Weekend recipe: Gwinganna tahini balls

At dinner on the first night of my recent stay at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat we’d already feasted on some beautiful tastes of the organic cuisine we would come to expect more of during our stay.

Some of us may have wondered out loud as to whether there would be dessert. After all they’d served us one glass of wine.

The program manager for the weekend, Kay, who was seated next to me, confirmed that we would and that it would be something starting with T.

Aimee, on the other side of Kay, immediately offered “Tiramisu”. Sarah, across the table, suggested “Tim Tams”. Those who had visited Gwinganna before knew this was not going to happen but they had a pretty good idea that it would involve the signature Yolande’s Tahini Balls, that have been served up to guests since the beginning.

They are so popular that boxes of them are for sale on the final day of each retreat … and if you don’t get in quick they are gone.

I missed out but did dust off my Gwinganna cookbook and made a batch my first weekend home. They didn’t last long here either.

They’re packed with goodness and a good amount of protein to offer a more healthy sweet snack alternative. They’re not sugar free – the recipe includes honey – but I may try with rice malt syrup next time to see if it works as well.

I’m sharing the recipe with you here but if you’re keen to delve a bit more into the recipes from Gwinganna, the cookbook is now for sale online in e-book form. You can buy and download here – or buy the physical book. I highly recommend the book if good health is on your agenda for spring.

Gwinganna tahini balls | Gwinganna lifestyle retreat

Gwinganna tahini balls
 
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These are great to make up and store in the fridge as a healthy alternative to sugary afternoon tea snacks.
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Recipe type: healthy snack
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • ½ cup hulled tahini
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup LSA (ground linseed, sunflower seeds and almonds)
  • 1 cup dried fruit (your choice of apricots, figs, sultanas)
  • ¼ raw almonds soaked and chopped
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl to a firm consistency.
  2. Roll into walnut size balls and toss lightly in coconut.
Notes
This recipe appears in Gwinganna ... from garden to gourmet. Available here.

Do you make any other kind of healthy snacks like this? I also make these chocolate ones I featured here.

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  • Julie

    Yum – just need to get a jar of tahini and I’m ready to give these a try – thanks Nikki – we’ve been eating a bit much dark chocolate in the evenings and these sound much healthier! xx

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      So easy to do … I do make my own “healthy” dark chocolate but I think these offer more nutritionally!

      • Julie

        Made these today Nikki and they taste great! Just the one satisfied my sweet tooth after dinner, so I’m really happy about that!! Thanks for the recipe xx

        • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

          Oh that’s brilliant to hear!

  • Nic

    Yum!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Indeed!

  • Dana

    Oh I love Kay! she’s such a wonderful lady. am goign to make those now but with no chopped fruit but pepita’s instead!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      She is such a wonderful lady! And great idea re the pepitas!

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Yum, I must make some of theses. I do make a dried fruit and seed mixture and roll them in balls I call them truffles but they are healthy and use organic honey to bind them together.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Sounds lovely!

  • Emilia Rossi

    This looks yummy, maybe I should try these protein packed treats and replace my traditional brazilian light condensed milk treats with them :).

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Those treats do sound yummy though!