By Susan Morales
Makes: 15 Preparation Time: 20 minutes
While travelling around India last year I became obsessed with Ayurveda. For those of you who have never heard of Ayurveda I strongly encourage you to look into it and learn more about your dosha (mind/body constitution) as it has helped me enormously. As we enter Vata season (winter), we need grounding foods, so I have put together these delicious Ayurvedic balls packed with antioxidants, vitamins, fibre, anti-inflammatory goodness and most of all, these Ayurvedic Bliss Balls are bound to give you energy. So beat the mid-afternoon slump and reach for one of these instead!
- 1 cup of medjool dates, pitted and soaked for an hour
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- Pinch of black pepper
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup raw almonds
- ¼ cup cashews
- ¼ cup of hazelnuts
- ¼ cup cacao nibs
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground clove
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (alcohol free)
- ¼ teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- ½ cup desiccated coconut
1. In the melted coconut oil add the turmeric and black pepper and stir well (this will activate the turmeric which means your body will absorb all its goodness) and set aside.
2. Place the remaining ingredients in a food processor, but only ½ the desiccated coconut (the other half will be for coating) and blend for 10-15 seconds.
3. Add the coconut oil, turmeric and black pepper to dry mixture and mix well. It should now be a wet doughy consistency.
4. Divide the dough into 15 balls and roll in your choice of coatings. Suggested coatings: beetroot powder, cacao powder, ashwagandha, matcha green tea powder. Place on baking paper and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
5. Before eating take the balls out of the freezer to thaw for 5 minutes. Balls can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.
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