Friday, June 11, 2010

Sweet Almond Balls

Craving for sweets, but looking for a high protein and low carb, low sugar snack? Then try this out and i am sure you will include this in your list of favorite snacks. After reading about all the health benefits of xylitol, bought this and i am trying to come up with recipes using this as sugar substitute. One drawback about xylitol is it gives a cool effect to the tongue when consumed. Apart from that it pretty much tastes like sugar, looks like sugar and no bitter after taste. Do try out this recipe and let me know, how you liked it.

Preparation Time - 15 Minutes
Cooking Time - 2 Minutes
Serves - Makes around 10 to 12 balls


Organic Raw Almonds - 1 cup
Xylitol - 1/4 cup (more if you have sugary tongue, you can also use raw sugar instead of xylitol)
Clarified Butter(Ghee) - 1 Tbsp
Cashews - 1 Tbsp chopped
Cardamom - 2
Saffron - few strands


1) Add cardamom and almonds in a blender and grind to a coarse meal.

2) Now add xylitol and blend for a second, and empty out the contents in a bowl.

3) Heat the ghee and fry the cashews till golden and now add the saffron strands and switch
off the stove.

4) Add the ghee, cashew and saffron strands to the almond powder bowl and with a spatula mix
thoroughly and using your hands make small balls and store in a air tight container.

5) Since the almonds have oil in them naturally, with just a Tbsp of ghee you can make out nice round balls.

6) Pop them in your mouth and enjoy.


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