Healthy Snacks

sesame energy balls

use black cocoa and black sesame paste ::::

I’ve used black sesame paste and black cocoa (pitch black!) for these snacks. Looks like asphalt!

Go to and search for the “energy bites” link for Kayli’s original recipe.

sesame energy balls
Recipe type: snack
Prep time: 
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Serves: 50-60
  • ½ cup pitted medjool dates, packed
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed
  • ¾ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder (I use black cocoa powder)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ cup tahini or black sesame paste - Make sure to use some of the separated oil on top, otherwise the paste will be too dry. I like to keep the paste out at room temp for an hour or so before using.
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips (optional - I never put these in, but the snacks are more crumbly without them)
  1. Soak the dates in water for 30 minutes or up to overnight in the fridge. Make sure they're very well hydrated before using. These dates help the "dough" stick together.
  2. In a food processor, combine ground flaxseed, oats, coconut, coconut, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. Pulse until the coconut and oats are broken into small pieces. Transfer to a separate bowl and set aside.
  3. Drain dates and add to the food processor with the tahini/sesame paste. Blend until the mixture forms into a well-incorporated paste.
  4. Add the dry mixture back into the food processor with the paste. Add sesame oil. Blend until fully incorporated. If using black cocoa and black sesame paste, this will look like tarmac. The mixture should easily stick together when you squeeze it between your fingers into bite-sized balls. (They are easier to eat if not bitten into, to avoid the crumbles that happen.) Add chocolate chips if using, and pulse a few times to incorporate.
  5. Roll about 2 teaspoons together firmly, using your fingers to squish the crumbly bits into the ball. Put into a baking tray when all balls are rolled, and allow to sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. I transfer to a tightly-sealed glass container and keep in the fridge for about week.
  6. These can also be frozen for an extended period of time.
  7. Note: If using the black sesame paste, the flavor will be slightly more bitter.



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