Maple Tahini Energy Bites
Makes about 15
Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender or food processor except for whatever you are using for rolling.
Pulse on low speed several times, then let run on low speed.
Using a spatula, scrape down the sides every 30 second or so to ensure the mixture is even.
Once the mixture forms a dough-like consistency (see photos below), scrape out into a bowl. Refrigerate mixture 5-10 minutes to make it easier to work with.
Lay out sesame seeds, hemp seeds, toasted coconut or crushed nuts on a flat surface for rolling.
Begin to scoop tablespoon sized balls of dough, and roll each ball between your hands. The mixture will seem sticky!
Roll each ball in desired toppings, or leave unrolled.
Store energy bites in an air-tight container in the freezer. Eat straight from the freezer, or leave out for 20 minutes before eating if you prefer them at room temperature.
**Note: Tahini, made from sesame seeds, has a strong, nutty flavor. Rolling in sesame seeds will enhance this flavor even more. For a lighter, sweeter flavor, try coconut flakes, hemp seeds or another crushed nut for rolling rather than rolling in sesame seeds.
1.5 c rolled oats
1/4 c + 1 Tbsp. tahini
About 7 pitted dates
1/3 c hemp seeds
3 Tbsp. maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/3 c sesame seeds, hemp seeds, coconut flakes, or toasted and crushed nuts (cashews, almonds, etc) for rolling the bites. (when using nuts or coconut, I often like to toast them in the oven first to enhance the flavor)
High power blender or food processor, such as Vitamin
Tablespoon sized scoop
5 minute prep
15 minute active cook time
Vegan, nut-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free
These energy bites are the perfect combination of nutty and sweet. Using tahini in place of another nut butter gives them a unique depth of flavor. If you do not prefer the taste of tahini, you can replace the tahini with almond butter, cashew butter, or any other nut butter! I enjoy eating them as a snack, a healthy treat, or a pre-workout boost of energy.