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Watermelon Rind Energy Balls (No added Sugar)

Exceptionally healthy, Instant, Easy to make energy balls / laddoos without any added sweetener except for natural sugars.
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Recipe Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena

PrepTime:10 mins   CookTime:10 mins   Cuisine:Indian

Are you throwing away those green thick skin of the watermelon? Well, you would never, after seeing & trying this NOT AT ALL hard to make recipe. And after the little effort you put in making them, I can promise you these, Watermelon Rind Energy Balls (No added sugar), would taste just too good! 

Alterations you can make in this recipe:

  • You might add any other dry nuts (might be walnuts, pecans, almonds) in place of pistachios. 
  • If you do not have dry rose petals, just skip using them.
  • The tablespoon of ghee I have used for frying the rind pieces, you can replace it with any plant based butter. 
  • Or else skip it completely, to make it a completely Whole Foods recipe.
Watermelon Rind Energy Balls (No added Sugar). WFPB dessert recipe.

Health Benefits of this recipe:

Watermelon itself has amazing health benefits.While the rind also gives us few benefits.Watermelon rinds are rich in fiber. Where, foods with high fiber help to regulate the bowel movement. One more important fact is, watermelon rind helps to lower skin inflammation and in return rejuvenates the skin. (info from internet)

Dates, have natural sugars and are rich in Iron too. And pistachios are high source of protein.

Watermelon Rind Energy Balls (No added Sugar). WFPB dessert recipe.

Before starting to cook, don’t forget to see the Tips mentioned at the end.

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Watermelon Rind Energy Balls (No added Sugar). WFPB dessert recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Watermelon Rind – 1 heaped cup (finely chopped)
  • Fresh Dates (seedless / pitted) – 1 cup (pressed)
  • Pistachios – ½ cup
  • Desiccated Coconut / Dry Coconut flakes / powder – ¼ cup
  • Organic Rose Petals – ¼ cup 
  • Ghee / Butter – 1 tablespoon (optional)

Special Ingredients:

  • Organic Rose Petals
Watermelon Rind Energy Balls (No added Sugar). WFPB dessert recipe.

Step wise pics Procedure for Watermelon Rind Energy Balls (No added sugar):

PREP WORK:

Take the watermelon rind, peel off the green outer layer, finely chop the white part (we need 1 heaped cup). Pit the dates, measure 1 heaped cup (pressed).
Put a sauce pan / vessel on stove top under medium flame. Add the ghee / butter let it melt. Transfer the chopped watermelon rind pieces. Stir them until the pieces are well coated with ghee/butter.
Close the vessel with lid, and let the pieces soften. Later remove the lid, let it be on flame until water evaporates.(all of this takes 5 to 6 mins)
Watermelon Rind Energy Balls (No added Sugar). WFPB dessert recipe.
Let the watermelon rind pieces cool down to room temperature. Later, transfer them, along with pitted dates, pistachios, to the food processor / mixie. Process to your desired consistency.
Watermelon Rind Energy Balls (No added Sugar). WFPB dessert recipe.
Make balls with the processed content, roll each ball onto a plate full of desiccated coconut and organic dry rose petals. Done!

Tips:

  • You could change the quantities of dates & watermelon rind as per your choice.
  • Eliminate the usage of Ghee/butter, instead you could even use only water just to soften the watermelon rind pieces.
  • Storage: They stay good at room temperature for 3 to 4 days in an air-tight container.
  • Put them in the fridge and they stay good up to 10 days.

Result:

  • Even without the addition of any additional sugar other than the natural sugars from Dates, the Watermelon Rind Energy Balls (No added Sugar), turned out absolutely sweet enough for the palate.
  • The desiccated coconut, gave the extra crunch to the soft & melt in mouth laddoos/energy balls.
Watermelon Rind Energy Balls (No added Sugar). WFPB dessert recipe.

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Watermelon Rind Energy Balls (No added sugar)

VegCookBook by Praveena
Exceptionally healthy, Instant, Easy to make energy balls / laddoos without any added sweetener except for natural sugars.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Cooling & Rolling Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 15 pieces

Equipment

  • Sauce Pan / Vessel (for stove-top method)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Watermelon Rind (heaped cup) (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup Dates (seedless / pitted) (pressed)
  • ¼ cup Desiccated Coconut / Dry Coconut Flakes / Powder
  • ½ cup Pistachios
  • ¼ cup Organic Rose Petals
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee / Butter (optional)

Instructions
 

PREP WORK:

  • Take the watermelon rind, peel off the green outer layer, finely chop the white part (we need 1 heaped cup).
    Pit the dates, measure 1 heaped cup (pressed).

COOKING:

  • Put a sauce pan / vessel on stove top under medium flame.
    Add the ghee / butter let it melt. Transfer the chopped watermelon rind pieces.
    Stir them until the pieces are well coated with ghee/butter.
  • Close the vessel with lid, and let the pieces soften.
    Later remove the lid, let it be on flame until water evaporates.(all of this takes 5 to 6 mins)
  • Let the watermelon rind pieces cool down to room temperature.
    Later, transfer them, along with pitted dates, pistachios, to the food processor / mixie. Process to your desired consistency.
  • Make balls with the processed content, roll each ball onto a plate full of desiccated coconut and organic dry rose petals. Done!

Notes

Please see the MAIN POST for step wise pics & recipe TIPS.
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