People often associate protein or energy balls with fitness snacks. Energy balls are actually a wonderfully healthy and delicious sweet treat to have on the go, making them a perfect picnic dessert or snack, especially if you are looking for vegan picnic dessert ideas.
Pack them in your picnic hamper as a snack or as a post picnic sweet treat instead of a complicated dessert. They are perfect with tea or coffee.
These delicious tahini chocolate chip bites are quick and easy to make and can be easily adapted to be vegan and gluten-free. You can also switch out ingredients to suit your taste.
Many don’t realise Tahini is an excellent ingredient for sweet dishes – made with ground sesame seeds; it has all the flavour of nut butters without the worry of nut allergens. It also has a deep nutty flavour that works so well with natural sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup or agave.
The beauty of energy balls is they are so easy to adapt to different variations without too much hassle.
- Don’t like Tahini: Switch tahini for your favourite nut butter.
- Add dried fruits: Don’t like chocolate or want some extra kick? Add dried raisins, chopped dates or prunes for an extra sweet addition.
- Bulk up the Protein & Flavour: Add a few scoops of vanilla or chocolate protein powder for extra flavour and protein. Just keep an eye on the moisture levels of your mix and add more tahini or sweetener to make sure you get the right mix for forming balls. You don’t want too dry or too wet.
- Choose your sweetness: Honey is the best binding sweetener for protein balls but you can also use agave or maple syrup which is perfect for a vegan version.
- Add seeds: If you want some extra texture or nutritional value, feel free to add a sprinkle of seeds such as flax or chia seeds. You could also roll the balls in seeds before letting them set.
- Gluten-Free Options: While essentially quality oats are gluten-free, some people like to avoid them in case of gluten through processing. If you have any concerns, switch oats for quinoa flakes.