Don’t miss out on Tu B’shvat this year! We traditionally celebrate this day by eating fruits of the seven species from Israel that is praised in the Torah: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranate, olives, and dates. Ancient Sepharadic Jews originated the idea of a Tu B’shvat seder, where participants enjoy munching on a variety of fruits and nuts, drinking wine, and discussing the day’s spiritual and mystical meanings.
Dates are a great Tu B’shvat ingredient for two reasons: first, they are one of the seven species. Second, they are really delicious – available fresh in season and dried year-round, dates are super sweet and almost candy-like. They are great by themselves or added to a variety of sweet or savory dishes.
Almonds, another one of the “Tu B’shvat seven”, are loaded with calcium and protein. Traditional truffles are made of chocolate and heavy cream – yes, they taste great, but they’re far from healthy. This modern spin on truffles are a rich, sweet, and a wonderfully healthy alternative to their chocolatey counterpart. Encourage your kids to try these healthy treats and remind them of the the Tu B’shvat holiday. I will be serving them for Shabbat dessert this week so that we can get a head start on Tu B’shvat, which begins on Thursday, January 20, 2011. Enjoy! Marlene
Kosher Recipe Ingredients
- 1 cup pitted dried dates
- 1 cup chopped almonds
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Unsweetened cocoa powder and/or ground walnuts to coat (optional)
Directions for making this Kosher Recipe
- Grind almond in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to a baking sheet and toast in oven for 5 to 7 minutes, until fragrant and slightly darker.
- Place the dates, almonds, cocoa powder, and honey in a food processor. Pulse the processor until the mixture comes together to form a ball.
- Form cherry-sized balls out of the mixture and roll them in cocoa powder , ground almonds, or coconut to coat. Enjoy them right away or store them in the fridge for later!