Lisa Hecht’s Chocolate, Walnut and Date Energy Bites blend Persian and Indian flavors, to make a sticky and warmly spiced all natural sweet treat. This recipe would be perfect for the Jewish holiday of Purim. With nothing artificial added, these energy bites would be equally good served alongside hot black coffee, or included in a child’s lunch box!
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Tell us about yourself, Lisa Hecht!
I’m originally from Montreal but currently live in Philadelphia. My ancestry is a mix of Eastern European, Indian and Iraqi Jews. Growing up, the food we ate at home was a broad representation of my cultural heritage, ranging from popular foods like bagels, lox & cream cheese and matzoh ball soup, to more spicy dishes like curry and samosas.
Your Instagram feed is so beautiful. Do you have an artistic background?
In college I studied Fine Arts and worked as a practicing artist and university instructor for over ten years. When I moved to Philadelphia with my husband nine years ago, my career opportunities changed. Eventually I decided to go back to school and get a degree in Culinary Arts. I’m now working on building up my portfolio as a food photographer and food stylist. I love the expression “we eat with our eyes first”. Of course food should taste good, but I also think it should look beautiful too.
Join me over at @lisa_mozelle
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What’s the story behind your Chocolate, Walnut, and Date Energy Bites Recipe?
I’ve come across recipes for date & nut balls in several Iraqi and Persian cookbooks that I own. I wanted to create a recipe that used some of my favorite spices that I typically cook with in Indian cuisine. This included cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom. Adding cocoa powder to the recipe just added a layer of richness that turned this into a more decadent treat.
My husband and I love to have them for dessert or with a Turkish coffee in the middle of the afternoon.Print
1 cup walnuts
¾ cup pitted dates
2 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cardamom
¼ tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
½ cup shredded coconut
Mix all ingredients except for coconut in a food processor until it forms a coarse paste. Some of the walnut pieces should still be visible.
Take a walnut size piece of the mixture in your hand and roll into a ball.
Spread the shredded coconut on a plate and roll the balls in them to form a light coating.
Repeat with all the remaining mixture.
Stored in the fridge in an airtight container, and remove shortly before serving.
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