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Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are important to the normal functioning of all tissues of the body. Learn more about fatty acids here.

Date and Walnut Balls

Date and Walnut Balls

Moist, sweet dates are nature's candy. Their gentle sweetness is highlighted in these delectable fruit and nut balls.


Makes 30 balls

1 1/4 cups walnuts
1/2 pound soft and moist dates, pitted
4-5 tablespoons hot water, as needed
oil spray


Coarsely chop half the walnuts and very finely grind the rest.

Process dates into a soft paste in a food processor, adding just enough hot water, one tablespoon at a time, to make a stiff but pliable mixture. Transfer to a bowl and work in the coarsely chopped walnuts with your hands. Lightly oil your hands so the paste does not stick.

Take small lumps of paste and roll into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in the finely ground walnuts. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information | Per serving (1 ball):

calories: 49; fat: 2.8 g; saturated fat: 0.3 g; calories from fat: 50.9%; cholesterol: 0 mg; protein: 0.8 g; carbohydrates: 6.2 g; sugar: 4.9 g; fiber: 0.9 g; sodium: 0 mg; calcium: 7 mg; iron: 0.2 mg; vitamin C: 0.1 mg; beta-carotene: 1 mcg; vitamin E: 0 mg

Recipe by Jo Stepaniak found in Breaking the Food Seduction by Neal Barnard, M.D.


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