A little over a month ago I threw a little housewarming. The house was already warm, since I had already moved in months before, but still.
I actually never throw parties, it’s such a hassel sometimes. Also, the attention; not really a fan…Still, I threw one and I enjoyed it. So I decided to make it really easy on myself and only serve food I could prepare well in advance; to have less hassel the day of the party. This meant I nixed warm or fried food and anything that needed an oven.
Instead I served the following: Tabouleh (Lebanese couscous salad), Tunisian tajine (not to be confused with the Moroccan tajine. Our tajine has more in common with a quiche. there might be a recipe in the works), lots of cheeses and crackers, fruit salad, olives, vegetables with a greek yoghurt dip. But the star of the party were these date based snacks.
And since a lot of people asked me for the recipe; here it is!
- Dates, pitted : About 30
- Oatmeal : 10 tablespoons
- Coconibs : 4 tablespoons
- Vanilla extract : 1 Tablespoon
- Cinnamon :1 Tablespoon
- Ground Coconutsnippers : 5 tablespoons
- A little water : 1 tablespoon
Cut the dates in small pieces.
Combine the dates with the rest of the ingredients
Add just a little bit of water ; about 1 tablespoon and mix everything together with a wooden spoon. Make small ‘balls’ around the size of a wallnut. Then roll them in some water (to make the ground coconut stick) and after that in some ground dried coconut.
When you buy dates you have to make sure you check the inside when depitting. Sometimes they’re not that clean.
In my previous recipe I used fresh orange juice instead of water, but if you need to keep them a little longer, I would advise you to use water. If you’re planning on eating them within a couple of days, you can use orange juice; it’ll give it a little extra zing.
You can keep them in the fridge for a pretty long time.