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    Dates & Pistachio Bites with Chios Mastic

    I know you love this type of recipes! Besides, no matter how many recipes  you have for quick and easy homemade snacks;  they are never enough. You always want to find new combinations and new flavors to try. Alas if we were staying in the mainstream without trying anything new. These very easy and healthy energy bites with dates, pistachios and mastic are made with only these three materials. The sweetness of dates, the beloved flavor of pistachios and the unsurpassed mastic aroma combined in a quick snack you’ll definetely love!

    Dates-&-Pistachio-Bites-with-Chios-Mastic – Μπουκιές-ενέργειας-με-Χουρμάδες-Φιστίκια-Αιγίνης-και-Μαστίχα

    In the previous post we talked about the valuable beneficial and therapeutic properties of Chios mastic. But, how to add it to your diet? In Greece we are usually add mastic in traditional recipes for samali, or kaymak ice-cream, various oriental sweets and more rarely in savory recipes. But I was looking for a recipe with few ingredients and most importantly a healthy one. It was then that I thought about mersu, a traditional Iraqi recipe. Mersu are balls of dates made with various nuts, sesame seeds and, in modern times, coconut. I had found the perfect combination! 😉

    Dates-&-Pistachio-Bites-with-Chios-Mastic – Μπουκιές-ενέργειας-με-Χουρμάδες-Φιστίκια-Αιγίνης-και-Μαστίχα

    Traditionally, dates for mersu become a paste by pounding and rolling them by hand. We no longer need to do that, so it’s best to use a small food processor. So, you can prepare yourself  a healthy and delicious snack in 10 minutes time. I suggest you read the properties of dates, if you have not already done so. You will be impressed!

    Dates & Pistachio Bites with Chios Mastic
    Yields 12
    An easy, healthy and flavorfull snack
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    Prep Time
    15 min
    Total Time
    15 min
    Prep Time
    15 min
    Total Time
    15 min
    101 calories
    13 g
    0 g
    5 g
    3 g
    1 g
    24 g
    1 g
    9 g
    0 g
    5 g
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    24g
    Yields
    12
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 101
    Calories from Fat 44
    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 5g
    8%
    Saturated Fat 1g
    3%
    Trans Fat 0g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g
    Cholesterol 0mg
    0%
    Sodium 1mg
    0%
    Total Carbohydrates 13g
    4%
    Dietary Fiber 2g
    8%
    Sugars 9g
    Protein 3g
    Vitamin A
    1%
    Vitamin C
    1%
    Calcium
    2%
    Iron
    3%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Ingredients
    1. • 1 cup (110 g.) pistachios, finely chopped in a food processor
    2. • 1 cup (150 g.) pitted dates
    3. • ¼ teaspoon mastic tears, crushed in the mortar into powder *
    4. • ¼ cup (30 g.) pistachios, finely chooped in a food processor, for rolling the bites
    Instructions
    1. Soak the dates in a bowl with some water for about 20 minutes. Drain them, but do not throw away the water. Puree the dates in a food processor adding 2-3 teaspoons of the water.
    2. Transfer the pureed dates in a bowl and add pistachios (1 cup) and powdered mastic. Knead until blend and form into 12 balls.
    3. I would recommend you put the balls in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, before rolling them in the grated pistachios, but if the weather is cold this is not necessary.
    4. Roll the balls in grated pistachios and enjoy! 😉
    5. If the weather is hot you better store them in the fridge.
    Notes
    1. * To crush chios mastic tears into powder, place the tears in the freezer for 30 minutes, then crush them in a mortar. If you add a little bit of sugar or salt (depending on how you’ ll use it) in the mortar mastic will crush even easier.
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    calories
    101
    fat
    5g
    protein
    3g
    carbs
    13g
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