zesty lemon, turmeric & cashew date bites
Burning brownies, cakes deflating, cookies falling into smithereens...I have yet to make friends with baking. It's a true form of science merging with artistic flair. I take my hat off to all of you bakers and patisseries out there. My dream goal is to make the perfect piece of fudge inside of a cinnamon bun on top of a massive chai-spiced cupcake inside the fluffiest carrot cake. One of these days. For now I think I'm going to continue sticking to the raw desserts. Soak, blend, layer, freeze. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
On the topic of lemons, these little golden nuggets pack some real bite-sized dynamite energy. Glowing with yellow delight and zinging and zipping with zestful exuberance, you can be sure popping one of these lemon, turmeric and cashew nut date balls will put you in high spirits.
Lemon - Remain youthful with the zest of a lemon squeeze. Lemons reduce wrinkles, scars, sunburn and blackheads while giving your luscious locks a unicorn shine. 10/10 recommend to strut your stuff.
Turmeric - I often use turmeric in my recipes, including this nice cream bowl and this rice dish . I love the colour and how it works well in curries and with other warming spices. Turmeric has many healing properties thanks to curcumin, the compound responsible for the spice's bright hue. Known to tame heartburn and an upset stomach, this gold dust quells inflammation one time, and assists in blocking cancer. How? Curcumin messes with important molecular pathways involved in cancer development, growth and spread.
Cashews - Now here's a fact for your next small talk dinner party: Cashews are related to mangoes, pistachios and poison ivy! The cashew plant grows beautiful pink flowers and cashew apples, which are delicacies to its native home, Brazil. The cashew nut is attached to the bottom of the apple and it looks kinda hilarious. Chow these nuts for great hair, strong bones, teethy teeth and gummy gums.
and Dates - Oh baby, baby. I could live on dates! Cultivated since 6000 B.C, the date fruit is probably the most sweetest fruit on the planet (dare to argue this one? I'll fight you) and comes from the oh-so-beautiful date palm tree. Eaten fresh or dried, the health benefits are still plentiful. Pop a date for energy, an iron boost, greater digestive health and a stronger heart.
2 cups cashews, soaked overnight
1 cup Medjool dates
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
Zest of 1 lemon (roughly 1/8 cup)
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp Super Latte's Golden Milk Turmeric Blend *(If you want to make your own turmeric blend, see below for the DIY version)
1 tsp vanilla essence
A dash of cinnamon
1. Throw everything in a food processor, and blend until the texture is slightly chunky. You want something to nibble into, right? Straight-up smooth is too straight-edge so keep some chunks for your mouth pleasure.
2. Roll into bite-sized balls.
3. Pop in an airtight container and into the freezer for a few hours before serving.
to serve (optional)
Have some fun with your food! Break up and mash the zesty energy bites into a guacamole-like consistency and serve with a dollop of coconut yoghurt for a new take on breakfast granola!
* DIY golden milk ingredients
1 - 2 tsp turmeric
1 - 2 tsp coconut sugar
1/2 - 1 ground cinnamon
3 cardamon pods
a small pinch of ground or fresh ginger
a small pinch of pepper
1. With a mortar and pestle, spice grinder or coffee grinder, mix 'n grind everything together.
2. Add the turmeric blend to the food processor along with cashews, dates, coconut, maple syrup, lemon zest, vanilla and cinnamon.
3. Taste as you blend, adjusting the quantities as you go.