HAYS (DATE-NUT BALLS)

Makes 35 balls.

Note: According to the authors, these no-bake morsels are one of the oldest sweets recorded in Arab history and were a stepping stone for the desserts enjoyed in the Middle East today. The recipe requires a food processor.

• 3/4 lb. fresh, pitted dates, chopped

• 2 c. finely ground bread crumbs

• 1 c. ground almonds

• 1 c. chopped pistachios

• 1/2 c. plus 1 tbsp. light sesame oil

• Powdered sugar for rolling

Directions

Place the dates, bread crumbs, almonds and pistachios in a food processor and process for 2 minutes.

Pour the sesame oil evenly over the mixture and process for about 5 minutes. Press a small amount of the mixture in the palm of your hand to make sure it sticks together. If it doesn't, process the mixture a little longer until it begins to bind.

Form the mixture into balls that are each about the size of a walnut. Roll the balls in the powdered sugar and place on a serving plate.

Nutrition information per each ball:

Calories 120 Fat 7 g Sodium 45 mg

Carbohydrates 14 g Saturated fat 1 g Calcium 26 mg

Protein 2 g Cholesterol 0 mg Dietary fiber 2 g

Diabetic exchanges per serving: 1/2 fruit, 1/2 bread/starch, 11/2 fat.