Cardamom Date Balls

I have been wanting to make something that would give me the satisfaction of methai (a popular South Asian dessert/sweet meat made with milk and sugar) yet without the dairy and refined sugar. I was surfing the internet and came across detoxinista’s version and thought I’d give it a try. I tweaked it a little, added some more nuts and seeds than called for and voila! They are so so good and I got my in house critic, my husband Ali to give it his seal of approval and call it blog worthy before posting it on here! 

1 cup Dates (I used both Medjool and Deglet Nour on separate occasions and both worked out great)

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup almonds

2  cardamom pods, seeds removed

1 tablespoon coconut oil

pinch pink salt

In a processor, blend the walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds and cardamom seeds to a sandy, granular consistency. Add the dates and blend again. Add the coconut oil and salt and process one last time. The mixture should be easy to form into balls. Make balls the size of ping pong balls.

Makes about 20 balls. 

Give these date balls a try and if you want more such recipes try my Healthier Coconut Truffles 

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Greetings Friends!

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We are back home winding down summer and gearing up for the school year ahead! Whether you start the school year late August or early September, this post here is to help you pack lunch like an expert!

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