PUMPKIN TAHINI ENERGY BALLS

Fall is here and everything is pumpkin flavored! And with it being Halloween in just a few days, these simple treats hit the spot when you are looking for something on the sweeter side that is still healthy.

Every year we have a Halloween themed fitness class and this year I whipped up a batch of these to share with the class. They don’t replace a peanut butter cup, but are still damn delicious! They are crack as one client called them.

Tahini is a pasted that is made up of ground sesame seeds. It’s one of those ingredients where you may buy it to make a certain recipe, and then you wonder the heck you will do with the rest of it. Similar to a nut butter, it’s a bit drippier and has a slightly stronger flavor. Tahini is loaded with nutrition including rich in B vitamins and the minerals calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and iron.

Tahini is also rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids which boost brain and heart health, as well as antioxidants, to protect your cells and support immune function.

Because tahini is made from sesame seeds, many people with nut allergies can safely consume tahini, however, some people with peanut allergies may also be allergic. Always proceed with caution when trying new foods.

This recipe is so simple and only has a few ingredients. You can easily swap out the tahini for any natural nut butter of your choice to suit your taste, however, I have not tested this so experiment at your own risk! 😉

Pumpkin Tahini Energy Balls serves 12-15

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 T melted coconut oil
  • 1 /2 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 3 T maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds

Directions:

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the coconut flour, coconut oil and
pureed pumpkin.

Mix thoroughly. Add tahini, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Continue to mix until well combined.

The mixture should be very doughy and stiff. Sort of like Play-Do. Roll dough into small balls. Pour sesame seeds onto a small plate and roll each ball in the seeds to coat.

Cover and store in the fridge up to 5 days, or the freezer for a month.

Tips:

Wear surgical gloves to protect your hands. The dough is quite sticky and it will make a mess.

Roll in coconut, or crushed nuts or seeds to match your nut or seed butter of choice.

This recipe easily doubles and is portable

Enjoy!

 

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