Chocolate Nut Dreams

In India, any sweet treat that is in the shape of a ball is called a “ladoo”… you’ll see them in iconography of the Elephant-Headed lord Ganapati, who is said to adore them! This recipe is made with raw and healthy ingredients, in a very simple combination.  The results are astoundingly yummy…  This recipe is super nourishing because of the dates and almonds (both of which build healthy tissue and support the nervous system).

Ayurveda says, chocolate is bitter, stimulating and aphrodisiac. It is not recommended in excess, and should be balanced with cooling, sweet and nourishing tastes to ground the bitter and stimulating qualities.  The fact is, folks LOVE chocolate… and rather than take it away (we don’t want Ayurveda to be an excuse to be become pickier and narrower and more hyper-sensitive), learn to have it in small doses, when one is relatively balanced, and to combine it with the right ingredients.  Cardamom in particular is considered a balancer for caffeine and stimulants as well as sweets… so a pinch of freshly ground cardamom in your tea, coffee or in chocolate recipes is delicious and ayurvedic! It’s a fantastic surprise ingredient in chocolate chip cookies!

Dates are sattvic, nourishing, sweet, and grounding and balance vata & pitta dosha.  Coconut is cooling and nourishing and balance pitta dosha.  Nuts are warming, heavy and nourishing and balance vata dosha. Poor kapha dosha – does best without sweets in general… however, these are so satisfying, kapha types can eat just one, and walk away!

Make these Chocolate Nut Dreams if you are:

  • Vegan or Gluten-Free
  • On a raw foods regimin – only recommended for short periods of time in Ayurveda – use raw cacau powder or raw carob
  • Cooking with kids: they can press the button the the food processor and add ingredients and watch as it turns to a paste! Then they can help roll the balls and roll them in coconut or coco powder.  MAKE SURE THEIR HANDS ARE CLEAN (and yours are too) – since this is an uncooked item.
  • Wanting a super delicious treat that will be made fast!
  • Want to sneak in extra protein wherever you can.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Nuts of any kind – I used 1/2 Almonds and 1/2 Walnuts (Brazil nuts would work great!)
  • 1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder (or Roasted Carob Powder)
  • 2 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • About 2 cups Dates – remove the pits!
  • 2 TB Maple Syrup
  • Dried shredded Coconut

Instructions

  1. Clean your hands thoroughly!
  2. Grind the nuts in a food processor until they are like a flour (not too long or you make a nut butter)
  3. Add the cocoa powder, to make as chocolatey as you like
  4. Add 1 cup of the dates plus the maple syrup
  5. Blend together in the food processor, adding more dates until you get a “breakable” dough (not to goo-ey and not too dry like sand) that can form into balls
  6. Form into walnut sized balls in your hands
  7. Roll and gently press the balls in the coconut.
  8. Store in the fridge for up to 4 days… if they last that long!
Lots of Ladoos!
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