almond date balls

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This recipe is inspired by the Himalayan Institute's earthballs, which are part of my daily afternoon ritual when I am there, along with an HI Chai. They feature the sweet taste, making Almond Date Balls balancing for vata and pitta.

  • 1 cup almonds. soaked, peeled, and roasted with a pinch of coarse salt

  • 6-10 medjool dates. remove the pits

  • 1/4 tsp cardamom

  • 1/4 tsp clove

  • 1/4 tsp star anise

  • 1/4 tsp allspice

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 Tbsp tahini

  • 1/3 cup finely shredded coconut. toast and use for coating the balls

    variations: add 1/4 cup raisins or dark chocolate chips.

    Blend almonds, 6 dates, spices, and tahini in food processor. Check texture by hand rolling a ball. Mixture should be moist enough to hold together when rolled into a ball, if needed add additional dates. Before rolling the remaining balls, hand-stir in the optional raisins or chocolate chips. Roll finished balls in toasted coconut. Refridgerate to store. Enjoy! 

    Makes about 2 dozen delicious treats.

recipesKara Aubin