Sesame-Date Oatmeal Bites

Oatmeal bites! I have missed you. It’s been too long.


These little snacks are perfect for tahini lovers! The no-bake beauties pack a big smack of tahini flavor, only slightly tempered by the sweetness of the dates and maple syrup. Shout out to all my fellow bitter-loving tahini readers!!

Please excuse the crap-tastic photo quality. I have lost my camera’s battery charger, so I currently have a dead camera and had to use my iPhone instead. It was either that, or no new recipes. 🙁

Not that my photography has ever been particularly good. ?


Please carefully read the recipe notes regarding the consistency of your tahini. More than any other nut butter, tahini can take on drastically different consistencies from the top of the jar to the bottom–even after stirring! As such, you may need to alter the recipe slightly depending on how thick your tahini is that day. ?

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Sesame-Date Oatmeal Bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: makes about 10 1.5" balls

What you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup oats (old-fashioned or quick - I used BetterOats quick oats)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoon cashew pieces (raw recommended)
  • 4 pitted dates, diced into smaller pieces
  • 3 tablespoons water*
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup tahini paste*
  • sesame seeds, for coating

How to make it:

  1. Add ingredients except tahini to a food processor and process in short bursts several times.
  2. Add half the tahini and repeat. (I had better luck when I didn’t add the tahini all at once, but this may differ based on your specific food processor.)
  3. Add the rest of the tahini and repeat, processing in short bursts until mixture is combined and begins forming a sticky ball of "dough."
  4. Roll the balls so they are somewhere between 1-2 inches in diameter. Finish by rolling each ball in sesame seeds.
  5. Store in the fridge. According to the recipe I adapted this from, it should be good for 5-7 days.

Just an FYI:

*Tahini can often be very thin (almost watery) at the top of the jar and extremely thick at the bottom. Try and stir your jar as MUCH as possible and get a thicker consistency of paste for this recipe. If it's still runny, try reducing the amount of water in the recipe.

Adapted from this recipe by Pralines and Greens.

To double this recipe, double each ingredient except the water and maple syrup. Then, use about 4 tbsp water and 4 tbsp maple syrup.


About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

3 Responses to Sesame-Date Oatmeal Bites

  1. Claudia says:

    I’m sorry that you lost your camera charger – I can only imagine how frustrating that must be! And don’t be so hard on yourself about your photography! I love your oatmeal photos, especially the overhead ones ? Also, I love (and are quite jealous of) your white-background photos. Whenever I try to photograph something with a white background, 9.5 times out of 10 it looks gray ?

  2. Whelp, I love tahini, so this is totally for me! Anyways, it sucks that you misplaced your camera charger–I know what it’s like to break too many cameras to count (five is my estimation for the amount that I’ve wrecked). But on the other hand, your photos still look fantastic!

  3. Odelia says:

    Sesame-Date Oatmeal Bites:
    Do you have pictures of the dates used for this recipe? Is this the dried red dates from China or the brown dates from middle east? The taste are totally different. Chinese dates are used for TCM soup, etc. The brown dates are found during Hari Raya Puasa season at supermarket & malay village & bazaar to break the fast leading to Ramadan.

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