Tahini and sesame are some of my favorite ingredients to give a recipe an interesting, almost bitter flavor, but I know not everyone loves that. I do hope that with these yummy energy balls I will change your mind though. The very subtle sesame and tahini flavor make these balls more than just sweet little treats.
Sesame is actually a fabulous seed us women should really eat more of. In a world that is so estrogen dominant with pesticides, plastic's BPA, ingredients from our skin care, and other environmental pollutants, we are often completely overdosed on estrogen - the hormone that is responsible for the first half of our cycle, from the first day of menstruation to the day of ovulation (around 14 days, but that really depends on the length of your individual cycle). Estrogen lays down fat on our belly and hips to get us ready for a potential pregnancy. For the second half of the cycle, progesterone should be the dominant hormone. It is responsible for carrying a pregnancy that may have occurred at the time of ovulation. It gives us a glow and works as a natural anti-depressant.
When we have too much estrogen in our body, we don't get the fabulous benefits of progesterone, and we often go into our menstruation with PMS and feeling absolutely crappy.
This is where sesame seeds come in! They have an amazing ability to increase our progesterone levels and help eliminate excess estrogen. It's a double win! Now you see why these sesame balls should definitely be a recipe you try out, and feel free to use sesame seeds sprinkled on salads, soups, and stir fries. And tahini makes a great substitute for other nut butters on toast and in dressings.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Makes 20 balls:
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup Medjool dates (about 8), pitted
1 1/2 Tbsp tahini
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup sesame seeds
Place almonds, dates, tahini, vanilla, and salt in a food processor. Process until a sticky dough has formed.
Take 1 Tbsp of dough at a time, and roll into balls.
Spread the sesame seeds out on a plate, and roll the balls in the sesame seeds.
Keep in fridge for up to 2 weeks.