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Healthy snacks are one of my favorite things to eat. I’m one of those folks that eats every three hours and loves snacks. However, store-bought snacks are often high in sugar, fat, salt, or a mix of the three. As a result, I prefer to prepare snacks at home.

These date energy balls (also known as energy bites (also known as YUM IN MY TUM)) are the answer. Also known as the raw, healthful snack made with medjool dates and nut butter. I love energy balls because I can carry them with me wherever and they keep me full until dinnertime.

I used to make one full batch of these chocolate date balls every other day while Alex was on his night shift this summer since he seldom had time to eat. It was an excellent method for him to consume protein and healthy fats while also preventing him from collapsing.

Since Summer ’18, energy balls have been rescuing the physicians who rescue you.

Anywho. My most recent energy ball creation is these Chocolate Tahini Date Energy Balls. They’re prepared with just four ingredients and are sugar-free, both raw and refined. They have the flavor of an extremely fudgy truffle. Served with tahini. It’s Middle Eastern Month, after all!!

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How to make chocolate date balls with tahini

I like to keep things as basic as possible while cooking my own snacks. Because if a healthy snack dish includes a million steps and requires a lot of prep work, I’m unlikely to make it. To create these tahini chocolate date balls, you’ll need to do the following:

Blend all of the ingredients — In a food processor, puree the pitted dates, tahini, cocoa powder, and vanilla until smooth (no pieces of date should remain). To ensure sure everything is integrated, scrape down the sides of the food processor every few seconds.

After the ingredients have been blended, roll the date energy balls into balls. At first, the dough may be crumbly and difficult to roll. If this is the case, crush the date mixture between your hands as much as possible to compress it. You should be able to make 1-inch balls after that.

Roll in shredded coconut – As soon as the date balls are made, roll them in shredded coconut. If you’re hungry, you can eat them straight away!

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Instructions on how to make these date balls

If your food processor is ancient or the blade is little dull, you may need to coarsely chop the dates before pureeing them. This will make combining all of the components much simpler and quicker!

Use the finest ingredients you can find — Because these tahini chocolate date balls are so simple to create and use so few ingredients, it’s critical that you use the best ingredients you can find. These date balls will likely taste harsh if you use the cheapest tahini available at your grocery store. If feasible, you should also use pure vanilla essence.

Use unsweetened coconut – If you’re new to energy balls, you may be skeptical of dates’ ability to sweeten. But believe me when I say that the dates in these date energy balls are sufficiently tasty. These will be excessively sweet if you roll them in sweetened coconut!

If wanted, add protein powder – This recipe doesn’t call for it, but if you want to add a bit extra protein, I’d recommend adding 1/3 cup to the mix.

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How to Keep Date Balls Safe

These tahini chocolate date balls should be kept in the fridge in an airtight container. These energy balls will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and will remain lovely and firm. I wouldn’t put these on your counter since the balls won’t stay their form very well. I’ve never tried freezing them, so I’m not sure how well that would work!

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Friends, let’s get started. I hope this information is useful in getting you through your Friyay. I adore you, and I wish you a wonderful weekend!

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One of my favorite healthy treats is these 4-ingredient Tahini Chocolate Date Balls. They’re also raw, refined sugar-free, and vegan.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup medjool dates, pitted
  • a third of a cup of tahini
  • a quarter cup of high-quality cocoa powder (I recommend Rodelle)
  • 1 teaspoon extract de vanille
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (for rolling)

Instructions

  1. Puree the dates, tahini, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract in a food processor or high-powered blender. Scrape down the sides of the processor a few times to ensure that everything is mixed together!
  2. Take the balls out of the food processor and roll them into 1-inch balls. You may need to crush them a few times in your hands to make them as compact as possible before rolling them between your palms. 
  3. 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, rolled into balls Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container!

Notes

If you want to add a bit extra protein to this dish, I recommend adding 1/3 cup of protein powder.

More healthful snacks may be found at:

Recipe for My Favorite 5-Minute Hummus

Granola Bars with Raw Seeds

Granola Bars with Raw Tahini, Popped Quinoa, and Cacao Nibs

Muffins with blueberries and bran

Muhammara Muhammara Muhammara Muhammar (Roasted Red Pepper & Walnut Dip) 

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