Chocolate Date and Walnut Balls

Chocolate Date and Walnut Balls

What you need

  • Pitted dates 2 cups.
  • Grated orange rind of one orange.
  • Walnuts 1 cup.
  • Good quality dark chocolate 100g.

Preparation time: 45 minutes


  • Chop dates roughly, place in a bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds.
  • Transfer to food processor, add orange rind and process to a finely chopped paste; transfer this to a bowl.
  • Chop walnuts finely by hand or using a food processor; set 2 tablespoons of these aside. Add the rest to the dates and knead well to combine. Using cold wet hands, roll into small balls (the mixture should make 20). Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, break or chop chocolate into small pieces in a bowl. Melt using one of the methods listed below.
  • Using a cocktail fork or skewer, dip each ball in the chocolate and turn to ensure a complete cover. Lift from bowl, allow any excess to run off, then transfer to wax or greaseproof paper (on top of a plate or board).
  • Sprinkle the tops with remaining walnuts and refrigerate to cool.

To melt chocolate:

Microwave: heat for 2 minutes on second to lowest setting. Stir, then heat for a further minute. Stir then keep heating in this way until the chocolate is completely melted.

Water bath: set the bowl in a pan of boiling water; stir occasionally until melted

Makes 20 balls


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