Hey Lovelies, this month has been pretty hectic for me as I’m heading to Europe in a few weeks and so have been frantically tying up loose ends and signing off a few of my client’s (who have finished my three-month program). Hopefully, I can head away and relax for the month.
Now the other day I was lucky enough to be sent two of jars of Chantal Organics Black Tahini. You’re probably thinking “I didn’t even know you could get black tahini” and trust me I was thinking the same thing, but it’s true and it’s simply delicious!!
When I first picked up one of the jars, I have to admit that I was a little bit stumped on how to use it. But after doing some Googling, I discovered that black tahini seems to work really well in sweet recipes by balancing them out while also bringing a huge dose of nutrients to the dish.
Since everyone seems to love bliss balls and I’m always getting requests for new recipes, I thought I would have a go with some black tahini and see if I couldn’t whip up a deliciously rich and chocolaty bliss ball, one that’s good for you and still tastes delicious.
I have to say, that I think my first attempt was golden.
These Chocolate Tahini Bites (or bliss balls as many people call them) are divine. They’re sweet, but not too sweet. They’re full of protein from the chocolate protein powder that I use, which make them perfect for a pre or post workout and they’re rich in calcium, thanks to a big dollop of black tahini.
Yes, you heard me correctly, tahini is incredibly rich in calcium, which means that by snacking on these tasty bliss balls you’re not only getting a healthy snack that will keep you full in-between your meals, but one that will help make your bones strong and healthy. This is really important for women, as we have higher calcium needs that men, and it’s also great for any Vegans or Vegos who don’t consume dairy (which is typically the main source of calcium).
The slightly weird thing is that dairy isn’t necessarily the best source of calcium, in fact in some cases it can actually strip calcium from your bones to try and help balance the acidity of the milk.
I know shocking right!!!
So for healthy bones, instead of sipping on milk and eating yogurt, think sesame seeds or tahini in this case, dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds and lots of beans and legumes. These are all great sources of plant-based calcium that will help your body met it’s daily needs and will also keep your body clean, and healthy.
So here we go, my Chocolate Tahini Bites. I really hope you love the recipe as much as I do and that these quick and easy bliss balls become a regular in your home.
Have the best morning lovelies and enjoy x
Chocolate Tahini Bites (makes 12-16)
- 9 medjool dates
- 1/4 cup of Chantal Black Tahini
- 2 tbsp of Chantal rice malt syrup or maple syrup
- ¼ cup of cacao powder
- ¼ tsp of vanilla paste or 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence
- 1 cup of almonds
- ½ tsp of salt
- ½ cup of pumpkin seeds
- crushed pistachios
- desiccated coconut
- black and white sesame seeds
Place all of the ingredients in your food processor and blitz until smooth, creamy and sticky. If it’s not sticky enough to roll, you might need to add 1 tbsp of water at a time until you achieve the desired texture. Roll into balls with your hands and then roll over your desired toppings.
Place in the fridge where they will be good for one week.