I've officially found my newest flavor combination obsession: Chocolate and Tahini.
I've seen this combination floating around the web for a few weeks, but never got around to experimenting with it until this past month. We almost always have energy bites in our fridge for quick grab-and-go snacks throughout the day and for portable energy boosts during our Chinese lessons, but I usually make them with natural peanut butter or my Homemade Vanilla Cashew Butter. You might find this hard to believe, but I've had the hardest time finding "normal" peanuts to make homemade peanut butter. Nuts are abundant here, and I can easily find un-shelled peanuts on every street I walk down, but both times that I've bought them they've tasted odd and don't have the same peanut flavor that I'm used to. Who knew there were so many kinds of peanuts?!
Well, long story short, since we didn't have our normal nut-butters in the fridge, but happened to have some homemade tahini available, I decided to finally give the chocolate-tahini combo and try.
Now I can honestly say it's going to make energy bites any other way.
I ended up naming these energy bites Chocolate Tahini Brownie Bites, because of how much they remind me of dessert. They're chewy, chocolatey, and have the perfect sweet and salty balance that makes eating just one pretty hard. Brett and I went on a short weekend trip to a bigger city two weekends ago, and I whipped these up the night before we left. These Chocolate Tahini Brownie Bites made the 16 hours of bus riding so much more enjoyable. Another great thing about these Chocolate Tahini Brownie Bites is that they are healthy enough for anytime of day!
Yay for eating plants!
Have you ever eaten chocolate and tahini together? Either way, I hope you give these quick and simple Chocolate Tahini Brownie Bites as try! If you make them let me know what you think. Take a picture too and include the hashtag #theconscientiouseater so that I can see your creation!
- 1 ½ cup quick oats
- 3 tablespoons cacao powder
- ½ cup ground flax seed
- ⅓ cup cacao nibs*
- ½ cup tahini
- ½ cup liquid sweetener (brown rice syrup, agave, honey if not vegan, etc.)
- In a large bowl mix together the oats, cacao powder, ground flax seed and cacao nibs.
- Add in the tahini and sweetener and mix until combined.
- Using slightly damp hands if necessary, roll the chocolate tahini dough into large bite sized balls, about 1.5 - 2 tablespoons worth of dough.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
*You can sub the cacao nibs for mini dairy-free chocolate chips.