Date balls recipe, Handful of Health

Recipe: Date Balls with Almonds and Walnuts

Come June and we are reminded of the sabbatical of summer. The sun nestled among the thick water-laden clouds, retiring for a few months of R&R. The sense of relief at the sight of the first showers of monsoon and the lush greenery. There is yet another memory associated with the month of June- the reopening of schools for the next academic year. The fresh smell of notebooks, the crisp pages of the textbooks, brightly coloured raincoats and the excitement of meeting friends again.

This year is peculiar for obvious reasons but as a mother of two school-going children and one infant, June always gives me teething trouble with my routine. The early mornings, the uniforms, the ponytails, the ten different things that the school needs submitting photos, forms etc, all take some time getting used to. My biggest challenge is getting my sleepy heads, who are by no means morning people, to eat breakfast and cheerfully leave for school. So I came up with this easy, pre-make almond date ball recipe that checks all the boxes for a healthy, tasty on-the-go breakfast.

You can make these date balls on a Sunday and they are good to last you for the whole week. Store them in a flat box lined with parchment paper, in a cool dark place. Bye-bye breakfast blues! The best part is that you can add so many variations to this easy-peasy recipe, to create new flavours for each day of the week. The natural heat from the dates gives the body the much needed warmth post the onset of the monsoons and the walnuts and almonds pack the right amount of fibre per serving.

Recipe
Serving Size: Two balls 
Ingredients
  • Medjool Dates, pits removed- 15-20
  • Almond Flour 4 tbsp
  • Honey 1 tbsp
  • Unsalted butter -¼ cup
  • Cardamom -1 tsp
  • Roasted AlmondsWalnuts chopped- ¾ cup
Method
  • Blend all the ingredients, except chopped nuts in a food processor till you get a cookie dough-like consistency.
  • If the dough feels too wet add some oats to make it firmer. If the dough feels too dry add some moisture by adding some more honey or butter or maple syrup.
  • Roll out small balls from the mixture.
  • Roll the balls in chopped almonds/ chopped walnuts.
  • Chill for half an hour in the fridge. 
  • Enjoy!

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