I've been changing the way I eat for the past month now and have been learning a lot about the connection between food and health. This had led me to eliminate and change a lot of the foods I've been eating and it's left me craving dessert - strange because I don't usually have a sweet tooth! Luckily I learned about Treats by Aura via my foodie friend and writer, Tina Picz, so I decided to take a swing at their Sun Salutation Buddha Balls - I put my own twist on it and I think they came out fantastic. Cravings cured!
Sun Salutation Apricot Buddha Balls
- ¾ cup cashews
- ¾ cup almonds
- 1 ½ cups apricots*
- ½ cup Goji berries
- ½ cup toasted unsweetened shredded coconut
- juice and zest of 1 lemon
- 1 vanilla bean or ½ tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of celtic sea salt
- splash of rice milk
If the Goji berries and/or apricots are dry, soak in water for 15 minutes, set aside. Dry roast the shredded coconut in a frying pan on med-high heat until lightly golden brown. Process the nuts in a food processor or blender until they are ground into a fine crumb like texture. Add the remaining ingredients and process until well combined and a sticky mixture is obtained. With clean hands, roll 1 tbsp of the mixture into small balls. Place in evenly spaced rows on a flat tray and refrigerate 1 hour before serving
* You could substitute dates for apricots.