by Jyoti Jain
When your sweet tooth wants to strike the right balance between overindulgence in that and complete abstinence of desserts. What if I told you that you could not only indulge but also feel good about it? Before you dismiss me, hear me out: I’m talking about raw desserts.
Raw desserts are delicious treats made using wholesome ingredients like nuts and seeds, and other good fats like coconut oil or avocados. Nuts and seeds are essential good fats, and sprouting actually increases their nutritional value. Raw desserts do not use any refined sugars, and are sweetened using natural sweeteners like jaggery, evaporated cane juice, honey, maple syrup, stevia, or sometimes soaked dried fruits like dates, plum, or apples. Some of them contain probiotic powders that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria that are essential for good gut health.
There are many healthy raw dessert recipes, but this is one of my favorite. Besides the healthful ingredients, it is very easy to put together, which is an added bonus.
These No-Bake Tahini Bliss Balls are nutritious, have no refined sugars, and very easy to prepare. According to Ayurveda, the heavy, heating, and oily qualities of raw tahini or sesame seed butter pacify the cold and dry qualities of Vata (so they help to eat if the weather is a bit chilly). In addition to this, Tahini is packed with minerals and vitamins and is a great source of calcium. Raw honey is a great natural sweetener with heating and astringent properties that pacify Kapha, making these my favorite go-to indulgence.
Ingredients (all organic if you can)
Makes 6 servings
½ cup “Raw” Tahini Butter
2 tbsp “Raw” Honey
1/4 cup Walnuts, coarsely chopped
2 Medjool dates
2 tbsp white sesame seeds
Hand mix the tahini, honey, walnuts dates, and cinnamon until they come together.
Make six bliss balls.
Roll each ball in sesame seeds to coat evenly.
Keep at room temperature and enjoy!
When you indulge your sweet tooth, do not forget to include raw desserts, and feel good about the added health benefits you will gain as a result of it.