Date and seed boost balls

We made it! I completely forgot how incredibly time consuming and energy sapping moving house can be. Organising, packing and moving all your belongings, then re establishing them somewhere new is big enough. But it’s the uprooting of your families energy and emotional connection that’s the exhausting part. This time last year we moved 1500 miles from England to Gibraltar. This time last week we only moved 5 doors down on the same road, so I’m sure it shouldn’t have been as tiring as has been. That said, we’ve done a great job. We’re settling fast and we are all happy to be here.

So it seems only apt to post a real energy fueller this week. These balls are great pre or post workout or just to get an extra kick through a busy day.

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They feature tahini, which is a wonderful ingredient made from the kernels of crushed sesame seeds. It is made up of 20% complete protein, which is more than most nuts. There are all sorts of reasons why you should get some tahini in your diet:

  • It is rich in minerals such as phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium and iron.
  • It is a good source of Methionine, which aids in liver detoxification.
  • It is one of the best sources of calcium you can find.
  • It is high in vitamin E and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15.
  • It is packed with Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which have been shown to improve the health of the brain and support healthy development of nervous tissues. They also optimize cognitive functions and emotional health.
  • Tahini is easy for your body to digest because of its high alkaline mineral content, which is great for assisting in weight loss.
  • It is also high in unsaturated fat (the ‘good’ fat).

These balls deliver deliver a great balance of savoury and sweet. They’re moist yet also have a little crunch from the seedy ingredients.

To make around 12 balls you will need:

  • 60g oats
  • 30g sesame seeds
  • 30g shredded or flaked coconut
  • 30g brazil nuts
  • 30g raisins
  • 60g dried pitted dates
  • 30g almonds
  • 30g raw pumpkin seeds
  • 10g chia seeds
  • 70 – 80z tahini
  • 30 – 40z honey
  • A generous squeeze of lime

To make:

  1. Blitz up all the fruit and nuts till fairly fine. A few chunkier pieces is ok for texture. It’s sometimes a good idea to do all the nuts and seeds and then all the fruits, before mixing together in a large bowl.
  2. Squeeze in the lime.
  3. Then mix in your tahini and honey with your hands or a spatula. Add the lower end of the measures first and check the consistency. The mixture should be dense enough to make balls but not wet. Use a little more of the tahini/honey to add more moisture if needed or more chia seeds if a little too moist.
  4. Once rolled into balls place in a tray in the fridge for an hour before eating. Keep these in the fridge in an airtight jar.

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I have an open jar of tahini now so sense some more tahini recipes coming!

Enjoy x

6 thoughts on “Date and seed boost balls

  1. Laura Kate May 26, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    It’s a pleasure. Just about to take a peek at this weeks line up. Love it x

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  2. Amy June 2, 2015 / 11:44 pm

    Mmm these sound perfect! I’m glad to hear that they fuelled you through moving, it is our turn very soon so these will be on the menu!

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  3. coffeeandwoodsmoke June 3, 2015 / 1:33 am

    These look delicious! I love the addition of tahini. Can’t wait to try the recipe.

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  4. Laura Kate June 3, 2015 / 1:23 pm

    Thanks very much, let me know how you get on. They’re really delicious and because the tahini gives that little extra protein, they’re good after exercise too.

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