Nutrient-dense Sweet Harira Balls

After Mila’s birth we had a ton of support from family. My husband’s mother flew in from India to stay with us for a month while I recovered and we adjusted to our new normal with a little one in the house. Luckily we had planned for her to arrive a few weeks before Mila’s due date because baby girl decided to arrive the day after grandma landed!

In India there a lot of different customs and traditions when it comes to the recovery period following childbirth. Unlike western society the need for extended rest and nourishing food to help the mother to recover quickly and be able to provide baby with nourishment too is well understood and reflected in these traditions.

These Harira sweets were a treat my mother-in-law was making for us almost daily and we couldn’t get enough of them. They are typically made with a bit of spice and sugar, but she put a twist on them making them low-carb using monk fruit sweetener. These tiny treats are bursting with flavour, nutrients and healthy fats! Regardless if you are pregnant, postpartum or neither, these Harira balls are nutritious for anyone!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Almonds
  • 1 cup Walnuts
  • 1 cup Pecans
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup Monk fruit sweetener
  • 1/2 cup Filtered water
  • Ghee
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder, optional

Directions:

  1. In a large frying pan, lightly toast the almonds, walnuts, pecans and shredded coconut. Until the coconut is lightly golden.
  2. Add the nuts to a blender and pulse until blended into a fine mixture.
  1. In a separate frying pan, add the water and monk fruit sweetener together. Bring to a boil and continue to boil for about 10 minutes. The consistency of the liquid will remain watery.
  2. In a large bowl, add cinnamon to the blended nuts and combine well.
  3. In the bowl, add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir to combine well.
  4. Rub a bit of ghee on your hands to coat so that the mixture doesn’t stick when making the balls. Using a tablespoon of the mixture roll into bite size balls.
  5. Place in the fridge to set.

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