There are few things that make me feel more empowered than preparing custom snacks for my self and my loved ones. Not only am I averse to the idea of a machine preparing a snack for me, it’s so rare to find a machine-made snack that can even compare to a homemade one—in terms of freshness, flavor combinations, and the kinds of ingredients I want in my body.
There’s no real substitute for a good quality piece of dark chocolate, but because these vegan cocoa sesame bites have cocoa and a spot of honey in them, they satisfy my sweet tooth. They’re pretty much pure protein—so they make a great pre- or post-work out snack. They’re ideal to stock as your emergency food stash if you have a long workshop day, or an event where time for meals is limited.
Vegan Sesame Bites with Cocoa
1 cup or so of raw white sesame seeds
5 tsps of honey
1 pinch of salt
1 tbsp of cocoa powder (your choice)
Grind up the sesame seeds, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides of your grinding apparatus whether it be a grinder, bullet, or food processor. Make sure to grind as fine as you can, with as few seeds as possible left.
Dump the meal out into a bowl that’s big enough to put your hands in.
Add 3 of the 5 tsps of honey, salt, and cocoa.
Mix everything together with your hands to create a dough. Keep kneading until it’s properly smooth and all ingredients are incorporated.
Break off pieces in whatever size you want your bites to be. 1 cup of sesame seeds made about 10 bites, for me. Knead each piece one at a time, rolling it in your palms, until it becomes a smooth marble-like ball.
You’re done. Enjoy.