Zel's Vegan NutGourmet

Zel Allen Goes Nuts for Good Health


Posted by Zel Allen's nutgourmet on June 3, 2010

Compared to the frequency almonds and walnuts appear in recipes, hazelnuts seem to be the shy guys in the crowd and need a few dedicated bloggers to speak up for them. Oh—that’s me! You can bet hazelnuts don’t get the cold shoulder in my kitchen and to prove it, here’s a recipe for one of my favorite little confections. It’s one of the recipes in The Nut Gourmet, my cookbook that spotlights nuts in every recipe and tells you how to purchase, store, and crack nuts, too.

I’m sad that I don’t have a photo to show these off, but picture little 1-inch balls coated in finely ground hazelnuts. Peeking out from under the nutty coating is the delicate orange color of the apricots. It’s the definitive tangy-sweet flavor, though, that makes the taste buds stir with pleasure and crave another morsel.

Well endowed with the tangy flavor of dried apricots, these delicacies practically melt in the mouth. You can make them well in advance of serving and store them in the refrigerator.


Yield: about 50 confections

2 cups pitted dates
1 1/4 cups dried apricots
1/2 cup hazelnuts, coarsely ground
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water

1/2 cup hazelnuts, finely ground

1. Combine the dates, apricots, coarsely ground hazelnuts, and water in the food processor and process until finely ground. Stop the machine occasionally to scrape down the sides of the work bowl and redistribute the ingredients.
2. Put the finely ground hazelnuts into a small, deep bowl. Roll the apricot mixture by hand into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in the finely ground hazelnuts until completely coated.
3. Arrange on an attractive serving platter, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to serve. Stored in the refrigerator, Apricot and Hazelnut Morsels will keep well for about one week. (They can be stored a little longer, but they will begin to lose their freshness.)

Note: For an appealing presentation and ease of serving, place a waxed doily on the serving platter before arranging the morsels.


  1. james5555 said

    Wow, what a great recipe! I am going to try it this weekend. I have a friend who actually has a business specializing raw, vegan and gluten free desserts. It is called Raw Creations.

    • nutgourmet said

      Hi James, Thanks so much for the enthusiastic response to my hazelnut recipe. Enjoy to the max! Thanks also for turning me on to Raw Creations. I will definitely check it out. Sounds like a site I might want to visit often. I have several friends who are following vegan and gluten-free diets. I would love to be able to whip up more desserts they could enjoy. Thanks again.

  2. thank you for the recipe. i would surely try them out some time.

    • nutgourmet said

      Hi Green Bean, This is a quick and easy recipe that’s pure fun and definitely yummy. Enjoy and stop by often–I love visitors! Zel

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