There is a snack/dessert-type ball that is sold on basically every street corner in Morocco. Seriously, you can buy them everywhere. It’s called majoun. It’s the most popular way to eat marijuana–or other assorted drugs. With a 3-year old in the house (and with it being illegal, expensive, and generally not conducive to the lifestyle I currently have), I don’t make these with marijuana in them. I know, shocking right? But they are seriously delicious without the weed. IDK, if that’s a deal-breaker for you, dump in the weed to your heart’s content.
I made them this time with sesame seeds to coat the outside–you could also use grated coconut or ground pistachios if you wanted to. Also, you can make them with any one (or combination of) of these dried fruits: raisins, pitted medjool dates, or figs. All three of them work well. I’ve found that they turn out the sweetest with the dates, but some people think they’re sweeter with raisins.
Finally, these are traditionally made with Ras el Hanout; however, I didn’t feel like making any…so I changed it up with Lebanese Seven Spice. You probably won’t find this in the regular grocery store, but I found it at the Arabic grocery store here. On the flip side, you will find 9000 variations of a recipe for it if you want to make it yourself. The exact spices will vary based on what part of Lebanon the recipe-writer is from.
Anyway, these are delicious dessert balls that happen to have the added bonus of giving you excellent energy!
Lebanese Majoun (Paleo)
Makes 25-30 balls
1 pound blanched almonds (or smoked natural almonds)
1/2 pound walnuts
1 to 1 1/4 pounds dried fruit (raisins, pitted medjool dates, or figs)
1 C raw, unfiltered honey
1/2 C Kerrygold butter
2 tsp Lebanese Seven Spice
2 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2/3 – 3/4 C sesame seed (or grated coconut or ground pistachios)
1.- Pulse almonds, walnuts, and dried fruit in food processor until it forms a coarse, sticky mixture. It’ll easily ball up.
2.- In a large pot, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add in honey, seven spice, ginger, and cinnamon. Stir well.
3.- Add in nut and fruit mixture and stir until completely combined. Take off heat and cool for 10-ish minutes. Using gloves (or hands), form into balls, roll in sesame seeds, and place on a lined baking sheet to cool.
* I place the whole baking sheet in the fridge to cool for a couple hours and then remove the balls to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for optimal longevity, though these won’t last long. (Oh, and try one when they’re still warm–they’re AMAZE-BALLS)