Date Cardamom Energy Balls and Dates with Anise
I have always had a true love and a sweet spot in my life and belly for dates:) I remember when I was a little girl, I would sit outside with my dear neighbor lady, who was in her eighties, and she would share her dates with me. I can still vividly remember this in my mind, sitting there together, outside on sunny days sharing sugary dates. What sweet memories! From that time on, I have always loved them and there is always a bag of them in our refrigerator. When I have a sweet craving, I reach for a date and I usually put almond butter in the middle or make yummy recipes from them, like these that I’ll be sharing with you today.
Dates are a power packed food loaded with minerals and vitamins, making them nutrient dense. They are wonderful for promoting energy, assist in the prevention of anemia, relief for constipation, can increase libido, can improve eyesight, and encourage healthy brain function. Two of my other recipes I promote for energy and vitality have dates as a main ingredient in them too. Their links are right here:
Today, I will be sharing 2 other recipes using dates that are traditionally eaten in India and the Middle East. I sure love them and I hope you do too!
Medjool Dates Stuffed with Anise Seeds
This little recipe couldn’t be easier and is even more delicious and satisfying. The chewiness and sweetness of the dates matched with the crunchy and sensual flavors of the anise is a perfect combination.
Remove the pit from each Medjool date and replace inner cavity with a generous amount of anise seeds. Enjoy!
Cardamom Date Energy Balls
I love these little energy balls with the sweetness of the dates and the spicy and warm notes of the cardamom seeds…Cardamom is one of my favorite spices! Any way I can place this spice into my recipes makes me feel happy. Cardamom is anti-inflammatory, a digestive aid, and has both anti-bacterial and anti-cancer properties. It can also help to lower blood pressure. It has a spicy but cooling taste. Cardamom also heightens the flavor of foods and is a lovely addition to any recipe.
1 cup of pitted Medjool dates
1/8-1/4 cup maple syrup or raw honey
½ cup almond four
½ tsp cinnamon
1 TBSP cardamom seed ground powder
1 TBSP chia seeds
Raw desiccated coconut flakes to roll the balls into
Place all ingredients (except for coconut flakes) into a food processor and process until mixture forms into a dough like consistency in mixer. Stop the processor and then take about a tablespoon of dough and form into balls, rolling between your palms. You may add some coconut if the dough is too sticky to roll. Roll balls into coconut and store in airtight glass container in fridge. Enjoy for up to a week to 10 days…they usually don’t’ last that long though :)
Organic Cardamom powder
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