Ojas balls are recognized as energy foods, especially for new mothers in the postpartum time. Ojas balls are balancing for vata, the primary dosha that tends to be out of balance in the first few months after delivering your baby. The ingredients used also balance pitta dosha and slightly increase kapha, depending on amount consumed at one time. These ojas balls are made with shatavari, an optional ingredient that is incredibly balancing for the female reproductive system. Shatavari also helps with production of breast milk and rebalancing of hormones after birth. Ojas balls are convenient, nutrient rich prana-packed mid-day snack to sustain your energy throughout the day.
1 cup raw almonds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds (optional: these can be lightly toasted on a skillet before using)
½ tsp ginger powder
½ tsp ground cardamom
½ tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp shatavari powder
Pinch of himalayan pink salt
2 tbsp finely shredded coconut
6 medjool dates, pitted OR ¼ cup of raisins
1 tbsp organic melted ghee (grass fed if possible)
1 tbsp local honey
2 tbsp almond butter (optional)
Pinch of orange zest
First soak the almonds in water for 6 or more hours. Peel the skin off each almond after soaking (this is done by pinching the almond so the body of the nut slides out of the skin). Next put the soaked skinless almonds, pumpkin seeds, herbs and coconut flakes into a food processor to grind together. Blend until you have reached a ground consistency.
In a separate food processor pulse the dates, raisins (if using), ghee, honey, almond butter and orange zest. Blend until the dates are well broken up and ingredients combine.
Combine all above ingredients together in large bowl and mix everything together with clean hands. It helps if your hands are wet so that it doesn’t all stick to you. Roll into walnut-sized smooth balls. Once finished, let them rest in the refrigerator for an hour or two before serving.
Enjoy 1-2 at a time!