Below is our adaptation of the recipe, followed by a list of the specific varieties of ingredients we used and the Hollywood Farmers' Market vendors where we bought them. Of course, one could find these ingredients elsewhere, and we recommend adapting the recipe to incorporate whatever looks, smells, and tastes the freshest and the best to you.
2 cups raw sunflower seeds
1 cup dates, pitted
1 cup raisins
2 tablespoons almond butter*
2 tablespoons grated orange peel
1 vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
almonds or blanched citrus zest (optional)
If using a vanilla bean, scrape out the seeds and place with the pod in a small saucepan with about 1/2 cup of water. Simmer until water is infused with vanilla, remove from heat, and remove the pod.
Soak raisins in the vanilla bean water or hot water with vanilla extract for about 15 minutes or until plump.
In a food processor, pulse the sunflower seeds and dates until combined. Add raisins, almond butter, and orange peel. Pulse until desired consistency is reached.
Form mixture into balls and flatten. If desired, top with almonds or blanched citrus zest. Refrigerate for about two hours.
*To make almond butter from scratch, process raw or roasted almonds (we used roasted) in a food processor until smooth, drizzling in a bit of extra virgin olive oil if more creaminess is desired.
- raw sunflower seeds: Jazzy Sprouts (Ivar north of Selma)
- Barhi dates: Dates by DaVall (Ivar north of Selma)
- Flame raisins: K & K Farms (Ivar near Hollywood)
- roasted almonds: Avila & Sons Farms (Ivar north of Selma)
- Malibu Gold mandarins: Mud Creek Ranch (Ivar south of Selma)
-- Guest post from Emily in Los Angeles
(Images: Gregory Han)