Simple, sweet and salty! These maple tahini snack balls satisfy all of your cravings and provide a delicious, portable source of energy.
You guys. I have a simple, sweet and salty snack recipe for you today that is DELICIOUS, if I do say so myself. Sometimes I get an idea for a new creation in my head and will not stop thinking about it until I bring it to fruition. These maple tahini snack balls are the perfect example of that.
It all started several weeks back when I took a poll on Instagram. If you follow me over there, you know that I constantly rave about my love for tahini. I was mentioning some different uses for it and then asked if anyone had tried it in a traditionally sweet recipe. Most people responded “no” so I immediately started thinking of a way I could incorporate into a snack. I decided to try to replicate the ever-so-popular oat ball and use the tahini in place of more traditional nut butters.
First, what the heck is tahini?
In case you are way confused, tahini is essentially ground sesame seeds (a sesame seed “butter” if you will) that is popping up in sweet and savory recipes all over the place right now. I am thoroughly obsessed with tahini sauce on noodles, grain bowls, and in homemade salad dressings. And while I’m not really a dessert person, my interest is piqued when someone swirls tahini in brownies.
Nutrition & Flavor
Tahini is a plant-based source of calcium along with magnesium and iron, all of which are hard to come by nutrients (especially for plant-based eaters).
It adds 6 grams of protein and some satiating, heart-healthy fat with each two tablespoon serving as well. So as if there weren’t already enough reasons to try it… nutrition!
Unlike some of the other more popular nut butters on the market, tahini is not typically eaten straight from the spoon because it’s on the bitter side (I warned you). It does however transform into pure gold when mixed with something sweet and spicy – or in the case of these, sweet and salty.
How to Make Maple Tahini Snack Balls:
Here’s the line-up for what you need to make these happen
Old-fashioned rolled oats + quick oats (if you have them)
Ground flaxseed. I love this Manitoba Milling Co brand because it’s smooth, almost like a protein powder instead of gritty like the traditional versions (disclosure: I’m a brand ambassador for MM).
Salt (to really bring out the flavor)
Maple Syrup or other sweetener of choice
Sesame seeds – optional, but a fun added textural component!
With energy ball recipes, a combination of whole rolled oats and some “quick” oats works best, but instead of buying two different kinds, I just give half of them a whirl in my food processor until they look like quick oats. This will make your final product more cohesive, as opposed to crumbly.
Once you are set with your oats, you will simply combine all of the dry ingredients in one bowl, all of the wet ingredients in another bowl, and then mix them up until the result is a nice “dough” of sorts. This step is always a little awkward because you will think it’s impossible to mix together, but use the flat side of a wooden spoon to really work the wet ingredients into the dry. They will come together – trust me!
Let it rest
After mixing, cover the bowl and put it in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to rest. The oats will soak up some more moisture and it will be much easier to handle. Do not (I repeat, do not!) skip this step or your “dough” will be really challenging to work with.
After 20 minutes, portion into one inch balls using a small cookie scoop to make them uniform. This is definitely the most efficient way I have tried and also results in less sticky hands along the way.
An optional but fun step: roll each ball in sesame seeds. I really love the extra crunch/texture and it also looks pretty.
These have a wonderful nutty and complex flavor. As much as I love classic peanut butter, I eat it a lot so these were a nice change and the tahini really comes through.
The recipe scales well too, so feel free to double it like I often do.Print
Maple Tahini Snack Balls
Simple, sweet and salty! These maple tahini snack balls satisfy all of your cravings while providing a portable source of energy.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 10 balls 1x
- Category: Snacks
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup ground flax
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- optional: 3 Tbsp sesame seeds
- Pulse half the oats in a food processor. Add to a bowl with the other half of the oats along with the flaxseed and salt. Mix well.
- In a separate small bowl, combine tahini, vanilla and maple syrup.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 20 minutes.
- Using a small cookie scoop, portion into 1″ balls and roll in sesame seeds.
- Refrigerating the dough is a key step for these to come together so don’t skip it!
- Store in the refrigerator, or they might lose their shape.
Keywords: tahini, oatmeal balls, pre workout snacks, kid friendly snacks
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