As the holiday season is among us, there could not be a better time to share with you all a delicious and healthy treat to enjoy with family and friends.
If you were lucky enough to join us for Carol Morrison’s 3 part Ayurveda Series: Living a Life of Balance, you would know just how good the recipe I am about to unveil is to your tastebuds, body, and mind. Goodbye packaged energy bars and hello to a fresh, simple, delicious, and nutrient rich alternative – Ojas Balls.
- 1/2 cup *dried figs
- 1/2 cup *dates
- 1/2 cup *dried apricots
- 1/2 cup *pumpkin seeds, lightly toasted in a dry skillet
- 1/2 cup *sunflower seeds
- 1 tsp. ground cardamom
- pinch mineral salt
- 5 drops peppermint or sweet orange essential oil
- 1/8-1/4 cup extra virgin, cold-pressed olive or coconut oil or nut oil
- 1/3 cup whole white sesame seeds, ground flax seeds, or unsweetened, shredded dried coconut to coast the finished balls (optional)
To further empower the balls you can also add:
- exchange raisins, goji berries, cranberries, or other dried fruits for the ones suggested above
- substitute ground cashews or soaked, peeled and ground almonds for the seeds
- add ground flax or hemp seeds to the list of ingredients for additional fiber
- transform the balls into a healthy truffle by adding coasely ground cacao nibs, raw cocoa or carob powder
- add 2 T spirulina powder for an additional nutritional punch
*From a holistic nutrituion point of view, it is best to purchase nuts and seeds in their raw form (unsalted and unroasted) and dried fruits that are sulfur and preservative-free.
Pit the dates and chop them finely. Do the same with the apricots and figs. Soak all of the dried fruits in a bowl of warm to hot water while you prepare the other ingredients. Lightly toast the pumpkin seeds in a skillet without oil. This helps to remove any tracles of E-coli on their skins. Remove from skillet and transfer to a bowl. Allow to cool. Meanwhile, spearately grind the sunflower seeds and the sesame seeds into a coarse powder, reserving each of the ground seeds in a medium-sized mixing bowl (note on grinding – a coffee grinder or small food processor will work). Grind the pumpkin seeds once they have cooled. Add the cardamon and salt to the seeds and combine well. If you are adding carob, cocao, and/or spirulina powder mix this in as well.
Drain the dried fruits, reserving the soaking water for another use (such as drinking it on an empty stomach). Add the soaked dried fruit and the optional essential oil to the ground seed mixture. Incorporate the ingredients using the back of a fork to obtain a very coarse mixture. Now add enough oil to obtain a thick, paste-like dough.
Using a teaspoon, scoop up a spoonful of the mixture and roll into a walnut-sized ball in teh palms of your hands. If the balls do not easily stick together, add a bit more oil. If too wet, grind more sesame or sunflower seeds to thicken the mixture. For a nutritive, decorative touch, rolls the balls in the whole sesame seeds, ground falx seeds or shredded coconut. This also prevents the balls from being sticky on the outside.
If you don’t have time to roll the balls, opt to make bars pressing the mixture into a lightly oiled, glass 9×9″ baking dish. Cut and enjoy as needed. Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator.