Nutri Natters

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Rich and delicious chocolate and nut nibbles

9th December 2011

Home made goodies make very acceptable Christmas or Easter presents. These delicious chocolate and nut treats are perfect to give to loved ones.  They look like mini Christmas puds and make an ideal accompaniment to after-dinner coffee. There is no need to add sugar as the dates are naturally sweet. You can vary the recipe by using a different selection of nuts – walnuts and pecans would work well, too.

You’ll need a food processor.

Ingredients: (makes 10 bite size balls)
Double or triple the quantities given below to make a big batch.

50gr unsalted cashew nuts
50gr unsalted almonds
50 gr dark chocolate (70% cocoa minimum)
50gr pitted dates
1 dessertspoon tahini (sesame seed paste)
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice or cinnamon
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder (optional)

What to do:
1. Grind the nuts in a food processor and add the spice. Transfer to a bowl and put to one side.
2. Melt the chocolate and tahini together in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Do not allow any water to transfer to the chocolate mixture. Stir until the chocolate has dissolved.
3. Whiz the dates in the food processor. Add the chocolate/tahini mixture to the dates and whiz again.
4. Add the ground nuts to the date and chocolate paste and mix together well.
5. Form the nutty chocolate paste into 10 balls with your hands and place in the fridge on a plate for a few hours to allow them to set.
6. Dust with cocoa powder for a special finishing touch.

Keep in a tin or covered dish in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for up to a month.

To give as presents, put half a dozen or more of the nibbles into small paper cases and place in a gift bag tied at the neck with brightly coloured raffia or gift ribbon.