These little pistachio nuggets are the perfect sweet treat.
Raise your hand if you don’t like chocolate.
Yeah, there aren’t too many out there, huh?
These little pistachio nuggets are not only cloaked in chocolate, but they have a little surprise inside – dates and coconut. If you’ve never had anything with dates and coconut in them, you need to try it. It’s excellent. Yep, I said excellent. Then add chocolate on top of that – oh my.
When you bite into one of these little nuggets you’ll know exactly what I mean.
The paste is easy to work with. All you do is grind the pistachios in a food processor or coffee grinder with a little bit of water and some sugar. It turns into a doughy, sticky paste that can be shaped any way you want.
You can combine the dates and the coconut by kneading with your hands but it does take a little elbow grease. Or just put them in the food processor and whirl it for a minute or so. That’s it. You don’t need to add anything else to it. Nothing. It makes an easy to work with paste. I used medjool dates, which are by far the best tasting ever.
All of this is very sticky so you’ll need to oil your hands. I just sprayed mine with Pam and it worked great.
This is a made up recipe. It’s a take on a Middle Eastern cake called bohsalini. I think these nuggets are more fun. Don’t you?
- 1 cup pistachios
- 1 tablespoon confectioners sugar
- 1 tablespoons water
- ½ cup sweetened coconut
- 4 dates
- ½ cup melting chocolate (I used Wilton candy melts)
- To the bowl of a food processor add the pistachios the water and the sugar. Turn it on high and let it run until the pistachios turn into a paste. Its takes only a minute or 2.
- When you squeeze some in your hand and it keeps its shape, its ready.
- Do the same with the dates and coconut.
- Roll out the pistachio paste into a rectangle about ¼ inch thick and about 2 inches wide.
- Shape the coconut date paste into a log and lay it on top of the pistachio paste.
- Enclose the pistachio paste around the dates mixture.
- Now slice off little nuggets any size you like. I made them about 1 inch long and gave them a kind of square shape.
- In a bowl melt the chocolate.
- Lay out some wax paper on your counter.
- Dip the nuggets in the chocolate using 2 forks.
- Lay them on the wax paper.
- Let the chocolate harden.
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