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Tahini Bon Bons

These little Tahini Bon Bons take just minutes to make, and taste like candy bars, even though they are secretly dates in disguise! Bonus: they're nut free + gluten free!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 18 bon bons
Author: Sarah De la Cruz

Ingredients

  • 18 dates
  • 1/4 c tahini or other nut or seed butter
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 2 t maple syrup
  • 1 heaping c chocolate chips I like Enjoy Life
  • 1 T sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Using a small paring knife, carefully slice each date lengthwise and gently remove the pit.  Set aside.
  • Mix the tahini with the cinnamon and maple syrup (if you use another nut or seed butter you can probably get away with skipping the maple syrup, but tahini tends to be a little bitter on it's own).
  • Place the tahini into a small ziplock bag.  Slice off a very tiny sliver of the bottom corner of the bag to make a quick piping bag.  Squeeze a small amount of the tahini spread into each date, filling the space where the pit was.  Gently squish the date back together (it does not need to close all the way.).  Set the dates into the freezer to chill the filling and help them hold together while you get the other ingredients ready.
  • Place 1 T of sesame seeds into a dry skillet and toast over medium heat for a couple of minutes to brown them slightly.  Remove from heat and set aside.
  • To melt the chocolate, you can either microwave in 15 seconds intervals and stir, or place them in a double boiler (heat safe bowl set over a pan with an inch of hot but not boiling water) over medium heat until they melt.  Once the chocolate is melted remove the dates from the freezer.  Place each date into the chocolate one at a time and turn to coat.  Remove from the chocolate and carefully set on a piece of parchment paper, trying to set it down as directly as possible to avoid making a "foot."  Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Repeat with all additional dates, keeping an eye on your chocolate—not too hot, not too cool.  Once all dates are dipped place them in the freezer to let the chocolate set.  Store the set dates in a sealed container in the fridge to keep the chocolate from melting.
  • Remove from the fridge just before serving! Enjoy!