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 !