These sesame date bites make a great gluten-free snack that you can make ahead in a mini food processor.
I made these sesame date bites because I needed something that I could have in the fridge to give me a boost in the morning. They are quick to make and easy to eat, especially on mornings when I am grumpy and would rather wallow lazily than tackle my to-do list.
The recipe actually makes 7 (1 for every morning of the week), and it all fits into a mini food processor so no need to haul out the big appliances. I tested this recipe with both regular, pitted dry dates (the inexpensive kind) and the plump Medjool dates (which are pricey), but this recipe works best with the Medjool dates.
The grocery store pitted dry dates are too dry to process as is, without some swearing and elbow grease, and you risk burning the motor of your food processor if you don't plump them in warm water first. I have no time for plumping dates right now, and I wanted a quick recipe, so the Medjool dates are worth the extra expense. If you aren't into date bites, there's always my all-time favourite treat, date squares or All Bran muffins (yum!), or for something savoury, try this savoury date chorizo loaf cake recipe!
Sesame date bites
- 8 (8 ) Medjool dates pitted
- 50 grams (¼ cups) tahina sesame paste
- 10 grams (¼ cups) puffed quinoa
- 100 grams (⅔ cups) sesame seeds lightly toasted
- In the bowl of a mini food processor (I like this Kitchen Aid model on Amazon), purée the dates with the tahina until it is smooth.
- Transfer the paste to a bowl and work in the puffed quinoa with your hands.
- Divide into 7 truffles and roll in the sesame seeds (you will most probably have leftover sesame seeds).
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge.