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I don’t know about you, when I return home following an intense (for me) yoga class or spin class – the kind where your head sweats and you look like a drowned rat when exercise is finished – I am often absolutely famished. It’s hard for me to come back and take the time to make a proper plate of food. So I recently began taking a couple of these little healthful balls with me for a post workout snack.
I know, some of you love Kind Bars or Larabars…but I do not. I’m sick of dates and nuts and peanut butter and all the other “binders.” So yesterday I made it a point to experiment with sesame seed paste, or tehini.
These little balls are simple – it’s just a matter of stirring the ingredients together. I love that I am able to use tehini and my favorite dried cherries! Add in old fashioned raw oats and some ground flaxseed – you could also use whole sesame seeds or ground chia seeds or even hemp seeds if you want to be new age. The point is that now I am invested in packing two of these in my car or bag for those times when I am hungry post workout and wish to put something in my mouth that tastes good and IS good for me.
Oatmeal Tehini Cherry Power Bites
Makes ~ 16-20 balls
- 1 ½ cup dry old fashioned oats
- ¼ cup ground flax seed
- 1 cup dry tart cherries
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- dash of dry nutmeg
- dash of sea salt
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1½ -2 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp oil
- ½ cup tehini (I love Soom Foods tehini)
Add dry oats, flaxseeds, dried cherries and spices to a bowl and mix to distribute evenly.
Mix the the vanilla, honey, and tehini together, combine with the dry ingredients and mix to form a dough that you can smash together to form balls. I usually have to add more tehini to get it to this point.
Form into 1-inch balls, (Pack them tightly so they dot crumble apart) and place on waxed paper inside of a sealed container and refrigerate for up to eight days. Each ball will be two or three bites of goodness!