Happy New Year my dear readers!
Starting the new year with these lovely Apricot Tahini Blissballs! Just the way we like them - coated with dark chocolate, 'coz whats life without chocolate! 😉
These blissballs are so flavourful, thanks to the sweet tartness of dried apricots , balanced with a deep earthiness of tahini.
I, very recently, discovered a local brand of organic date syrup in an organic food store and haven't stopped using it on everything! It's not overly sweet, but good enough - perfect for my clean eating January intentions! 🙂
Dried apricots are an excellent source of dietary fiber, potassium, iron, carotenoids and other potent antioxidant phytonutrients. A couple of these soaked overnight in water and consumed first thing in the morning along with the water is extremely beneficial for a clean gut.
Tahini is essentially a paste made with sesame seeds and its very rich in vitamins and minerals - calcium in particular. It has 20% complete protein, making it higher protein source than most nuts ( source : MINDBODYGREEN ). Its high in unsaturated fast, which qualifies it as GOOD fat, we all need that!
It gives a rather delicate nutty sesame seed taste and adds richness in both, savory and sweet dishes . It's a great addition to all your hummus and other dips. I used it for a wonderful dressing in my Roasted Sweet Potato & Chickpea Salad . There are a lot of bakers who add it to their baked goodies as well. I'd love to try that sometime too.
- Please taste the mixture once blended to adjust for sweetness. You can start with 1 tablespoon of date syrup instead of 2. You can always add more later.
- If you can't source date syrup, simply use pitted dates, soaked in warm water.
- Tahini is easily available online now and in health food stores.
- All the products I used are locally produced.
I’d love to hear about how these turned out for you. Do leave a comment below and share a picture on INSTAGRAM using the hashtag #tashasartisanfoods !
Apricot Tahini Blissballs
- 1 1/4 cups Rolled oats, lightly roasted and cooled
- 12 Dried apricots, soaked in warm water for 10 -15 minutes
- 2 Tbsp Date syrup
- 1 Tbsp Tahini
- 1 tsp Coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup Toasted white sesame seeds for topping
Chocolate coating ( optional)
- 1/3 cup Dark 75% dairy free, vegan chocolate melted
- Combine all the ingredients - oats, apricots ( without their water), date syrup, tahini and coconut oil in a blender.
- Blend till the mixture comes together like a smooth dough. You may need to add a tsp of water if the mixture is too dry.
- Taste and adjust for sweetness. Cool the mixture for 10-15 minutes. Roll into equal size balls, roll in roasted sesame seeds and enjoy!
For chocolate topping ( optional)
- If you wish to coat these in chocolate, dip each ball in melted chocolate and sprinkle immediately with the roasted sesame seeds. Place on a parchment lined tray and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes until the chocolate is all set.