Just recently I stumbled across an article about the benefits of eating ground sesame seeds. The health benefits of these little seeds are phenomenal. I won’t bore you with all the technical jargon, but here are a few reasons they should be a staple in your everyday diet.
If you are using Tahini, make sure it is unhulled Tahini, that way the nutrients remain intact as the seeds haven’t been stripped. The list of vitamins and antioxidants they contain goes on forever, vitamin B being the main one. Its a great source of calcium for dairy free options and is gluten free, the protein amount is 20% complete, being more than soya beans, sunflower seeds and most nuts. It is high in calories , but because it has a high alkaline content, means the calories are absorbed and digested quicker. You only need 1 tablespoon of this super paste a day for it to make a difference to your overall health and well being!
1/2 cup unhulled tahini
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup shredded coconut
3 tablespoons raw cacao
3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
- Place all ingredients into a high powered processor and blend until the mixture starts to clump together, about 5-10 mins. If its not processed for long enough the oils wont release out of the nuts and the mixture will crumble when trying to roll into balls.
- Roll the mixture into balls and cover with sesame seeds if you wish. Alternatively you can press it into a prepared baking tray and freeze, then later cut into desired size.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
They will last up to a month in the fridge and a couple of months in the freezer.
Unhulled Tahini is very strong, so test the mixture as you go to ensure the balance is right for you.
Makes about 40-50 balls, I like to make them small so I can have a couple a day.