Apricot Sesame Bites w/ Chocolate & Sea Salt

July 23, 2016

Apricot Sesame Bites w/ Chocolate & Sea Salt By Faring Well

I was scrolling through my recipes, searching for a handful to recommend to a reader who had reached out in need of tips for quick meals. The ones you can throw together on a whim when you get home from a nine hour work day. She specifically needed ones that were decently weighted with protein, being an avid worker-outer, and looking for something to vary the seemingly common meals based around hummus or nut butter.

I scrolled, and scrolled. I passed through breakfasts using tasty chia seeds and oats, but using weird ingredients the typical pantry doesn’t possess. I jumped passed the snacks where there were granola bars and bites with ingredients’ lists longer than my typical weeknight dinners. Then I got to the dinners. There were a few simple ones lacking adequate protein, then a few protein packed ones lacking simplicity.

Hardly able to believe my revelation, I sent her links to a handful of other bloggers I knew who have mastered the art of healthy and quick plant based meals. I thought I was that person too, but have found I am seriously lacking in this department. I hope to focus on incorporating more everyday recipes on the blog here soon, in between the unique developments I can’t help but want to share. Is there something you’d like to see? A hole you’ve been staring through in this space, waiting for it to be filled? Faring Well is as much yours as it is mine, and I genuinely take your comments into consideration when approaching recipe development for you here. This is an open invitation to drop me a note whenever. I hope to hear from you, and to continue filling your tables with meals you love.

These bites were a fresh discovery I am flipping for lately. Scott loves them too, and we have devoured three batches in one week! I made them on my Nom show recently, and knew I had to share them with you here too. The flavors are unreal. The balance of salty, sweet, and a little bitter (from the sesame) is all too tantalizing for our taste buds. I hope you make and love this freezer snack too – and don’t skimp on the chocolate dip with flaked salt, its so necessary. Happy weekend you wonderful people, you. – xo


// LINKS

If I could have some lovely people from the blogosphere cook for me this weekend I would choose Amy’s matcha mornings chia breakfast, Sara’s cantaloupe and mint yogurt pops, and a little something the Pinterest fairy led me to – a teriyaki sushi burrito – HELLO.

I loved this post on Camille Style‘s site about eating more slowly. Hearing how other’s deal with the “speed eating” tendencies most of us have, and the lack of satisfaction from our food because of it – I’m inspired to slow down and be a little more intentional with my bites.

Something we eat on the regular here could be coined as “salad jars” but I like to call them “meal jars”. Everything you need in a jar, ready for a fork and your mouth. Kate has wonderful tips for building these here, the possibilities really are endless!

Having lived in Phoenix for twelve years I do consider myself a desert gal at times, and cant help but want to pick up things like this. (I’m very sad this shirt is sold out.) (I think I have a t-shirt problem.)

This kind of blew my mind.

Now for the tunes: I woke up singing Guernica this morning, so lets spin some Brand New today ;).


// RECIPE

bites
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raw, un-hulled brown sesame seeds
1/2 cup raw (or sprouted) almonds
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins (unsweetened & sulfur free)
about 15 whole, dried apricots (unsweetened & sulfur free)
1 tablespoon pure sesame paste (tahini)
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (I used Grade A)

chocolate dipping sauce
3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (I used Grade A)

To top: flaked sea salt

Add the seeds, almonds, and cinnamon to the bowl of a food processor and process until ground into a coarse, sand-like consistency. Add the raisins, apricots, and tahini. Process again for about 30 seconds, making sure the fruit it broken up and distributed well. Add the maple syrup and process once more, until swirling around the bowl in a sticky ball.

Using a cookie/ice cream scoop, drop balls of the sticky dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Place into the freezer and let chill for at least 10 minutes.

Whisk the chocolate sauce ingredients together vigorously in a small bowl until shiny. Dip each ball into the sauce halfway and place back on the parchment sheet. Sprinkle with a few flakes of sea salt and place back in the freezer to harden. Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the freezer for up to month. Let thaw for a minute or two in a bowl before serving.


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Apricot Sesame Bites w/ Chocolate & Sea Salt By Faring Well

  • Jess @ Nourished by Nutrition July 23, 2016 at 4:17 am

    I loved waking up to this in my inbox and LOVE the addition of the nutrient fact with each recipe. Apricots definitely don’t get enough love in my opinion, so I’m happy to see them in this recipe. It sounds like the perfect balance of sweet, savory and salty. Keep sharing your creativity and realness. It’s such a joy to follow. Hugs, Jess

    • Faring Well July 25, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      Aw Jess! You are the sweetest! Making my day, girl. Thank you. And I agree, they are probably the least loved of the stone fruit I think (if they are a stone fruit? Need to look that up.) And thank you for the encouragement too, you are a gem. Have a gorgeous week now! xx

  • Laurina Roo @sweetenedbyplants July 23, 2016 at 8:21 am

    These are gorgeous dipped in chocolate! You and Scott sound like what my partner and I are like when we find a ‘good thing!’ Definitely a few batches needed!! :)

    And thank you so much for the link love Jessie! Totally appreciate it. x

    • Faring Well July 25, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      Right! You know its good when one batch isn’t enough ;). And you are so welcome sweet Laurina!

  • Brooke @ Chocolate + Marrow July 23, 2016 at 9:38 am

    These bites are as beautiful to look at as I’m sure they are delicious, Jessie! And I love your openness here regarding the blog recipes. I think I’m in the same camp as the reader who wrote to you–I work out every single day, love to get a good sweat on, lift weights, get my heart rate up, etc but it means I need to be aware of my protein intake throughout the day, especially post-workout, so my muscles can recover. So, all that said, any kind of plant-based high protein meal ideas would be helpful for me! Lay your plant-based brilliance upon me, please! Oh, and happy weekend ;) <3

    • Faring Well July 25, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      Brooke, thank you for this! I mega appreciate you letting me know what you’d like to see – really means a ton. I’d love to do so. And happy weekend to you too friend! About to pop over and take a peak at your new flavor-bomb toasts, you are so talented girl! xx

  • valentina | sweet kabocha July 23, 2016 at 11:02 am

    That blew my mind too!
    Btw, I love these bites, so healthy, but yet so delicious – perfect for the picky eaters – thanks to the chocolate :D

    • Faring Well July 25, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      Thank you sweet Valentina! And I agree, chocolate always wins ;)

  • Pia July 23, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Honestly, seeing as I stick to “my” foods day in and day out anyway, I am more than satisfied with what you post. Now, go ahead and judge me, or call me weird (I am) all you want, but I really just find it entertaining and inspirational to follow blogs like yours, even if I don’t actually make any of the recipes.
    Also, do you even realize how comforting all of your words (regardless of whether they are deep and personal, or more simple and straightforward) and posts are? Really, it’s just something about your online-voice that is so natural and … Yeah, I’m having a hard time putting my finger on it, as it’s just some sort of feeling, but I hope you understand what I’m trying to say.
    Anywho, thanks for some interesting links, too, and I hope you have a fab weekend. Hugsy daisies xx

    • Faring Well July 25, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Pia, thank you. I cannot explain how motivating, reassuring, and encouraging your comment was here. It really reminded me of something I had missed, the desire to be inspired in the un-ordinary. Its so true, many of us already have our go-tos! Thank you for reminding me of this, and being the sweet soul that you are. I genuinely appreciate your presence here, and your honest words! I hope you are having the most gorgeous day, xx

  • Chelsey Crafts July 25, 2016 at 12:07 am

    These look divine! I just made some chocolatey snacks yesterday and was thinking of experimenting with dried apricots so that’s perfect timing. Personally, I like a mix of simple recipes and fresh discoveries. Simple recipes are great for after work or when you just don’t have the brain power and fresh discoveries keep it exciting. It’s all about balance :)

    http://www.chelseycrafts.com

    • Faring Well July 25, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you for the recipe love Chelsea! And I totally agree, I think I am beginning to feel as if this balance is really key. Thank you for taking the time to share this with me. I appreciate you! <3

  • Jodi July 25, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Love your honesty here, Jessie. I guess sometimes creativity gets the best of us and we just can’t to share all of your new creations. But I’m always happy to see simple, easy and complete meals around the web that I can use as inspiration on any given weeknight. I am an apricot lover through and through – fresh, dried, juiced (?) – you name it. This is one magical combination. Love your friendly voice everytime I visit. Big hugs + happy monday x

    • Faring Well July 25, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      Jodi, thank you tons friend. I appreciate you taking the time to share this with me, and I think I feel the same! A balance between unique and convenient. Sounds good to me ;). As for apricots, YES, give me them all. Which is silly because I haven’t nearly had enough yet this summer. New goal for this second half of the season for sure. Thank you for your sweet voice too, girl, appreciate you to the moon and back <3

  • Rachel @ Baking Up Bliss July 25, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    These look so tasty, I’m a huge apricot fan! I love having little bites around to snack on.

    • Faring Well July 25, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      Thank you Rachel <3 and yes to having all the healthy, sweet snacks on hand. xx

  • Sus // roughmeasures.com July 26, 2016 at 7:20 am

    These are the perfect summer time alternative to my go to energy balls. I love reading your words here every Monday, and am excited for new recipes. Plus, isn’t Deja Entendu one of the greatest albums to exist in the last 20 years?! I think so!

    • Faring Well July 26, 2016 at 9:53 am

      I’m so glad you find these worthy of your snacking Sus! Thank you <3 and also thank you for your sweet comment, I appreciate you girl. As for that album, pure genius right!? It will always remind me of a very specific era of my life ;). I always had a hunch we were kindred spirits, and this confirms it! xx

  • betty July 26, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Ooh, you have me convinced. Next time I need something quick and delicious, I’m coming here. Plus… just… apricot + sesame, and chocolate and sea salt?!!! Jessie you are a magician!

    • Faring Well July 26, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Betty! Sheesh! Thank you girl. Wish I could mail you some of these goodies for your Europe trekking right now, have THE best time! xo

  • Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen July 26, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Who needs real meals when you’ve got all these tasty snacks on your blog? ;) Sometimes I get caught up in thinking about what I SHOULD be posting, but then I don’t enjoy the process as much, you know? I say just keep on posting what you enjoy posting! :)

    • Faring Well July 27, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Thank you sweet Chelsea! That is so true indeed. You are too kind and I appreciate this encouragement girl <3 what's the point if you're not enjoying it! xx

  • Emily July 27, 2016 at 6:12 am

    Jessie! Guess what?!? I finally downloaded chrome *just* so that I could see your show! You are so much fun! I loved watching you make these and it was so great to see/hear you talk. I feel like I know you even better now. :) You are so brave- I would have such a hard time making a show like that. And I need to run out and get some dried apricots to make these because I love the combo that you came up with here with the fruit, sesame, and chocolate. So much love to you! xo

    • Faring Well July 27, 2016 at 10:42 am

      Emily! NO WAY. I am so flattered girl! You are too sweet. Thank you tons <3. It really is so much fun to talk about food to people who want to hear! (Ahem, Scott doesn't always ;)). I hope you enjoy these if you do make them! Apricots are so wonderful. So much love right back to you friend, XO

  • Sasha Swerdloff July 29, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Love these new short and sweet posts and these look perfect!

    • Faring Well July 30, 2016 at 10:38 am

      Aw thank you tons Sasha! I’m so glad you like them <3

  • Shelley Ludman August 2, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I’ve been traveling for work these past few weeks and so wish I had a batch of these in my bag!

    • Faring Well August 3, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Wish I could have sent some with you too! Hope you had fun travels – xx