Fresh, sweet and moreish, the hint of basil intensifies the lemon and gives it an earthy flavour. Perfect garden tea fare.
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup dessicated coconut
1 tablespoon of honey
3 tablespoon of coconut oil, melted
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 teaspoons of basil leaves, finely chopped
pinch of salt
pinch of vanilla powder/drop of vanilla essence
(makes 18 bites)
Place all ingredients except the basil in a food processor and blend for a couple of minutes. I prefer the texture slightly chunky, unlike the usual raw nut balls, but if you prefer a smoother bite keep going. Stir in the finely chopped basil and roll into balls. Freeze for 10 minutes, then keep stored in the fridge. Enjoy with a cup of herb tea!
(Almonds are packed full of free radical fighting antioxidants and are the only alkalinizing nut – a great thing! Coconut oil is composed of medium chain fatty acids, which convert immediately to ketones in your body. These are amazingly supportive for brain health, as well as boosting your energy levels, keeping you full and nourishing your skin from the inside. The health benefits of basil are extensive. Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, it contains iron, calcium, Vitamin A, C and E, magnesium and potassium and so much more. Frequently used in Ayurvedic medicine, this mighty herb probably deserves its own separate post…)