Help yourself to health conscious treats this Easter, marzipan made with only two ingredients, raw almonds and dates. Covered in dark chocolate and some fancy decoration, these little balls of goodness will brighten your day. You can actually indulge in these goodies throughout the year.
The inspiration for these round goodnesses were these energy squares I made a few years ago, recipe in Norwegian HERE. Marzipan as many know is made of almonds, egg white, sugar / glucose and often added a little cognac, sherry or another nice liqueur for flavour. The main ingredients are almonds that needs a binder and sweetener, when I made energy squares I used dates to keep everything together so I thought why not use them to make a healthier marzipan. This is a simple idea and I am not claiming it to be mine.
To get the most out of the ingredients, I did not to blanch the almonds. The date are already dark in color, so you will not notice it when the two are mixed together, pluss you get added health benefits with the skin on.
100 g whole almonds
100-150 g ground/grated almonds
200 g of dates (remember to remove stones)
200 g dark chocolate
Desired edible decoration, I have used gold leaf, rosebud tea and foil with chocolate print..
Rough chop the whole almonds in a food processor. Add the dates and half of the ground almonds and continue to mince the ingredients. When everything starts to come together, add the rest of the ground almonds little by little until you get a nice and pliable dough, see image above.
The amount for the ingredients is just a guideline, the dates and almonds you might use may have a different moisture content than the ones I used this time.
Roll the almond and date mixture into balls of the desired size.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler and temperate th chocolate before use for best results. The chocolate will harden faster and get back its snap back.
Dip the balls in chocolate and add some decoration for flare.
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE !!!