Brown Burrs: Date-Nut Balls

Recipe for Brown Burrs: Date-Nut Balls
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1 pound dates, finally chopped
2 cups shredded coconut, divided
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons grated orange zest (or chopped candied orange peel)


In a bowl, combine the dates, 1 cup of coconut, and the walnuts. (Note: You can use a meat grinder or food processor until finely chopped.) Add lemon juice and orange peel. Knead until well blended. Form rounded ½ teaspoonfuls of the mixture and shape into balls with your fingers.

Chop remaining 1 cup coconut until quite fine and toast very lightly to a delicate brown.

Spread the coconut on a plate. Roll balls immediately in coconut and set aside to dry.

Add extra coconut flakes for that snowball effect, pressing to coat.


Makes about 3 dozen.

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Tasty with no added sugar.

Tasty with no added sugar. Perfect to put in a lunchbox or as an after school snack.