rosemary apricot tahini bites

by Kristina Sloggett

in appetizers,baking,Dessert,Gluten Free,Happy Hour at Home,recipes,snacks,Vegan,Vegan MoFo

I have always wanted to get a second dachshund as a companion for Basil. A girl doxie, and we’d name her Rosemary.

Rosemary is another of my favorite flavors, and Jason loves it too. In fact it makes me think of Jason – he lived on Rosemary Street in college. As cardamom was my spice of the summer, rosemary may be my autumn herb.

Longtime readers know my obsession with chickpea balls and bites, both sweet and savory. Heck, even my new readers are quickly catching on.

My good friend Heather recently made my tomato basil bean balls, and they looked awesome over spaghetti. Another dear friend Kris is like my chickpea partner in crime – constantly thinking of new flavors.

The last creation that Kris made was the inspiration for these. A while ago, she tweeted me about a rosemary raisin pairing, and we talked about sunbutter being a good base with the chickpeas. Her resulting creation looks good!

I’m not a big raisin fan unless they are in oatmeal cookies, although Kris’ cookies do look good. I have been wanting to create a chickpea tahini ball. The rosemary sounded good, and apricot goes well with rosemary for a sweet savory flavor.

What a flavor it is.

rosemary apricot tahini bites

vegan, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free

1 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and peeled
2 tablespoons tahini
1 teaspoon butter (Earth Balance Natural Spread)
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped

3 sprigs rosemary, stripped from stem and chopped
1-2 tablespoons water (optional, as needed)

Rinse and peel chickpeas, add to food processor. Process alone until crumbly/creamy, add tahini and butter, continue to process. Add apricots and rosemary, blend. Add water as needed to make dough. Form into one inch balls and bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. 

These are so good! They have a slight crunch on the exterior, with a soft middle. The apricots provide enough sweet that no added sugars are necessary, and the tahini gives a mild savory goodness. The rosemary is a strong flavor that rounds out the ball (ha!).

I just may have to send some to Kris…

What herb or spice do you use a lot? Do you like sweet and savory combinations?

Do you have a pet, and what’s their name? :D


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