My new no-bake sesame seed balls have a delicious crunch. These gently spiced energy balls are the perfect snack when you're on the go. My recipe has no added sugar as it uses the natural sweetness of dates, a hint of cinnamon and ginger spice, three types of seeds and a little tahini to bring them together; or swap this out for your favourite nut or seed paste.

An easy no-bake energy ball healthy snack perfect for a summer snack.

Takes = 10 minutes + chill time
Makes = 20-25 small balls

Ingredients

  • Soft dates, no seed, chopped, soaked in hot water for 1-2 hours (depending on how hard they are) – 225g, 18 small, 10 large (about 1 cup packed)
  • Hot water, boiled – 1/2 cup
  • Sesame seeds toasted – 80g, 1/2 cup
  • Chia seeds – 3 tbs
  • Sunflower seeds toasted, or buckwheat groats – 80g, 1/2 cup
  • Ground cinnamon – 1 teaspoon
  • Ground ginger – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon
  • Tahini, or any nut or seed butter – 2-3 tablespoons
  • Add a little grated fresh ginger if you like


Method

  1. Soak your dates in a small amount of boiling water for at least 2 hours. Then drain the water and chop them into small pieces.  Toast all the seeds for a few minutes in a frypan or roast in the oven. Cool slightly.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a food processor for a few minutes or by hand. Remove mixture and place in a bowl and chill for 30 mins before rolling.
  3. Scoop out a teaspoon of the mixture and roll it into a ball. Store overnight before eating. Keep in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 7 days, or in the freezer for 2 to 3 months.