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#Father’sDayTreat: Pineapple Cashew Energy Bites

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Call it an energy bite, call it a fudge; Call it a sweet, call it a dessert. Call it whatever you may, one thing is for sure. It is sure to delight you deliciously.

I was pleasantly surprised to receive a lovely cake baked by one of my good neighbors on my birthday. These pineapple bites were my way of conveying my gratitude for her thoughtfulness.

These Pineapple Cashew Energy Bites, enriched with traditional flavors of cardamom, saffron mingled in with cashew bits encased in a pineapple fudge, in my opinion, bring both the rich traditional and the exotic modern worlds together.

Ingredients:

pineapple chopped into chunks – 1 & 1/2 cups when pureed becomes 1 cup

roughly powdered cashew nuts – 1 & 1/2 cups

demerara sugar – 1/2 to 3/4 cup (unrefined sugar) (adjust to taste)

cardamom powder – from 5 small green cardamom pods

saffron – a small pinch

nut butter or coconut oil or ghee – a few drops for greasing.

water – about 4-6 tablespoons

Method:

First chop the fresh pineapple into small chunks.

Add this to a pan with few tablespoons of water, allow it to cook until tender.

Meanwhile, powder/crush the cashew nuts pulsing in a blender OR crush the nuts in a thick plastic bag, using a rolling pin.

Also powder the cardamom using a pestle and mortar. Slice the pistachios.

Grease a plate or tray and keep this ready.

Once the pineapple chunks are cooked, allow them to cool slightly, then blend to make a puree.

Add this puree along with sugar to a pan, cook until the sugar dissolves.

Then add powdered cashews, cardamom, saffron, stir and cook until it thickens, clearing the sides as you go.

This process might need 15-20 min.

Once it is well thickened and starts to come together as a ball, transfer to the greased tray, spread it out if serving as a rectangular fudge.

If the mixture still appears sticky, cook for a couple of minutes more.

Smoothen the surface using a slightly greased back of a spoon. Cut into desired size pieces. Allow to cool completely, serve garnished with pistachios, desiccated coconut.

If making balls, allow the mixture to cool. Then pick up small portions, make depressions in the middle, place a couple of slivered pistachio nuts. Cover them up bringing the mixture over.

Roll it between your palms to form a smooth ball.

Roll the ball over desiccated coconut spread on a plate.

Again roll the ball between your palms so that the coconut sticks on.

Serve!

Notes:

Adjust sweetness as per taste and the sweetness in the pineapple.

The energy bites do firm up if allowed to set for a good few minutes.

 {module Anu Nagraja – Author }

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