Sesame Seed California Prune Balls

A bone-building, simple, and portable snack that packs delicious flavour and a ton of health benefits.

Recipe created by McKel Hill, Nutrition Stripped for the California Prune Board with photography and video recipe by Peter Sidwell

Makes: 20 energy ballsPrep Time: 15 minutes, plus 30 minutes' chilling


  • ½ cup (80g) raw cashews
  • ½ cup (50g) raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup (130g) tahini
  • 1 cup (130g) California Prunes
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt, adjust to taste
  • Garnish: Sesame seeds for coating, about ¼ cup on the side
  • Optional for added healthy fats: ⅔ cup (75g) shredded unsweetened coconut


  1. Using a food processor grind all the ingredients into a thick paste that sticks together when pressed between two fingers.
  2. Place sesame seeds in a small bowl on the side. Use about 1 tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball using your hands. Next, roll each ball into the sesame seeds.
  3. Place on a plate lined with parchment paper and put in the freezer for about 30 minutes to chill and firm.
  4. Can be stored in an airtight glass container for up to 1 week.


McKel Hill

Nutrition Stripped