Raspberry tahini chickpea balls! If you’re looking for a healthy snack for plant-based kids, this one fits the bill. A variation on our PBJ balls, these are an easy vegan snack.
If you’re looking for a new healthy snack to make with your kiddos, these Raspberry Tahini Chickpea balls are a great one to add to the list.
Rich in flavor and texture, these are a variation of our original PBJ balls with a raspberry tahini twist.
Plus, they’re packed with nutrients to make a healthy and satiating travel or lunch-box snack.
A PB3 Plate Perfect Match
If you’re not yet familiar with the PB3 Plate, it’s our model for how to create a nutrient-dense and balanced plant-based meal (or snack) for kids.
The PB3 Plate makes sure to include one-third of each of the following:
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Legumes, Nuts and Seeds
- Grains and Starches
In addition to these three main components, we love to see other specific nutrients: iron, calcium, omega-3s, and vitamin C (for iron absorption).
When you’re making a PB3 Plate meal, this would also incorporate a glass of fortified soy milk and any supplements on the side your child takes, like vitamin B12.
How does this apply to snacks like these Raspberry Tahini Chickpea balls?
You can incorporate ingredients that emulate the points above in homemade recipes!
For example, Raspberry Tahini Chickpea balls include:
- Protein from chickpeas and tahini
- Fat from tahini
- Vitamin C from raspberries
- Calcium from dates and chickpeas
- Iron from chickpeas
- Fiber from rolled oats, chickpeas, and raspberries
We love rotating in snacks like this for our kids because they have so much to offer nutritionally, even if your babe just eats one.
How To Make Them
To make these delectable little no-bake bites, all you need is a food processor and a fridge.
In your food processor, start by grinding your rolled oats into a flour.
To your oat flour, add a can of drained and rinsed chickpeas, pitted dates, tahini, vanilla, and salt.
You’ll process these ingredients together until a sticky dough ball forms.
Using a spatula, carefully break up the stick dough into pieces and add your raspberries.
Pulse your new raspberry mixture until they’re well incorporated.
Remove your dough with a spatula. Using your hands, form the dough into individual 1-inch balls.
Place your dough balls onto a baking sheet or plate and store in the fridge. Alternatively, place them in an air-tight bag or container and store any uneaten ones in the freezer for later.
Find the full printable recipe here.
Raspberry Tahini Chickpea Balls
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 8 dates pitted
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 1 tsp vanilla
- pinch salt
- 1 cup dried or freeze-dried raspberries
- Using a food processor, grind oats into a flour.
- Add chickpeas, dates, tahini, vanilla and salt and process until a sticky dough ball forms.
- Break up the dough, add raspberries and pulse until incorporated.
- Roll into one inch balls. Store in fridge or freezer.
That’s it! Raspberry tahini chickpea balls are super easy to make and won’t last long before being gobbled up. These are a great healthy snack for plant-based kids and anyone looking or an easy vegan snack.
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Sadly I only had frozen raspberries and as expected it made the dough too wet. I added some almond flour which helped but hope to try it again with dried as listed. Still tasty!
These are delicious! Perfect amount of sweet. My whole family loves them. Thank you!