A fun spin on a classic THM recipe, these tahini energy balls require zero cooking, are packed full of protein and will give you energy all day! They come together in 10 minutes and are easily portable for a snack on-the-go.
Did you know that the most popular recipe on THM are my no-bake oatmeal protein energy balls? For good reason too! Theyâ€™re delicious, nutritious and SO easy to make. Thatâ€™s kind of my jam. I love anything that packs a punch and can be made in minutes. No slaving away in the kitchen for hours!
However, in the last few months Iâ€™ve heard from some of you that you wanted to see a nut-free version of that recipe. Which of course made my mind immediately go to one of my favorite foods: tahini. If youâ€™re an avid THM blog reader, youâ€™ll know Iâ€™m obsessed with tahini. Any chance I get to share a recipe with tahini, Iâ€™m down. Iâ€™ve shared a Tahini Date and Cinnamon Smoothie, Tahini Butter Cups with Honey Candied Cereal, and Chocolate Chip Tahini Barsâ€¦ among many others!
Tahini is such a nutritious and versatile ingredients when it comes to recipes. I canâ€™t help myself! It is the perfect addition to these protein balls. It adds a hint of savory to the otherwise sweet ingredients.
Tahini is a paste or â€śbutterâ€ť made from ground sesame seeds. Seriously, thatâ€™s it! Iâ€™ve never tried to make my own because you can find it in most major grocery stores by the other nut and seed butters. It is a great nut butter substitute for anyone with a nut allergy or for kiddos in a nut free school. Not to mention, itâ€™s also super high in protein so make a great addition to these energy balls.
Plus tahini + honey reminds me of sesame snaps which were one of my favorite sweet treats growing up!
Both protein powder and coconut flour work great in these balls! Protein powder will add a little bit more protein but both are great options. My favorite brands of protein powder are: Brandless Unflavored Protein (for no flavor), Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein (in Vanilla), and Vega Sport Protein Powder (in Vanilla).
Iâ€™m all about that customization and helping you guys to make my recipes your own. Not a fan of tahini? You can sub any seed or nut butter! Chocolate ainâ€™t your thing? Mix in some chopped raisins or other dried fruit. Want a double-dose of chocolate? Sub in chocolate protein powder! This recipe works with both whey and plant-based protein powder though you may need to adjust the amount of non-dairy milk depending on which brand you use.
Thereâ€™s only two things you cannot sub in this recipe: oats and honey. Oats are the base of the recipe so I wouldnâ€™t recommend subbing with any other grain. Honey is the primary binder and we havenâ€™t found other sweeteners to work as well. Weâ€™ve tried them with maple syrup and they just didnâ€™t stick as well so proceed with caution.
Now letâ€™s make these No-Bake Tahini Chocolate Protein Energy Balls
A fun spin on a classic THM recipe, these tahini energy balls require zero cooking, are packed full of protein and will give you energy all day!
*OR 2 tbsp coconut flour if you donâ€™t have protein powder
Note: if you use protein powder you may need more or less honey depending on how sweet it is.
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