Pistachio Cardamom Orange Balls

Posted on December 09 2015

By Elena Razmpoosh, MS, RD, CD

cardamom pods

Cardamom is a sweet, aromatic spice that is often used in Indian cooking but is also known for its culinary use during the holidays. Personally, cardamom is an ingredient that I could put in almost everything but I think this recipe is definitely on the top of my list.

In creating this recipe, I used one of my most used cook books, The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg. I highly recommend this book if you sometimes find yourself wondering what you could add to a recipe to enhance or improve the flavor profile. In this case, orange and cardamom with the rest of the ingredients is a perfect flavor combination!

These balls make a delicious and healthy treat as they are full of protein, fiber, natural sugars from dates and lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.



Prep time: 20 min    Yields: 15-20 (depending on size of balls)

Raw, Vegan, Gluten-free



½ cup raw, shelled pistachios

½ cup of raw cashews

8 Medjool dates

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp ground cardamom

Zest of one organic orange

Pinch of salt



Add nuts to a food processor and pulse a few times until nuts are chopped into big pieces. Then add the rest of the ingredients and process until everything is combined well and the mixture has become sticky

To form balls, take a little less than a tablespoon of the mixture and press it together with your fingers. Then start rolling mixture into a ball with your hands.

Store in fridge up to one week or for up to 3 days at room temperature.


Optional: add ½ tsp of fresh, ground ginger

If dates are hard, soak in warm water for 5 minutes


And here are some health benefits of the ingredients in this recipe: 

Cardamom: This delicious spice is known for its soothing effects on the gut and for being an excellent breath freshener

Cashews and Pistachios: natural and plant-based protein, monounsaturated fats and high amounts of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in nuts offer heart-protective benefits

Dates: Natural sweetener and an excellent source of fiber as well as B vitamins and minerals such as zinc, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium.

Orange peel: Herperidin, a phytonutrient found in oranges and particularly in orange peel and the inner white pulp, has been studied for its anti-inflammatory benefits and its blood pressure and cholesterol lowering properties.

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