She had made these date, coconut and cocoa bites for Raksha Bandhan and it was a hit with everyone. I made these for Diwali. Here's her recipe...
1 cup tightly packed chopped dates
1 cup desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons powdered sugar (to make it sugar free, see notes below)
1 tablespoon ghee
Heat ghee in thick bottomed pan. Add the dates and cook for 8-10 minutes till the dates become a smooth lump. Add the cocoa and sugar and mix well. Cook for another minute and add the coconut. Quickly mix into the date mixture and after a minute, put it off the heat.
Line a chopping board or any flat surface with a cling film. Put the lump in a tube form and form into a roll with the help of the film. Cut into discs and let them cool. Finally roll the sides in coconut.
You can store it in the refrigerator upto 1 week
Use good quality Omani dates which are sweeter and have more moisture in them
If you want to make it sugar free, add 2 tablespoons more dates
You can add nuts to this mix as well