After my long sermons on sugars , got many requests for sugar free desserts for both adult and kids alike. This energy dense bite is a great substitute for chocolate or even a dessert. The dates are rich in iron and fibre and the nuts carry the healthy fat with fibre . Easy to make, store, convenient to carry and a must have in the fridge .
Making TIme : 8 mins
Makes 12 bites
power of 5
1 cup pitted ideally Medjool/locally available dark dates (10-12 large)
1/4 cup soaked cashewnuts /walnuts
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla bean paste or extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips (optional)
1. Add dates into processor and process until a paste forms.
2. Add in the nuts ,cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon. Process until thoroughly combined. Pulse in the chocolate chips. The dough should be sticky when pressed between your fingers. If it’s not sticky enough to shape into balls, add a small amount of water (a teaspoon at a time) and process until it comes together.
3. Shape dough into small balls (about 12) and freeze for 20 minutes or so until firm. .
PS: The vanilla flavor can be switched to an orange or lemon zest.
‘A Diet cum Lifestyle Plan on Foot ?- Are you crazy ??’ enquired a concerned Gul. ‘Taking a bunch of people on the streets of Mumbai is like chaos ‘. But the cosmos works in funny ways and soon I was with my foodie buddie Sam out on a nippy Saturday morning along with a bunch of Health Aspiring Foodies. Sameer. Mushtaq, Vandana, Dr Bakshi, Iva, Patrick, Kathrin ,Tejal, Vini Kavita Jinal . And we walked.
Rustomji leading the brigade
Rustomji our friendly neighbourhood hero and his wife Freny Aunty were there to introduce us to the Parsi colony and its famous landmarks.As we glided through these unreal classics the crowning glory of it all, the Majestic Five Gardens soon stared right at us.. Green is Beautiful. Green is Life. As I outlined the health philosophy of foods and relationship between Food and Disease, Bankim the yoga expert calmed our bodies in the best effortless way. Usain bolting we soon were !!.All ready for the adventure that lay ahead .Jagat my juiceman welcomed and served us all monos -Neem amla adrak carrot bael -therapeutic booster shots to ensure a good cleanse each for a different ailment.
East or West Yoga is the Best
A classic Parsi Building
This experiential soujourn led us next to the band of boys and girls young and old led by Mr Makhija who escorted us through the virginal gulmohar laced bylanes. Hey! was that a World war II tanker right here in the central suburbs .As we ate a little more of home made energy bites , good health continued its journey with us to the glorious Kings Circle We wound our way through various eateries and food stores. So is oats too glutenfree ?asked one enthusiast and then the health related QnA began. Tasted Kutto idli, Neer dosa, some more Green Juices , bypassed the effervescent flower Market- a riot of unique colors au naturel and pure just like the highly alkaline Natural Spring Water Mulshi we were carrying- Thank you Mr Navin
shiny happy people
food store forager
tete a tete
The finale pit stop Shree Sunder served us a meal the dynamic owner Sachu was very supportive in helping me design. Panki in turmeric leaves laced with cardamom- Delicious. Pessarattu dosa –the protein dense mung chilla , idi appams- all healthy delites.. With one pit stop still pending we set off to explore the hidden jewels of Matunga veggies and fruits- all giving the perfect finish to an enriched Saturday morning
An alkaline meal
All food served during the entire tour was low calorie, gluten free, dairy free and low glycemic index dressed in minimal oil and salt however tasty to invigorate all 5 senses.