Rasayana Date and fig bliss balls

imageIt’s raining. It’s cold. It’s windy. Your vata is probably running amok. Definitely time for something sweet to calm those frazzled nerves. These tiny balls may look innocent but bite into one of them and feel life flowing back into your cold and weary bones. I didn’t name them Rasayana bliss balls for nothing! Rasa is a magic word in Ayurveda as I explained here. It means so many things depending on the context you use it in. But among other definitions are love, sweet or juicy. Just what you need in cold drying winter weather. The term rasayana in Ayurveda usually means one of two things. Either rejuvenation treatments such as body massages or facials with custom made herbal oils. Or herbal medicines designed to slow down or at best even reverse the aging process. No wonder that in ancient times those practising Ayurveda were said to grow over 100 years in good physical health, with mental clarity and in high spirits. Now that’s what I’m talking about!

imageMany of the herbal rasayana’s are complex in nature, sometimes containing up to 20 different components. And often consisting of hard to find herbs in the West. But some are easy to come by and can boost your health, immunity and spirit almost instantly. In the food department figs and dates are some of the best rejuvenating fruits around. Both crammed with natural sugars and fibre, they help to lift you out of that 3 pm dip and release energy into your system slowly and steadily. If you need to be climbing a mountain, are a new mom and up at the wee hours of the night changing diapers or, like me, have a to do list longer than fits on your note pad you need to make friends with these balls. Pronto! They are perfect to take with you on a long flight and will give you that extra bit of oomph when you think that you just can’t go even one step further.

imageIn an ideal world I like to have mine with a hot glass of freshly made chai tea. As the process of making the spice mixture for the tea feels as uplifting to me as the actual drinking of it. Just inhaling the wonderful aroma of all those beautiful spices cheers me up. As does the beautiful way they look. The black tea in the chai will give you an extra energy boost and the spices in the drink stimulate your digestive fire. But in my sometimes less than ideal world I am just as happy having one of these goodies for breakfast on the tram when time is of the essence. However you decide to enjoy them you certainly have my blessing. May they bring to you long life, strong health and sweet vibrations.

The sweet taste of these bliss balls are especially good for Vata’s and Pitta’s. Making them with soaked almonds make them even better suitable for Vata’s but using sunflower seeds make them a better option for Pitta and Kapha. Plus they can also be enjoyed by those with nut allergies in this way.

imageRasayana fig and date bliss balls

For 25 small balls

  • 150 gram dates, pitted, coarsely chopped
  • 150 gram dried figs, coarsely chopped
  • 150 gram roasted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon himalaya salt
  • optional dash of orange juice
  • 50 grams roasted sesame seeds

Mix all ingredients except the roasted sesame seeds in a kitchen aid until it comes together in a sticky ball. If the mixture seems too dry to you add a splash of orange juice. Now roll 25 small balls out of the mixture and roll through the roasted sesame seed.

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