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Black Sesame Seeds are tiny but they are packed with nutrients. They are full of powerful anti-aging properties, great for bone and skin health. They contain calcium, magnesium and copper, beneficial for asthma and arthritis. They have even be found to be sources of tryptophan and thiamin, both helpful in dealing with stress and anxiety. Healthful properties aside, these energy balls are seriously scrumptious. They have a very silky, luscious texture. The only equipment you need is a food processor and an inexpensive coffee grinder(I found one for less than 20 dollars) that is not used for grinding coffee beans or other oily aromatic substances like spices. You will find many other uses in your kitchen for an inexpensive coffee grinder so it's an excellent kitchen investment. I find that in winter months the coconut butter is very solid. I break it up right in the jar into large chunks with a dinner/butter knife. I then add those chunks to a liquid measuring cup and press down to get the amount I need. These will store well for a week or two in a sealed container, making them a perfect grab n go breakfast, an after school snack or afternoon pick me up.

Yields9 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time5 minsTotal Time10 mins

 ½ cup Coconut Butterhttps://artisanaorganics.com/collections/pure-raw-nut-butters/products/organic-coconut-butter
 ¼ cup Organic Raw Black Sesame Seedshttps://www.westpointnaturals.com/products/organic-black-sesame-seed/
 6 Medjool Dates, pitted and torn in half
 ¼ cup Plus 1 TBSP Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
 3 tbsp Cacao Powder
 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
 1 ½ tbsp Grape Nectar Sweetener(All-Sass)https://domaine-sante.com/collections/187s/products/all-sass-187-ml-wine-grape-nectar
 ¼ tsp plus 1 small pinch Fine Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

1

Place the coconut butter in a food processor and whir until you have a fine powder. This will allow the butter to meld into the rest of the ingredients.

2

Grind the sesame seeds in an inexpensive coffee grinder. Pulse until you have a fairy fine powder, but not so much that you have a sesame butter(tahini).

3

Add the dates and pulse until the dates are broken down into very small bits. Add the sesame seeds, then add the rest of the ingredients and continue to pulse until you have a soft mixture that you can easily form into balls. Empty contents of the food processor into a larger bowl and then form your energy balls. Place on a wax paper lined plate to firm up a bit in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Ingredients

 ½ cup Coconut Butterhttps://artisanaorganics.com/collections/pure-raw-nut-butters/products/organic-coconut-butter
 ¼ cup Organic Raw Black Sesame Seedshttps://www.westpointnaturals.com/products/organic-black-sesame-seed/
 6 Medjool Dates, pitted and torn in half
 ¼ cup Plus 1 TBSP Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
 3 tbsp Cacao Powder
 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
 1 ½ tbsp Grape Nectar Sweetener(All-Sass)https://domaine-sante.com/collections/187s/products/all-sass-187-ml-wine-grape-nectar
 ¼ tsp plus 1 small pinch Fine Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

Directions

1

Place the coconut butter in a food processor and whir until you have a fine powder. This will allow the butter to meld into the rest of the ingredients.

2

Grind the sesame seeds in an inexpensive coffee grinder. Pulse until you have a fairy fine powder, but not so much that you have a sesame butter(tahini).

3

Add the dates and pulse until the dates are broken down into very small bits. Add the sesame seeds, then add the rest of the ingredients and continue to pulse until you have a soft mixture that you can easily form into balls. Empty contents of the food processor into a larger bowl and then form your energy balls. Place on a wax paper lined plate to firm up a bit in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

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