Since I ate these at a local restaurant, I wanted to make something similar at home. A sweet, crunchy and very aromatic treat that is the most amazing and healthy snack. The storebought version was made with boondis, little balls made from fried gram flour. I substituted puffed rice for the boondis. The almond coconut balls are easy to make. Soak the dates in water for a couple of hours and toast you coconut over medium heat until golden brown.
Almond-Coconut Balls (makes 19)
1 1/3 cups chopped dates, soaked in water for a couple of hours, drained
1/2 cup dried, shredded coconut, toasted
1 T lemon juice
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground cloves
1 pinch ground cardamom
1/2 t lemon peel
1 cup puffed rice
1/2 cup ground almonds
Place the soaked dates in a food processor and add lemon juice. Process until the dates turn into a creamy paste. Add some more water if neccessary. Combine in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients (except almonds), mix until everything is well combined and form into balls (walnut-sized). Coat with ground almonds and store in an airtight container.