I have been eating these chocolate tahini protein balls all week. They are so delicious. If you’ve haven’t tried Tahini before, you have got to go and give it a try immediately. Tahini is made from hulled sesame seeds. It tastes good on top of both savory and sweet dishes. Personally, I prefer tahini in desserts. But, I will eat it with almost anything. Above all, tahini tastes amazing on top of naan or pita bread; this is one of my go-to healthy snacks.
I had an idea to make these chocolate tahini protein balls after thinking about my white chocolate tahini bars. I wanted to make a different version of those bars. Something told me to try topping the base of those bars with dark chocolate instead of white chocolate. But, one thing for sure, I think I enjoy these drizzled with dark chocolate more than the white chocolate.
Lastly, I want to mention that I like making snacks like these for the days I’m on the go and won’t have time to prepare a proper snack. I try not to add any additional sugars or too much fat because I don’t think it’s necessary. A lot of the chocolate protein balls recipes that I have seen are high in sugar and have too much oil. I try to watch my oil intake as much as possible. In the past, I have noticed that I tend to use way too much of it. Yes, healthy fats are needed, but you don’t need to add a lot of them. Moderation is key.
How to make chocolate tahini protein balls:
First off, to make these chocolate tahini balls you’re definitely going to need some tahini. My favorite brand of Tahini is the one made by Thrive Market. The one made by Trader Joe’s is pretty good as well. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten the chance to try any other brands. If you know any other good brands of tahini, drop them in the comments below.
Next, add some almonds to a food processor. This step is crucial! If you’re lazy, then you can just buy some almond flour (or even almond meal if you want these to have a little more texture). I recommend Bob Red Mill’s almond flour; the texture is amazing and makes these chocolate tahini protein balls taste like cookie dough. The almond flour acts as the base of the recipe.
After adding your almond flour to a large bowl, add in some sesame seeds and chia seeds. This step is completely optional. Some other types of nuts and seeds you can use in this recipe are hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, or even cashews!
Lastly, you need to add some type of liquid to hold them together. To keep these completely raw, I didn’t add any egg replacers or any ingredients that would require me to cook these. I used almond milk and coconut manna. Coconut manna is simply just coconut butter.
Want more recipes?
- White Chocolate Tahini Bars
- Dried Figs & Date Balls
- Easy Sweet Potato Muffins
- Healthy Avocado Chickpea Brownies
- If you’re going to be making your own almond flour, start by adding 2 whole cups of almonds (raw and unsalted) to a food processor and processing until they turn into flour.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- To a large bowl, add in the flour, tahini, coconut manna, unsweetened almond milk, protein powder, collagen, sesame seeds, and chia seeds. Mix using a spatula until a crumbly dough forms.
- Roll the dough into balls using your hands and place onto parchment paper.
- Microwave your chocolate chips for 15 seconds. After 15 seconds, remove from microwave and add in coconut oil. Stir until the chocolate chips start to melt. Place back into the microwave and microwave for an additional 50 seconds. Remove and stir again.
- Dip the balls into the chocolate using a spoon. Make sure the balls are completely covered in chocolate. Place the balls on top of the parchment paper and place in the refrigerator. Allow to chill for at least an hour.
- These protein balls should be stored in the refrigerator.
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