I’m so excited that Ramdan 2016 is here! In honor of welcoming this blessed month, I made some delicious raw vegan date balls. If you don’t know what Ramadan is, it’s a month of observing fast and worship, along with controlling one’s self from excess, indulgence, and wastefulness. It’s like putting one’s body, mind, and soul through a physical and spiritual bootcamp.
If you haven’t already seen my recipes from 2015, you can click here to check out my Healthy Ramadan 2015. Traditionally, the dawn-to-dusk fast is broken with dates and water. However, more culturally, lots of fried foods, a vast variety of dishes, and dessert top the “iftar” meal. I wanted to bring some change to this unhealthy way of breaking fast, and so I introduced some healthy recipes like my almond date shake or a delicious Moroccan harira soup that you can check out any time.
This Ramadan, it’s not different. I will admit I’m a little lenient with my fried foods, but it’s only because I’m no longer living near my family and so who else will feed me my “cheat iftars” besides myself? So yes, I do fry spring rolls and pakora (onion fritters) but only a handful of times during the whole month.
It’s now Day 3 of Ramadan 2016 (the days begin from sunset to the next sunset), and I’ve finally gotten my Ramadan table set up. In the center are these decadent, absolutely delicious raw vegan date balls that I adore.
I always make a batch of these every couple of months for snacking on. With our 17 hour fasts this year, it’s important to replenish our energy and these raw vegan date balls do just the job. They are filled with dates, nuts, and coconut oil and rolled in shredded unsweetened coconut for a finishing touch. That’s right, there’s no cooking, no added sugars, and no unhealthy ingredients whatsoever. Best of all, they taste like a dessert– But it’s good for you!
Dates are amazing on their own, but combining them with these ingredients takes them out of the world. Dates are filled with fiber, vitamins, energy, and healthy carbs. All are necessary when breaking a long fast. I like using medjool dates because they are so large and plump, but deglet dates also work if they aren’t too dry.
These date balls are also very versatile: you can switch up the nuts, add cocoa powder (1 tbsp) for a chocolate flavor, or roll in matcha powder for some green tea antioxidants. You won’t be disappointed with these guilt-free, delicious date balls!
P.S. for those wondering, the items on my Ramadan set up are from the following:
- Teal lantern- Target
- Banner- Target
- Paper letter cutouts- Target
- Flower cutout canvas- homemade & handcrafted
- Books- various Islamic bookstores
- Atr- any Islamic bookstore will carry this scented oil
- Star shaped centerpiece- Target
- Frame- Homegoods
- Platter- Homegoods
- Lights- Walmart
Raw, vegan, sugar-free, and guilt-free defines these addicting date balls!
- 2 cups pitted medjool dates
- 1 and 1/4 cup raw nuts (almonds + walnuts + cashews)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- Place the dates, nuts, and coconut oil in food processor.
- Blend and process until mixture comes together like a dough.
- Roll out into 1 inch shaped balls using your clean hands to shape them.
- Roll in shredded coconut and serve at room temperature.
You can use any combo of nuts, but I find less almonds and more cashews or walnuts makes them taste extra yummy. You can roll these date balls in match powder, cocoa powder, or crushed nuts as well. You can replace 1/2 cup of dates with 1/2 cup of any other dried fruit, like raisins or cranberry as well.