almond date balls
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.