Special Dish for the Week: Nut and Seed Balls

On the spur of the moment, inspired by a friend’s homemade halva recipe, I make this Special Dish for the Week to serve at my Gado Gado and Poetry to Music dinner party, where the Beet Apple Charoset serves as the appetizer:

Nut and Seed Balls

Nut and Seed Balls

Nut and Seed Balls

I make two versions of this delicious and nutritious raw dessert:

  • one version sweetened with dates and honey;
  • the other, with coconut oil and cinnamon.

Both turn out fabulous!

Nut and Seed Balls - Sweeter Version Ingredients

Nut and Seed Balls – Sweeter Version Ingredients

For the sweeter version, I use the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped nearly to butter consistency
  • 4 tsp black sesame seeds (or white sesame seeds)
  • 2 tsp milled flax seed
  • 4 dates, chopped nearly to butter consistency
  • 1 tbsp honey

I make the walnut ‘near butter’ in a small chopper and set it aside in a mixing bowl. I do the same with the dates. Next, I return all ingredients and blender them together.

If the consistency looks good to roll into small balls, I make the balls and store them in the freezer. If the consistency is too liquid, I add another teaspoon of milled flax seed, and if it is too thick, I blender the mass for a little longer.

Nut and Seed Balls - Less Sweet Version Ingredients

Nut and Seed Balls – Less Sweet Version Ingredients

For the less sweet version, I use the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped nearly to butter consistency
  • 5 tsp black sesame seeds (or white sesame seeds)
  • 3 tsp milled flax seed
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4-1 tsp cinnamon (depending on preference: I use 1/2 tsp)

As with the sweeter version, if the consistency is too liquid, I add another teaspoon of milled flax seed.

To make the balls, I place the mass in the fridge for about 30 minutes to let the coconut oil solidify a little. I mix the mass and relatively quickly shape the little balls, since the heat from the fingertips begins to liquefy the coconut oil after a little while. I also store these in the freezer.

One or two balls for each guest to enjoy is plenty as these nut and seed balls are very nutrient and calorie rich. And they’re also filled with lots of TLC.

Nut and Seed Balls Served With Love

Nut and Seed Balls Served With Love

 

 

 

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