These delightful treats feature some of my favorite flavors and herbal adaptogens. Turmeric gives these bites a golden color and are coated with a raw chocolate shell and flakes of crushed rose petals. This dessert is meant to be shared and will certainly be a hit at any gathering. There is a buttery flavor from coconut and a texture that melts in your mouth. Then the sweetness comes from a combination of raw honey and dates.
Turmeric Rose Dessert Bites
Makes 18-20 Bites
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup cashew or almond butter
1/2 cup raw honey, thick
1/4 cup dates, pitted
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp ashwagandha extract powder
1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cardamom
1 T dried rose petals, crushed
a few pinches himalayan or sea salt
Place coconut and nut butter in a food processor and mix until combined, then add all powdered ingredients to the food processor and mix until combined. Last, add the raw honey and dates and mix until combined and forming a buttery dough.
Take one tablespoon of dough and roll between palms to make balls, then place onto a pan lined with parchment paper. Chill immediately.
Raw Chocolate for Dipping
1 cup cacao paste
1/2 cup cane juice crystals or coconut sugar, blended into a powder
**or 1 cup raw chocolate chips
Melt cacao paste or chocolate chips over a double boiler on low heat, then mix occasionally until it starts to melt and mix until fully melted. Set aside for the bites. When ready to dip, take bites out of refrigerator or freezer and simply dip into the chocolate with a fork and let the chocolate dip off for a few seconds before placing back onto the parchment paper for cooling. After finished dipping, return to refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. Serve chilled.
More info about Ashwagandha >> One of my go-to adaptogen herbs. Flavor-wise this is an excellent herb for dessert making, with caramel tones and a slight sweetness along with pleasing bitterness. Also known as Indian Ginseng and used as a part of Ayurvedic medicine. Using an extracted powder will be the most effective way to use this herbs in dessert applications.