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Tamarind Balls

Learn how to make these delicious tamarind candy balls - paleo, gluten free, vegan
Course Appetiser
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 155kcal
Author Charla


  • A box of fresh tamarind pods or use 20 pods
  • 1 tablespoon of rum essence optional
  • ¼ cup of coconut sugar or raw cane sugar
  • Additional sugar for dusting - I used sukin gold and stevia or raw cane sugar works too! optional


  • Use your hands to de-shell the tamarind then place the flesh in a medium sized bowl.
  • Discard the stem and shell pieces once the tamarind has been shelled
  • Add the coconut sugar, rum essence and any other additional ingredients you choose to use i.e black pepper, hot sauce etc..
  • Use your hands to mould the tamarind into a large ball and prepare a plate with a layer of sugar for dusting.
  • Break off small pieces of tamarind to form balls then roll into the sugar
  • Repeat this step until all the balls have been made


  • Use your hands to shape the tamarind into a ball. It takes a bit of effort to make into a dough ball. Some people add flour as an aid for shaping the tamarind ball but I prefer to add as little additives as possible.
  • The seeds are supposed to be there, you simply suck the tamarind fruit off and discard the seed, that's the Caribbean way having this snack.
  •   Don't worry if some of the seeds come apart, this is completely normal.
  • When forming the balls, your hands maybe become sticky overtime, so wash in between intervals if needed.
  • Tamarind is also known as sampaloc/tamarindo
  • Omit the rum essence if you want to keep the recipe child friendly
  • Add hot sauce or black pepper for an extra kick
  • Using fine coconut sugar to dust the rolls, form a thicker coating around the balls (not what is pictured, looks like a truffle)
  • Can use a white zero calorie sweetener such a sukin gold stevia, raw cane sugar or erythritol for dusting the balls if you prefer to.


Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg