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Will you devour these? It is decidedly so.Gather Journal Magic Date Balls
For Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) and Roald Dahl’s Matilda, books were a refuge—whenever Hermione was in doubt, off to the library she went, while Matilda escaped her horrible family by burrowing into a good read. “Books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone,” wrote Dahl. For these bookworms with supernatural abilities (Hermione’s a witch and Matilda is telekinetic), we conjured brain food with magic of its own.
serves 4 (makes 8 balls)
Combine dates, cashews, coconut, coconut oil, thyme, mucuna pruriens (if using), fennel, and pinch of salt in a food processor. Pulse, occasionally scraping down sides, until mixture is sticky and holds together when pinched. Briefly pulse in almonds just until combined but chunky. Roll with damp hands into rounded Tbsp-sized balls.
Heat a covered skillet over medium-high heat. Lower heat to medium and, working in batches, toast quinoa covered until you hear it quietly popping and it smells nutty, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a shallow bowl and repeat with remaining quinoa. Roll balls in cooled quinoa. Balls can be kept chilled, covered, for 4 days. If using edible glitter, dust it on just before serving.