Sesame Seed California Prune Balls

These bone-building, simple, and portable sesame seed balls pack delicious flavor and a ton of health benefits. Recipe and photography created by McKel Hill, Nutrition Stripped for the California Prune Board.



  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup tahini
  • 1 cup 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 shredded unsweetened coconut


Using a food processor grind all the ingredients into a thick paste that sticks together when pressed between two fingers.

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.

Place on a plate lined with parchment paper and put in the freezer for about 30 minutes to chill and firm.

Can be stored in an airtight glass container for up to 1 week. For more snack ideas, check out our other recipes.