stir while mashing the date until it is reduced to a thick paste.
Once homogenous, remove from heat and set aside to get cool enough to handle.
Once cooled, take walnut-sized pinches and roll between your palms into bite-sized balls.
Allow to cool completely (they will harden as they cool) before serving.

 صحة و عافية


Jen @ Blue Kitchen Bakes said...

Thanks for this recipe, I've recently bought a big packet of dates as they were on special offer in my local supermarket but haven't decided what to do with then yet. These look like a good idea though, much better for snacking on than chocolate :)

Maryam Mohammed said...

The variations are endless and make for such a satisfying snack that you will forget how incredibly healthy they are!

Kim Harley said...

Salam alaikum sister,
Do I have to change anything in the recipe if I use date paste instead?

Maryam Mohammed said...

Wa alaikum al salam dear sister.
If your date paste is unflavored, I would suggest changing nothing except perhaps using less oil.
Afiat, and an early eid mubarak to you.

Kim Harley said...

JazakAllah khair I will try your recipe tomorrow inshaAllah
Have a blessed eid too dear sister

Maryam Mohammed said...

Yjzeena wa yjzeek inshAllah.