These rich energy bites are a great snack for any time in the day. They are just sweet enough to please a sweet tooth, but are high in fibre and other nutritious goodies to keep you satisfied for a long time.
Pre-heat the oven 180'C.
Place the dates, orange juice, powdered chili, ground cumin and cocoa powder in a pan.
Bring to a simmer, and stir constantly to prevent sticking. Remove from the heat when most of the liquid has been absorbed by the dates.
Spread the nuts on a baking sheet, and toast in the oven for about 8 minutes, or until they just begin to turn golden.
Place in a food processor, and puree the dates until nearly smooth: a few chunks are okay. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
Place the roasted almonds in the food processor -no need to wash the bowl out- and coarsely chop the almonds.
Add the chopped almonds to the date, and mix thoroughly.
Place the mix in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes: the bites can be shaped straight away, but they are easier to handle if the mix is chilled.
When ready, start forming bite-sized balls: you may want to oil your hands with vegetable, olive or coconut oil to minimize sticking.
Roll in the sesame seeds. And refrigerate until needed. They will keep for about a week in an airtight container.
Both cinnamon and chilli are known to help regulate blood sugar levels by preventing spikes caused by hyper-glycemia (high sugar levels), and may contribute to controlling diabetes.
On the other hand, ongoing research on cumin shows that it may help regulate blood sugar levels by preventing hypo-glycemia (low sugar levels).
«You can substitute the dates with other dried fruits: cranberries, raisins or figs would also be very tasty.»