Most of you guys have been asking me how I settle with the type of videos to share. My answer is always simple. I always stick to the ingredients I have at hand, around the pantry or fridge and let’s not forget what am craving at that very moment. I might wake up in the morning and crave a healthy or non-healthy dessert that needs a few ingredients. What happens next is, using the ingredients I have selected on my counter top, I get to research via pinterest what I can make out of those chosen items. I spend a couple of minutes to hours either replicating that recipe in my head, while having a visual of what it might look like, dream on it for a couple of minutes and then decide if I need to substitute one or two ingredients, then I settle on it. This basically means I paint a picture and bring it to life.
When I do my house shopping, I always have a list of the priority things so I strictly handle that first, then when I have some extra cash to splurge on, I buy stuff in bulk especially dried foods, nuts and the like which comes really handy especially in my line of work – and pastry baking, you need to have things at arms length.
So far I’ve been enjoying quite a lot of healthy treats with nuts, its’ my current obsession when am craving a sweet treat. I try to avoid part if not most of the un-healthy treats so I end up making them at home from scratch that are sugar free, gluten free and sometimes dairy free and that is just blissful to me. Not that I am allergic to the mentioned items or have anything against them, sometimes its’ just preferences at that moment.
Which bring us to today’s topic on “Khajur Burfi” – which is basically is the same as dates and nuts rolls. These are a sweet treat based on mixed nuts, seeds, coconut, dates and healthy oils like coconut oil or ghee all mixed together. They make a power pack snack for you and the kids or even best served after a workout. The dates are the most important ingredient in this recipe, they act as the sweetener and glue and are a great source of iron. These treats are commonly and best served during the Diwali and Eid holiday.
Two of my equipment – Mini food processor and my blender” broke (I died for like 2 mins) in the process while blitzing the dates to a paste. I would highly advice you to use power tools like large food processors that can withstand the pressure.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 8 mins Chill time: 2 hours
Total time: 2 hours 13 mins
Yields: 1 roll
- 1 cup of dates (20 pcs)
- 1/2 cup of chopped raw pistachios
- 1/2 cup of chopped raw cashew nuts
- 1 Tablespoon of desiccated shredded coconut
- 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 Tablespoon of sesame seeds
- 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne chili powder = OPTIONAL
Important tools needed:
- A powerful food processor /OR/ blender
- chopping board
- sauce pan
- wooden spoon
- Icebox – Fridge”
- measuring bowls
- Aluminium foil
- Rubber spatula
Step 1: Prep the dates – Pit the dates, this basically means removing the seeds and that hard part at the top and discarding them. Chop the pitted dates into smaller pieces. Add the chopped dates into a powerful food processor or blender and blitz for about a minute or so, until the consistency is paste like and quite sticky. Set that a side.
Step 2: Prep the nuts mix – In a bowl, mix all the chopped nuts and seeds together, add in the shredded coconut, salt and chili. Toss everything together and set a side. If you decide to make these treats for kids, DON’T ADD IN THE CHILI.
Step 3: Cooking of the nut mix + dates – In a non stick sauce pan, over the lowest heat, add the coconut oil and once it’s heated up, add in the nut mix and cook it for 2 mins tossing it around continuously until their aroma is present. Add in the the date paste to the nuts and try separating it while mixing with the nut mix continuously for at least 5 mins until everything starts coming together. Cooking it helps with combining all the flavors and the heat helps the date paste mix warm up and be easier to bind everything together. Turn off the heat.
Step 4: Shaping it and wrapping it – Using the rubber spatula, off the heat and still in the pan, keep tossing the mixture while pressing it together, this will help cool it slightly. Transfer all the mixture onto a piece of an aluminium foil. NB: – The mixture at this stage is still very hot, so handle with care. With your hands and palm, keep pressing the mixture together, roll it around shaping it like a sausage while making sure every thing sticks together and well. Cover it with the piece of aluminium foil, and fasten the two ends.
Step 5: Refrigerate for 2 hours until its firm enough to slice.
Step 6: Slice and serve.
The cayenne just brings it to life with the faint chili taste to it. The crunch, flavors and sweetness from the dates and nuts is on a whole new level. This has got to be my favorite “no bake” sugar and gluten free dessert. It smells delicious and the kids are going to love it. Emit the chili if you get to prepare these for the kids. #Yum.