Who doesn’t want little bursts of energy? 8 simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes of your time is all it will take to make these balls of energy delights, that are way better for you than your mid-afternoon cookie! Making theses treats yourself, means you can tailor them to your specific tastes, not to mention of course, so much cheaper than store bought! (Not that I have found any in cafes or shops here in Athens, Greece). However, I recently found out when I went back to Australia! In my “old hood” of South Yarra, I paid between AU$3 – AU$4.00 for one ball! (approximately €1.90 – €2.50) Granted, they were good sized balls, but still, who can stop at one ball…. it’s always more fun to have more! 😛
To whip up these simple no-bake energy balls, we are going to blend all of our ingredients in a food processor until well combined and then, with our hands roll into preferred sized balls. I usually roll just slightly smaller than “golf” sized balls, however you may choose to roll into “pop-cake” size, as they are the perfect size and make great treats for smaller hands!
Let’s get started. I was originally going to make these using Tahini paste only in this recipe, however, once I discovered that I only had a little more than half a cup, I decided, to add some of my own homemade almond butter as well. Thankfully, earlier this morning I made a fresh batch of almond butter which by the way, when combine with tahini paste gives an amazing delicious result. The flavour of the tahini isn’t too overpowering, especially if you have smaller children who aren’t exactly lovers of tahini, whilst the almond butter flavour adds a subtle dimension that I really love.
This really is one of those recipes that you can totally customise to your own preferred tastes and to what you have on hand in your kitchen’s pantry. Keeping the ingredients simple you can either swap out the maple syrup for honey if that’s what you have, or even skip it all together and use 8 medjool dates instead of 4. Can’t handle nuts, then leave out the nut butter and stick to just Tahini paste or vice versa. Don’t like almond butter – swap for any other nut butter of choice. Don’t like goji berries or you need to avoid them, due to medical reasons, swap them for say, cranberries or if they aren’t your thing, swap them for choc-chips… the choices are completely yours.
Tahini: Is a paste made from ground sesame seeds… it’s a powerhouse of nutrients such as calcium, rich in protein and minerals, plus loaded with good vitamins such as vitamin E and vitamin B. Today we are going to use it for something other than hummus! That’s right, Tahini is that versatile!
Goji Berries: I have both the fresh and dried fruit, however for the recipe you will want to go ahead and use the dried kind. Goji Berries are a powerful little fruit and are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, Iron, Zinc and Anti-oxidants just to name a few.
Chia Seeds: Don’t be fooled by their size, they can absorb nearly 10 or 12 times their weight in liquids. Impressively they are loaded with nutrients and anti-oxidants also! Not to mention, they are a great source of plant protein and calcium.
I hope you enjoy my recipe for Energy Bites with Tahini as they are:
- Naturally not too sweet
- Easy to make
- Kind of addicting
- Perfectly sized for snacking
- Healthy and Delicious
- Kid friendly
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- ½ cup tahini paste
- ½ cup almond butter
- 1.5 cups oats
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 4 Tbsp chia seeds
- 4 medjool dates, pitted
- ¼ cup sultanas
- ¼ cup goji berries
- In a food processor add the tahini paste, almond butter and maple syrup together and blend until combined.
- Add the other ingredients and pulse until mixture combines and rides the "s" blade.
- Take 2 Tablespoons of mixture and roll into ball shape.
- Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to help harden - especially during the summer months.
- Keeps stored in the refridgerator.
Cinnamon, choc-chips, choc Nibs, Cranberries, Coconut, Raisins.
*If you suffer with nut allergies, this can be made nut-free by using more tahini paste.