July 9, 2013

Spicy-Pistachio-Goji Berry Energy Balls (Raw-Vegan)

This is another variation of the energy balls that I had posted before. The highlight in this one is the combination of goji berries and red chilly pepper. The hot, red chilly goes very well with the sweet'n'sour goji berries, but you could also be creative and try other spices. I am sure ginger or nutmeg would work very well too. I myself, might just take a handful of goji berries and munch on them while I am reading or cooking, but this way the whole family is eating them too, and they should because goji berries are so good for everyone.

  • Organic raw pistachio   - 1/2 cup (shelled) 
  • Organic raw sunflower seeds - 1/2 cup
  • Organic raw goji berries - 1/4 cup 
  • Red chilly pepper -1-2 (I use the Thai hot variety, adjust based on spice level)
  • Mejdool dates - 5 
  • Himalayan salt - a pinch

  • Add the nuts/seeds and goji berries to a dry blender (or food processor) and pulse on low speed till everything very coarsely pulsed.
  • Remove half of the coarse ground mixture and transfer to a bowl.
  • Continue pulsing the other half on high speed till it resembles a coarse meal.
  • Add pitted dates and continue pulsing till dates are mashed and everything starts to bind together. 
  • Transfer to the bowl and mix with the reserved coarse ground mixture. You will be able to work with your hand or a wooden spoon to mix and bind everything well to form a 'dough'.
  • Make small walnut sized balls from this 'dough. This makes about 12 balls. 
  • These stay on the shelf for up to a week without a problem.

Note: If you do not have a dry blender or a food processor, you can make this even with a coffee/spice grinder. Pulse the nuts/seeds in the coffee grinder, mash the dates using the back of a fork, and mix everything together in a bowl.. simple huh!!

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