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Guests: Ivana Sakić & Tasty business

Posted By Marija Cossi| Comments

It's been a while since I last posted something in my "Guests" column. I am reopening it again with the blog Tasty business by Ivana.

Ivana is a young girl that lives in Zagreb, who enjoys spending time in the kitchen and inspiring others.

She writes healthy and classic recipes in her little corner called Tasty business, so I definitely reccomend you check it out!

For this occasion she made two raw desserts that you can serve for Christmas to your loved ones.

Raw Christmas rolls

  • 18 dag pitted dates
  • 13 dag almonds
  • 4 dag fine oats
  • 1 full tsp of sour creampuna 
  • 3 tsp Maraschino
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp grated lemon peel 
  • juice of  ½ lemon
  • 8 – 10 dag brown sugar


Blend 7 dag almonds, 6 dag chop coarsely. Chop the pitted datesn finely*.

Combine the dates,almonds, oats, Maraschino and lemon in a bowl until all ingredients and flavours are well incorporated.

Shape your mixture into a long narrow roller, place in a transparent foil in a fridge for half an hour. Divide it into 26 equal parts and make a small roller out of each part.

Roll each "roller" into brown sugar. Store in an air tight container in an aluminium foil

* Use a blender to chop up the dates and almonds coarsley.

Cherry balls

  • 30 dag pitted dates
  • 7 dag almonds
  • 8 dag hazelnuts
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • about 25 pitted cherries

Blend the almonds and hazelnuts until you get a flour-like mixture. Add the dates and blend again until all ingredients are well combined.

Put some cardamom and vanilla in and stir with a spatula. Divide the mixture into  25 equal parts.

Whatever kind of cherries you use, make sure to leave them in a strainer to drain from the extra juice. In case they are frozen, first dunfroze them then drain. Later on, they will release a juice that gives great taste, but can give you a mushy texture. 

Place a piece of the mixture on the palm of your hand, put a cherry in the middle and then form a ball. 

Roll each ball in bitter cocoa powder and that's it, they are ready to be served!