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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Raw Almond Tahini Date nut balls

With the new year comes a hard look at our health and well being. I have taken our family down many different roads when it comes to diets. Sweet Man and I have been married almost 13 years now, and most of that time, we have eaten vegetarian. Although this is the diet I prefer, I have started incorporating some local meat into our diet, which makes the oldest and the youngest in the family happy. We have tried the "only eat what we an grow diet." We just about starved. We aren't very good farmers. We have (and still do) only shop the perimeter of the store, which means only eating fresh, perishable, non packaged food. Most of the time. (depending on the budget)  We do add packaged stuff here and there, when the mood strikes. With all of these different takes on our diet, my family had every right to get nervous when I came home with a raw food cook book last year. I was so intrigued by this diet. The family was not quite as thrilled about the idea as I was. We voted that we try and add as many raw foods as we could, and not try to only eat that way. Yesterday we made one of our favorites and I thought I would share, just in case you were intrigued by the raw food diet as well. This recipe came from a homeschooling buddy a couple of years ago, and it has been made frequently ever since.

Raw Almond Tahini Date nut balls
2 cups almonds (chopped coarsely before adding to food processor)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons Tahini (I use a little more)
18 medium size dried pitted dates
up to 2 teaspoons warm water
Put all of the above ingredients into a food processor. Shape into 1 inch balls and refrigerate.

These make such a yummy snack or breakfast, and if you buy the ingredients in bulk, it's a pretty reasonably priced  snack as well.


  1. Looks SO good! And I actually have all the ingredients on hand! Have you checked out the Kitchen Stewardship blog? She is wonderful.

  2. No, I haven't seen that blog. Do you have the link to it? I can just google it if you don't. I am always up for kitchen ideas! :-)

  3. I remember eating these at your house. MMMM - good! Where did you learn to cook so good?

    Love ya
    To the Moon and Back

  4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE eating raw!!! I ate raw exclusively for about 6 to 8 months in 2010! Going to the store tomorrow to stock up on my raw ingredients, going from vegan to raw again. I'm gonna try these! All I need is the dates.

  5. Ariel, Sams is a great place to pick up the dates. I buy them in big tubs, and then keep them in the fridge. Seems like a lot of raw recipes call for dates, so they are great to keep on hand.

  6. Where do you get the tahini?

  7. Healthy life market has it....beside Drug Emporium on Patrick street...I think Kroger's and Walmart are now carrying it as well. :-)