Do you have a chocolate addiction?
I DO! I DO! I DO! I grew up loving savory food but in my late teens, my sweet tooth emerged and it hasn’t gone away since. I love finding nutrient dense ways to get my chocolate fix! And let’s be honest…tahini is life. I don’t know any plant eaters that aren’t obsessed with it! For those of you that don’t know, tahini is a paste made from roasted and pressed sesame seeds. For this recipe, I was given the opportunity to use Soom Foods Chocolate Sesame Spread.
Are you super busy and stressed?
We all know that a satisfying, chocolate treat is just what you need when you’re up to your neck with school work or overwhelmed with a busy schedule. No need to reach for a super-processed chocolate treat when you have these babies around! These are packed with nutrients AND satisfying. I definitely intend on keeping these energy balls around when the semester starts… because nothing helps ease the pain of an impossible exam like chocolate!
I definitely intend on keeping these energy balls around when the semester starts… because nothing helps ease the pain of an impossible exam like chocolate! I can see it now…my organic chemistry professor throwing confusing words at me while I reach into my school bag for a little bite of comfort.
2 tbsp (32g) of tahini:
17.2g fat (6.5g monounsaturated, 7.5g polyunsaturated, 0.1g omega 3, 7.4g omega 6, 2.4g saturated fat)
6.8g carbohydrates (3.0g fiber, 1.9g starch, 0.6g sugar)
Thiamin (B1) 35%
Riboflavin (B2) 14%
Niacin (B3) 12%
I decided to only list the micronutrients that tahini is a good source of (10-19% of DV) or excellent source of (20%+ of DV) just to emphasize how nutrient dense tahini is!
Check out my post on why I use whole fats like tahini instead of refined fats like oil! Another great thing about Soom Foods is that their tahini is oil-free, because the only ingredient is sesame seeds.
- 1 cup (185g) pitted dates
- ¼ cup (64g) chocolate tahini spread (Soom Foods is my favorite!)
- ⅔ cup (90g) gluten free, old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 tbsp (20g) hemp seeds, divided
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract (optional)
- Pulse dates in a food processor until they form a paste. You'll know a paste has formed once the dates start to form a ball.
- Pour your oats onto a baking sheet. Broil for 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown.** Short on time? No need to toast them, but toasted oats provide extra flavor!
- Add oats, 1 tbsp hemp seeds, vanilla extract and chocolate tahini spread to the food processor and pulse until combined.
- Roll mixture into 1-inch balls using your hands and a cookie scoop or a tablespoon. Roll each ball in more hemp seeds.
- Enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to one week or the freezer for longer.
**If you don't have a broiler, you can toast the oats in the oven at 400 F for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown.