Updated: Oct 18, 2018
Tahini is a versatile, whole-food ingredient made from sesame seeds and used in salad dressings, dips, sauces and desserts. It's high in protein, fiber and healthy fats. For just two tablespoons there are 8 grams of protein, 4 grams of carbohydrate, 0 sugar and 4 grams of fiber. Since tahini is good source of protein and fiber, it's a great option for those with diabetes to help with blood sugar control.
What about micronutrients? Two tablespoons of tahini also gives you 3 mg iron (15% of the DRI), 45 mg calcium (4% of the DRI) and 128 mg potassium (4% of the DRI). Coming from a tiny seed, it packs a nutrient punch!
These chocolate chip tahini bites are super tasty and make a delicious after dinner treat or breakfast on the run. You could also bring them to work for a snack between lunch and your gym workout or something to hold you over before dinner.
Makes 12-14 bites
1/3 c tahini
3/4 c unsweetened coconut flakes
3/4 c oat or almond flour
1 1/2 Tbsp hemp seeds
1 Tbsp flax meal
2 Tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c dark chocolate chips
cacao nibs for garnish
How to make 1. Place all ingredients except the chocolate chips and cacao nibs in a food processor and blend until creamy.
2. With a spatula, scoop into a medium size bowl.
3. Fold in chocolate chips.
4. With a tablespoon, spoon out mixture into hand and roll into balls.
5. Place bites on small cookie sheet (they can be close since you're not baking them).
6. Add cacao nib garnish on top.
6. Place in fridge for 1-2 hours.
Keep refrigerated since both tahini and coconut are high in fat and can go rancid at room temperature. When you're ready, take them out and eat 'em up!