These little bites contain good amount of energy, tastes delicious and works great for breakfast, an afternoon treat or as munching snack. They are vegan, gluten-free and my family’s new favorite which we have been munching as snack. They also take almost no time to make, are easily portable snack and stay for a week in fridge.
What I like fancy about this recipe is it does not need any fancy kitchen equipment. Just a blender/food processor and some arm strength.. That sounds energizing , isn’t it !
This energy bar is super easy to make. It contains almonds, walnuts, oats, dates, cocoa powder, Tahini and maple syrup. Just blend them all together and use some arm strength to make the balls!!
After making the balls I have rolled some of them in sesame seeds and the rest in chocolate flakes to give a nice finishing to them ! You can choose opt out of any finishing and it will not compromise on the taste.
All of the ingredients have tremendous health benefits and power packed with vitamins and proteins !
Almonds– Almonds are welcome on almost every healthy diet — from keto to vegan and paleo — as long as you’re not allergic to nuts. Some health benefits are they help lower inflammation, good source of vitamin-E, reduced risk for certain types of cancer, heart disease prevention and healthy gut balance.
Walnuts– Walnuts are primarily made up of protein and polyunsaturated fat. They contain a relatively high percentage of omega-3 fat, which has been linked to various health benefits. Walnuts are an excellent source of several vitamins and minerals. These include copper, folic acid, phosphorus, vitamin B6, manganese, and vitamin E. Walnuts are one of the richest dietary sources of antioxidants.
Oats– Oats are packed with fiber, protein and tons of vitamins and minerals. Oats are great breakfast option, and they can also help you lose weight and control your blood sugar.
Dates– Dates are a source of antioxidants. All dates, fresh or dried, contain different types of antioxidants. Dates are rich in natural sugars, fiber, and several vitamins and minerals. Like other dried fruits, they pack a lot of calories in a small serving. Dates contain antioxidants and nutrients that may lower your risk of heart disease, promote digestion, and support heart health, among other benefits.
Cocoa Powder– Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Quality dark chocolate cocoa powder is rich in fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese and a few other minerals. The bioactive compounds in cocoa may improve blood flow in the arteries and cause a small but statistically significant decrease in blood pressure.
Tahini– Butter made from white sesame seeds. The high magnesium content in tahini is beneficial for maintaining healthy bones, great source of essential vitamins and minerals, helps regulate blood pressure and cholesterol
Maple Syrup– Pure maple syrup is not only high in antioxidants, but every spoonful offers nutrients like riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium and potassium. According to Helen Thomas of the New York State Maple Association, maple syrup has a higher concentration of minerals and antioxidants, yet fewer calories than honey.
I just overloaded with lot of nutrition information! I am sure by now you would want to make this and eat them! So let’s not wait anymore and get straight into recipe.
If you do make this recipe do leave a comment
Chocolate and Tahini Balls
- Blender/Food Processor
- Arm Strength
For the Balls
- 1/2 Cup Almonds Roasted
- 2/3 Cup Walnuts
- 1/4 Cup Oats
- 1 Cup Dates Soaked for 1 hour at-least
- 2 Tbsp Tahini
- 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
For Finishing (Optional)
- 3 Tbsp Seseme Seeds
- 3 Tbsp Chocolate Flakes
Making Chocolate and Tahini Balls
- Roast Almonds: Heat a pan on medium heat and roast the almonds for 2-3 minutes
- Blend: Let the almonds cool for 2-3 minutes and process them in blender until they are finely ground
- Add rest of the ingredienrs: Add well-drained dates, walnuts, rolled oats, Cocoa powder, and tahini. Process until the mixture sticks together and forms dough
- Adjust sweetness: Add 1 Tbsp Maple syrup and adjust the sweetness if necessary.
- Make Balls: Using arm strength make medium size balls.
- Finishing: Roll the energy bite balls with either sesame seeds or Chocolate flakes.
- Store: Refrigerate this in airtight container for upto a week
- You can choose to freeze this for up to 2 months. Just keep out for 20 minutes before eating them
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