Chocolate Tahini Oat Bites
Ever since Taylor traded his farmers hat in for a ski helmet I’ve made it a priority to whip up energy bars/bites weekly so he has something quick and nutritious to munch on at the mountain. I’ve made over a dozen different types of bars since December and he’s been vocal about which ones he’s loved versus the so-so ones. He really loved my bourbon truffles (those are more of a dessert and not really qualified as an energy bite) but he hasn’t been that fond of bars that don’t contain oats or another hearty grain in them. He needs something with a little more umph and these chocolate tahini oat bites fit the bill.
These little guys are packed with flavor and will satisfy your sweet tooth while providing enough energy to get you through an afternoon of work/chores. I’m excited that these have entered the picture because I know I’ll be whipping them up often during the farm season as quick fuel for us while we’re out in the fields.
These tiny delights are full of my favorite things all rolled up into a little ball. Dates, tahini, chocolate, oats and spices. To me, they are perfect. When paired with a mexican hot chocolate I’m in heaven.
I hope you all enjoy these little energy bites as much as Taylor and me. If you make them leave a comment or take a photo and tag #dishingupthedirt on instagram. Happy snacking!
chocolate tahini oat bites
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 0 minutes Serves: 12-15 balls
- 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted (if they aren't super soft pour a little boiling water over them to soften them up)
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 3 Tablespoons raw cocao powder
- 1 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats (GF if necessary)
- Sesame seeds for rolling (optional)
- Place all the ingredients minus the oats in a bowl of a food processor and process until a dough ball forms. Taste test and adjust seasonings if need be.
- Transfer mixture to a large bowl and add half of the rolled oats. Mix well with a wooden spoon or your hands. The mixture will be very sticky but that's okay! Add the remaining oats and mix until well combined.
- Roll into small uniform balls. As an option roll some of the balls into sesame seeds for a little added flavor and crunch.
- Store bites in the refrigerator or freeze and thaw for a few minutes before enjoying
Notes*Use this recipe as a guide. *Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary. *Taste test as you go.