I keep seeing these at my grocers & the supermarket, so I decided to give them a go and they are SO easy.
They would be perfect in school lunch boxes or for a quick easy mid morning snack at work or home. They would even be a lovely sweet finish at a dinner party, served along with coffee.
I used medjool dates so they blended beautifully and they blended in seconds. I never pass up a chance to add a bit of citrus zing to a dish though too so added some orange zest. This is completely optional.
1 large organic orange
1 cup of pitted medjool dates
¼ cup of desiccated coconut
Grate the peel of the orange with a citrus zester. Put the rest of the orange aside for another use.
Blend the dates & zest together until you get your desired texture. I blended mine until it was smooth.
Get a tablespoon of mixture and roll it into a ball and then into a log shape. Repeat until all the mixture has been shaped.
Once all the date mixture is shaped into logs, roll the logs in the coconut.
Serve straight away or refrigerate in an air tight container in the fridge.
Yields: 16 small date rolls
Time: 10 minutes.
Notes: My medjool dates were organic and so soft and caramel like. If you use dates that are not quite as pliable and soft you may need to add a small amount of water to get them to blend.
Lemon zest instead of orange zest would be a gorgeous addition too. You could also roll them in sesame seeds, pistachios or any other nut instead of coconut. Just make sure any rolled in nuts don’t go into lunch boxes as schools tend to be nut free zones these days:)