Tahini Energy Balls

 

Tahini is a magical ingredient that I happen to be ever so slightly obsessed with. Made from sesame seeds, this wonderful paste is primarily used in savoury dishes, for example hummus, but can also be used in sweet dishes too as it has quite nutty in flavour, not unlike peanut butter.

Previously  I have made Tahini Blondies as well as Tahini Swirled Brownies, but now I am using tahini in something that has a lot less sugar – these energy bites. Adapted from Livia’s Kitchen (a great cookbook for natural and healthy sweets and desserts!), these energy bites are naturally sweetened by the dates and maple syrup and have a slighty nutty taste, similar to peanut butter. If you have never tried tahini in baking before then I suggest you do so, pronto. You may become obsessed like me!

These energy bites are made up of a few simple ingredients that you may already have lying around if you enjoy baking healthy snacks. I used ground almonds,  but I imagine ground cashews would work very nicely too. Make sure you use cacao powder and not cocoa powder as the former is a lot better for you and a lot richer in flavour. Tahini is available in most supermarkets under the vaguely named ‘World Food’ section. 

Ingredients for 10 energy bites:

  • 135g dates, soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes and then drained
  • 60g ground almonds
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 60g tahini
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (or can use honey)
  • Handful of sesame seeds to coat (optional)

Method:

  1. When the dates are cool enough to handle (after about 5 minutes) use your hands to squidge them together until you get a sticky mixture*
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients until thoroughly combined
  3. Roll into 10 balls, then roll into the sesame seeds (it’s easier to roll in a small dish, then on a plate)
  4. Store in the fridge

*Alternatively you can combine all of the ingredients in a food processor

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