Dates are a great way to have sweet tasting foods without having to consume the sugar, jaggery or stevia. Just add date paste or chopped dates in place of sugar to your preparation. Dates are rich in iron, calcium, fibre and a lot of other nutrients.
An energy ball or bar made of dates and nuts is best eaten as a post-workout snack or between meals as eating 6 – 7 dates provides about 130 calories.
These energy balls last up to 15 days if you refrigerate them in an air-tight container. You could even flatten them out in a tray and cut them in squares if you like.
- Dates – 500 grams pitted
- Nuts – 1 cup [mix of almonds, pistachio, cashew nuts and walnuts]
- Raisins – ¼ cup
- Honey – 2 tsp
- Ghee – 3 tsp
- Roasted sesame seeds as needed
If you follow a vegan diet, you can do away with ghee. Sauté the dates in a non-stick pan directly. Keep stirring till they become soft. You may add the raisins without frying or skip them altogether.
- Toast all the nuts separately and grind them coarsely.
- Heat a tsp of ghee and fry the raisins until they puff up.
- Heat 2 tsp of ghee, add dates and sauté until dates become soft.
- Add the nuts, raisins, honey and mix well.
- Grease your hands with ghee and make balls while the mixture is still warm.
- Roll them on roasted sesame seeds to coat them well and store in an air tight container.
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