December 17, 2012

Ginger Spiced Date Almond Snack Balls (Raw-Vegan)

I have been making a lot of different variations of my Date-Almond snack balls lately. Who doesn't like variations? The most recent one had an addition of ginger, of course ginger is a sure win with Jyo:-)

Almonds - 3/4 cup
Walnuts & Cashew nuts - 1/4 cup
Medjool Dates - 4 (remove pits)
Fresh Ginger - 1 inch piece (sliced)
Cardamom - 2-3 (remove peel)
Sea Salt - a pinch

Start pulsing the nuts, ginger, cardamom and sea salt in a food processor or blender.
In about 1-2 minutes you should have a coarse ground almond ginger mixture.
Add pitted dates and continue pulsing for a minute or so. Dates will blend in and start to bind everything together.
Transfer everything to a bowl and make walnut sized balls. This makes about 8 balls.




Notes:

If using a different type of dates, play around with the quantity a little bit to be able to bind them together,  and to get the right amount of sweetness.

You could substitute dates with about 1/3 cup of raisins.

If you need a more chunky texture, add cashews and walnuts towards the end.