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Category: Desserts

Shira Levy's no-bake nut balls

Shira Levy's no-bake nut balls
Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Wear silly clothes. Play pranks. Feast, play cards and games, and maybe even drink a little. While this may sound like any college student's idea of a perfect evening, it's actually the traditional way to celebrate the Jewish festival of ... Read more

Total time: 25 minutes | Makes 30 pieces
Note: Shira Levy of Florida makes these nut balls for mishloach manot every Purim and often throughout the year. To vary the recipe, you can add dried cranberries, a few drops of vanilla or rum extract, a tablespoon or more of carob or cocoa powder, or pecans, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or sesame seeds to the mixture and then grind till uniform. Use silicon decorative mini-ice-cube trays to create attractive shapes: Press the mixture into the trays, and put them in the freezer for at least an hour or two. They pop out easily once they are frozen. Levy shares other recipes and tips at her blog, silver-gal.blogspot.com.
  • 1 cup unsalted almonds
  • 1 cup unsalted walnuts
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 6 pitted dates
  • 1 cup finely chopped unsweetened shredded coconut

Step 1In a food processor, chop the almonds and walnuts finely and then add the raisins and dates. Process till the mixture is uniform and sticky.

Step 2Using greased hands, roll the mixture into 30 (1-inch) balls and place on a large plate.

Step 3Pour the shredded coconut into another plate and roll the balls in it. Alternatively, the coconut may be incorporated into the nut ball mixture.

Step 4To serve the nut balls, pack in mini baking cup papers.

Each piece
113 calories; 2 grams protein; 14 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams fiber; 6 grams fat; 2 grams saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 10 grams sugar; 2 mg. sodium.
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