I have a few iterations of energy bites on my site, but none that feature tahini as the shining star. These balls are great for a pick-me-up between meals or when you need a sweet treat. The bites contain fiber, potassium, protein, and healthy fat to keep you satiated and well nourished. Tahini, which is made from sesame seeds, is a vegan source of calcium and iron. Sesame seeds are also a great source of copper, an essential trace mineral and antioxidant which is needed by the body to build connective tissue, produce energy, transport iron, and prevent oxidative damage.
cacao Tahini Date Balls
makes about 20 bites
10-12 medjool dates, soak in warm water for 15 minutes if firm.
1/3 cup unsalted cashews
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup tahini
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup unsweetened cacao powder
For rolling: 1/4 cup toasted or raw sesame seeds or/and 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse for 30 to 45 seconds until mixture forms a cohesive batter and nuts are very coarsely chopped.
Set up your rolling station with a plate or half sheet tray and two bowls, one with sesame seeds and one with coconut flakes.
Using your hands, roll the batter into ping-pong sized-balls and roll each ball in sesame seeds or coconut flakes. Place balls on plate and transfer to fridge for a least an hour. Enjoy or store in an airtight container for up to a month.
*I would give these to Jack once he is a little older since they contain cacao and maple syrup. Opting for squares instead of balls might make for easier eating.