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Tahini Balls

I love tahini.  First of all it tastes delicious, but it is also very versatile.

Well known as one of the ingredients in hommus, it can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes, added to sauces and dressings or simply spread on toast (and topped with slices of fresh tomato) for a quick and nutritious breakfast.  Mostly used in Middle Eastern cooking, it is also popular with vegetarians and vegans due to its high nutrient content, which includes iron and calcium as well as Vitamin B1, magnesium, zinc, selenium and fibre.

Tahini is sesame seeds that have been ground into a paste.  I say it is like peanut butter that is made from sesame seeds and find most people who like peanut butter will like tahini or perhaps even prefer it!

My mum first introduced me to the recipe for these balls.  I think she heard it on the radio.  It is from a well known fellow dietitian Karen Inge who originally got the recipe from Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat.  I made a few changes to the original recipe according to what I had on hand and they are so delicious.

These tahini balls are quick to make, no heating or cooking is required and you only need one bowl to mix them in, which means not much mess to clean up after making them!  That’s definitely a plus!!  Enjoy 🙂

Tahini Balls

  • ½ cup tahini (I used hulled tahini)
  • 1/3 cup honey (original recipe had 1/2 cup which I found was too sticky)
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup LSA (a combination of linseed (called flaxseeds in America) sunflower seed and almond which is made into a ground meal; I used just sunflower seeds and linseeds, 1/4 cup of each which I ground in my thermomix)
  • 1 cup Australian dried apricots, cut into pieces (I used mostly dried apricots with a small amount of dried cranberries)
  • ½ cup chopped almonds (I used pistachios)

Mix all ingredients together to make a stiff mixture. Use more coconut if necessary. Mix into small balls and coat with coconut.

Makes 30 x 20g balls

Each ball has 337kJ or 80 calories

2g protein, 6g carbohydrate, 5g fat (0.7g sat fat), 2g fibre

and are very delicious!!

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Figs with Greek Yoghurt & Honey

I love this time of year, not only as the weather is milder, but there is so much wonderful fruit around

One of those wonderful fruit, which has a very short season so you have to grab them quickly, is figs

Figs are high in fibre, which is important for regular bowel function and a good source of potassium which can help normalise blood pressure.  Regardless, they are yummy.  They have a soft, smooth skin, slightly chewy flesh and who can resist those crunchy seeds (those crunchy seeds initially put me off wanting to try them – but that was many many years ago!)

They are delicious on their own, but also team well with both sweet & savoury dishes.  In fact, one of my favorite salads is a simple rocket, fresh fig and goats cheese salad with a balsamic vinegar & olive oil dressing, which teams well with steak, chicken or fish – yum 🙂  

Figs are also fabulous on a cheese platter as they go so well with any cheese, including thinly shaved parmessan and either fresh or baked low fat ricotta.  However, this is one of my absolute favorite ways of eating them, which makes a great snack, that is both quick and delicious and there is no cooking required!!  It is also high in calcium, which is important for everyone for strong healthy bones, low fat and very low GI (and moreish!)

Enjoy 🙂

Fresh Figs with Low fat Greek Yoghurt & Honey

Serves 1 (note – picture shows 2 serves)

Simply grab a fresh fig, take off the very top of the stem and cut it into quarters

Place 3 tablespoons of a delicious low fat Greek style yoghurt (I recommend Jalna or Black Swan) in a bowl

Place figs around edge of yoghurt and drizzle with 1 1/2 teaspoons of a really good honey (we are currently using one from a Farmers Market in Mudgee which is deeelicious!)

This divine snack has a tiny 95 calories and 160mg of calcium

(47mg sodium & 285mg potassium)

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