This recipe came together very quickly while I was experimenting with a new type of tahini; black tahini. It was the end of the month which means less food in the kitchen but I always try to restock on ground almonds, dates, coconut oil and chia seeds (therefore the ingredients of this recipe).
I’ve heard a few people say that they don’t trust themselves to bake with dates, nuts and other healthy ingredients like raw cacao powder because of the calories. However calories are just a small part of what needs to be considered when creating a healthy lifestyle. Calories do not act in the same way, for example 2300 calories worth of processed food would have an entirely different effect on the body than 2300 calories worth of wholesome food. Something to bear in mind.
These tahini balls have omega three essential fatty acids from the chia seeds, protein from the nuts and tahini and naturally occurring sugar and fibre from the dates. These balls do not contain carbohydrates and therefore wouldn’t constitute a full meal. They make a cracking snack though.
2 cups of almond flour (or blend whole almonds)
180g of medjool dates
3 tbsp black tahini (or other tahini)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup of raisins
1 tbsp agave syrup (or other natural sweetener)
Put the ground almonds and tahini in a blender and blend for 30 seconds. Next add a tbsp of agave syrup and your raisins and blend again until incorporated. Lastly, pit the dates and put them into the blender while its blending, one at a time. Use 1 tbsp of the mixture per protein ball.