How To: Snack Healthy – No-Bake Tahini Oat and Cinnamon Balls

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Erin and I were talking about our blog recipes over a recent dinner. It seems we each have a style.

Most of our soup recipes were developed by Erin.  Have you tried our chicken soup? Or the hot and sour soup? Just two of our SOUP-er bowls (I apologize – that’s the last time I use that joke, pinky swear). With this weekend’s recent snowmageddon, I have craved a bowl of soup or two, but for your everyday soup needs, Erin is your gal.

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Now our breakfast and snack recipes on the other hand, those were mostly conceived by mois. It may have something to do with the fact that I have a daughter who the second she gets into the car after school pronounces “snack and water please.” With this statement in mind, I have tried to come up with several easy and healthy snack recipes I can keep on hand to help quench her after school hunger (and mine!) and help prevent both of us from getting “hangry.” Because no one wants to see that.

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These no-bake bites are similar to our most popular recipe, the no-bake peanut butter oatmeal ball. In this version, I’ve swapped the honey for maple syrup, the peanut butter for tahini, and added a healthy dose of cinnamon. I wanted to try to create something that was nut-free so you could feel good about tucking it into your kids lunch boxes for their afternoon snack as well.

I am also having a moment with tahini – I want to put it on everything, and in fact, I do! This sesame seed butter is delicious in salad dressings, spread on toast, and even drizzled on your morning bowl of oatmeal. If you don’t have tahini on hand and still want to keep these balls nut-free, sunflower butter would make a great substitution.

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As I am typing this I have just downed two balls, and am thinking of going for my third. I encourage you to do the same.

Dara

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No Bake Tahini Cinnamon Oat Balls

Serves 12 balls
Dietary Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Snack

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 Tsp salt
  • 1/4 Cup plus 1 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 Cup plus 1tbsp ground flax seed

Note

These one-bowl, no-bake snack balls come together in less than 10 minutes. If you wanted to jazz them up, add in a handful of chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries, or chopped nuts.

Directions

1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.
2. Place in the fridge to firm up for about 10 minutes. Roll into golf ball sized balls and store in the fridge.

How To: Snack Healthy – Tahini, Oatmeal, and Date Cookies

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What do you do when it’s pouring rain outside and you are trying to entertain an almost 2 year old extremely busy toddler in a two bedroom apartment?

You bake cookies.

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I have never seen such concentration scooping oats into a bowl and mixing them about. I guess the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree. So that’s one good thing about a rainy weekend – you get cookies out of it.

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These cookies have a unique sesame flavour from the tahini and get most of their sweetness from the mashed dates. While you could surely substitute peanut butter for the tahini, I urge you not too. The taste is just not the same. However, peanut butter should most definitely be used in these delicious cookies  so have no fear peanut butter lovers.

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IMG_6254While these definitely classify as cookies, they also classify as healthy. So eat them for breakfast, grab a few for a snack, or top your ice cream with some leftover crumbles.

You know, it’s probably best you make a double batch, seeing as we are now eating them at all hours of the day.

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If the weather network is right (and let’s hope they aren’t), we may be in for a rainy day or two in the next week. So fair warning, stock up on cookie ingredients ASAP!

Dara

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Tahini, Oatmeal, and Date Cookies

Serves 10
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Freezable
Website Adapted from Tasty Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 Tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp raisins
  • 2 Tbsp chopped almonds
  • 3 pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup

Note

These cookies are great for an afternoon snack or an evening treat. Feel free to substitute chocolate chips or dried cranberries for the raisins and walnuts for the almonds.

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds, raisins, and cinnamon.
3. In a small bowl microwave dates for 20 seconds. Mash with the back of a fork and then add the tahini, maple syrup, and honey. Stir to combine.
4. Add the tahini mixture to the oats and stir well until thoroughly combined. Roll out small balls of dough and place on baking sheet. Press down to flatten with your fingers.
5. Bake for about 15 minutes until golden brown. Set aside to cool and enjoy!

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