Easy Cacao Nut Date Energy Balls
Easy Cacao Nut Date Energy Balls are delicious treats for Ramadan or any time of the year. The approach of this auspicious month of fasting brings great anticipation and reaffirms our relationship with God. Fasting appears onerous to the uninitiated, yet in spite of its impressiveness, selecting nutritional foods lessens its burdens. Conversely, the departure of Ramadan heralds mixed feelings of joy and sadness.
The month of Ramadan ushers in well-meaning commitments. Despite the constraints, fasting provides a pretext for time-management. Waking up for the pre-dawn meal called Suhoor and advancing through the day requires efficiency and focus. Improved productivity is often a by-product. The morning person labors effectively thus, avoiding challenging work at the end of the day. All the while, fasting cannot be an excuse from fulfilling one’s obligations. Every act is a mercy, and thus, a charity. For these reasons, we remember Allah, God Almighty, often.
Therefore, grocery shopping. Done, with a smile. Household chores. Done, with contentment. Set two alarms for the pre-dawn meal. Doubly done.
Ramadan is Easy
While burdensome in appearance, in reality, fasting is relatively benign. Ramadan is an excellent month for self-improvement goals. For example, Islam states a fasting person should abandon foul speech. At the start of my Muslim life, I could utter a mouthful of four-letter words and expressions. I used Ramadan to wean me from those uninspiring invectives of which the four-letter type is common. Now cussing or cursing as we say it in New York City is no longer a way of self-expression.
Ramadan deconstructs the Believer. She becomes acutely aware of personal strengths and weaknesses. Although foul speech is no longer part of my lexicon, the verbiage is still flavorful. Losing one’s temper can nullify the fast, therefore practicing self-restraint is an imperative. She also prays for patience, patience, and more patience. Arguably, there are never enough prayers for patience.
I have never been a great fan of dried fruits. If they were present and if in the mood, I ate them. In Ramadan, there is a large variety of date palm present at Iftars. So, after much consumption, they are now a favorite snack food. Sister Maryam gifted me two large containers of Deglet Nour. A date palm from Tunisia. Among the date palm, these are my third favorite after, a similar variety, but from Algeria. However, superior to both is a species from Saudi Arabia.
The date also, the Date Palm, contain natural sugar, protein, and fiber. Giving a quick energy boost, and with a glass of milk, dates are traditional at Iftar. Mejoul dates are juicy and are commonly available in the USA, but as delicious as they are, they strike my fancy, but only a little.
Easy Cacao Nut Date Energy Balls are simple to make, full of nutrition, and sweet. The ingredients may already be in the kitchen cupboard. I had an open container of almonds and therefore, used those nuts. Practicality permits the use of whatever nut is available. Rolling the balls in coconut flakes makes them prettier and more delicious. Easy Cacao Nut Date Energy Balls are ready to eat in a short time. The brief preparation time is helpful, especially if you are busy. A food processor is the only necessary equipment.
The arrival of the month of Ramadan is replete with a fragrant enveloping calm. A tranquility which descends immediately after the last Maghreb, just after sunset, Athan, of Shaban. Ramadan serves as a benchmark for becoming a better Muslim, friend, spouse, colleague, or neighbor. Abstaining from food and drink delivers to the Believer a Serenity transcending hunger or thirst. While we work on improving ourselves, we simultaneously strengthen our relationship with God. In spite of the challenges or because of them, we consume healthy food. Add Easy Cacao Nut Date Energy Balls to your must-have list. Enjoy this protein snack in Ramadan and moreover, throughout the year.
The departure of Ramadan juxtaposes sadness with a renewed aim to sustain the serenity and fortitude we have gained. Fasting is good for the soul and body. Although the former we often forsake and the latter abuse. It would serve us best to treasure them always.
Read more about the end of Ramadan in Ramadan Resolutions – Eid ul-Fitr Mubarak 1438.
To learn about my struggles with health, disability, and an easy recipe for French baguette, read Going Organic - Baguette Bread Recipe.
Spread Love, Peace, and Cheer, insha’Allaah.