Tahini has lots of nutritional benefits; it’s a great way to add extra protein in to your diet, contains calcium, iron and B vitamins, plus helps with liver detoxification as it contains methionine. It also packs a punch with flavour, whilst maintaining to be low in saturated fat and kj. These lil balls of health will provide you with energy -they’re great pre or post workout and good for breakfast too. Keep your serving size to 1-2 balls.
You can get tahini in the health food section of the supermarket. Add a teaspoon to your smoothie, make a dressing with it with olive oil and a little maple syrup, or put a smear of it on your toast with banana. These balls give you an energy kick because of the oats, natural sugars and the beautiful B vitamins from the tahini. Because of the natural sweetness of the dates and cranberries, you can normally get them into kids too, plus all that calcium is good for growing little bones, especially for kids and adults on dairy free diets.
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted.
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 x cup oats or gluten free rice puffs
- 2 x tbsp tahini
- 20 grams cacao or cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup dessicated coconut
- 45g cranberries
- 60 grams almonds or cashews
- 5 x dates
- 2 x tbsp peanut butter
- 3-4 tbsp water
*Coconut to roll in or crushed pistachios.
In a thermomix or food processor blend oats, coconut, almonds, peanut butter, dates, cranberries and tahini until crumb like consistency. (Thermomix users 10 seconds, on Speed 7) Add maple syrup, cacao, water and coconut oil and blend again until mixture comes together and is wet enough to roll. (Thermomix users 10 seconds on Speed 3.5)
Roll into small balls and then roll in coconut or crushed pistachios if you want to make them a bit prettier looking!