Tahini Oatmeal Cookie Balls

Tahini Oatmeal Cookie Balls

Tahini Oatmeal Cookie Balls

Sometimes all we need at 3pm or for a pre workout snack is a quick boost of energy, void of excessive amounts of sugar. That’s where energy balls come into play. They are essentially a concentrated ball of energy-packed nutrients, made into a naturally sweetened, bite-size ball. And they’re extremely easy to make. You just mix up the ingredients, roll them into balls and freeze for 30 minutes to set. My go to energy ball is definitely my cookie dough ball recipe but I have started to branch out to other flavours. I love bringing 2 balls with me for a mid afternoon snack when I am on the go. 

BP_TahiniBalls_2015The star ingredient in these energy balls is definitely the sesame seeds and the tahini. Tahini is a paste that is made of ground unhulled sesame seeds often found in hummus and halvah. Not only are sesame seeds an excellent source of copper and a very good source of manganese, but they are also a great source of calcium, and dietary fiber. In addition to these important nutrients, sesame seeds offer numerous other nutritional benefits.

  • Copper provides relief for rheumatoid arthritis
  • Magnesium supports vascular and respiratory health
  • Calcium helps
    • Protect colon cells from cancer-causing chemicals
    • Prevent the bone loss that can occur as a result of menopause or certain conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
    • Prevent migraine headaches in those who suffer from them
    • Reduce PMS symptoms during the luteal phase (the second half) of the menstrual cycle
  • Polysterols lower cholesterol

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp. melted coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp. tahini
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • a touch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • black and white sesame seeds for garnish

How to Make:

  • Blend the oats in a blender or food processor
  • Melt the coconut oil
  • Mix the dry ingredients together
  • Mix the wet ingredients together
  • Mix the dry ingredients with the wet and add in the chocolate chips if adding
  • Roll into small one-inch balls
  • To garnish with sesame seeds, add them to a plate and roll the balls in the sesame seeds
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge (they’ll keep for about 5 days), and grab one when you need a boost of energy!
  • Makes about 15 balls depending on how large you make them

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