Easy Cacao Nut Date Energy Balls
Ramadan is a favorable month and cacao, nut, date energy balls offer a great treat to anyone including the fasting person. The approach of this auspicious month brings great anticipation, a reaffirmation with God to be a better Muslim, friend, spouse, colleague, or neighbor. Conversely, its departure signals joy and relief juxtaposed with sadness and a renewed aim to sustain the serene fortitude we gain from the experience. Although fasting may appear onerous to the uninitiated, abstaining from food and drink as brings a tranquility which transcends hunger or thirst. Fasting is replete with a fragrant enveloping calm which descends soon after sunset when the Athan, call to prayer, heralds the first evening of Ramadan. Above all, this is also the time of year when an innumerable quantity of dates is consumed.
The month of Ramadan ushers in well-meaning commitments. The constraints of fasting provide the subtext for better time management. Waking up for the pre-dawn meal called Suhoor, going about the day as if normal, and breaking the fast after sunset requires efficiency, focus, and unintended improved productivity. The morning person effectively labors in the early hours and avoids challenging work when the heaviness of the day has a firm grip, yet fasting cannot be an impediment to fulfilling one’s obligations. Grocery shopping. Done. Household chores. Done. Set two alarms for the pre-dawn meal. Doubly done.
Islam states a fasting person should leave off foul speech and Ramadan is often the month to establish self-improvement goals. Abandoning coarse and offensive talk can erroneously mislead an impertinent soul, who may deem it necessary to test the fasting person. Ironically, insolence can still be the recipient of colorful and still pointed language with a barrage of multisyllabic words used in place of the four-lettered varieties. Thus, man is keenly aware of personal strengths and weaknesses. Losing one’s temper can prematurely nullify the fast, therefore the Believer learns to remain calm under any situation. She also prays for patience, patience, and more patience. Inarguably, there are never enough prayers for patience.
I have never been a great fan of dried fruits. If they were present and if I was in the mood, I ate them. In Ramadan, there is an abundance of dates, in a wide variety of flavors, and after much consumption, they are now a favorite snack food. A very kind Sister, Maryam, gifted me two large containers of Deglet Nour dates from Tunisia. These are probably my third favorite dates after, a similar variety, but from Algeria, and superior to those two, is a variety from Saudi Arabia. Dates contain natural sugar, protein, and fiber. They provide a quick energy boost and along with a glass of milk are traditionally eaten at Iftar, the time when the fast is broken, each evening in Ramadan. 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.
These dates, cacao, nuts energy balls are easy to make, full of protein, sweet, and the ingredients are probably already in the kitchen cupboard. I had almonds, which I roasted (optional), Sister Maryam’s gift of dates, and cacao. Rolling them in coconut flakes makes them prettier and more delicious. They are ready to eat in a very short time. In addition, a food processor is the only equipment necessary and the choice of nuts is variable.
Fasting is good for the soul and body. The former we often forsake and the latter abuse which is negligent. Read about my struggle to overcome disability by clicking Going Organic.
Spread Love, Peace, and Cheer, insha’Allaah.