Ever since making my homemade tahini I have been enjoying it with just about everything.

Plus seeing Michelle have some tahini with her chocolate Vega protein shake made me think… I should try tahini with chocolate too.

And that is what I did.

Chocolate tahini protein powder chia seed balls.

And now we both have been enjoying these chocolate protein tahini balls!

The story behind this recipe is simple. Β I wanted a quick healthy snack that contained chocolate and tahini. I also thought about using chia seeds in it for more fiber and nutritional boost, along with some Β hemp protein powder. Each ball has about 6 grams of protein in them with 5 grams of fiber! Love that!

This recipe is another great way to enjoy hemp protein powder that is not mint flavored like our thin mint and baked thin mint.

Basically I wanted a little snack that was full of all my favorites.

And friends that is exactly what these balls were for me.

These protein balls are super simple to make with just a few ingredients (all of which are my favorites).

Now if you are not a fan of tahini (shame on you, just kidding) you can of course use a nut butter to replace the tahini.

Purelytwins Recipe: Chocolate tahini protein chia seed balls

prep-time: 5 minutes

makes about 5 balls (depends on size scooper used)


  • 1/4 cup hemp protein powder (1oz) (could use any protein powder of choice)
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder (3/4oz)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (1/2oz)
  • 1/4 teaspoon stevia,liquid (mine was vanilla flavored, so if yours is plain you can add in some vanilla)*
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (1/2oz)
  • 3 tablespoons tahini (1 1/2oz)**


In a large bowl, place your protein powder, cocoa, and chia seeds. Mix.

Add in your sweetener. I used liquid stevia, but if you wanted to use another sweetener you will have to adjust your wet ingredients, either by omitting the coconut oil or reducing the tahini, or both.

Next add in your coconut oil and tahini (or nut butter).

Now something about this recipe – my tahini was on the thick side not runny. Michelle made this tahini cocoa balls with store bought tahini that was more runny, so she added more cocoa powder and chia seeds to help hold them together. And these are best cold in fridge to keep their shape.

I used a 1 1/2 tbsp cookie scooper and I got 5 balls. So depending on what size you use or what/how much ingredients you use will alter the number of balls.

When making these tahini cocoa balls, remember to start with dry ingredients and slowly add in your wet ingredients, and adjust accordingly. One great thing about this recipe is that it is easy to add or take out ingredients to get the desire protein ball you are looking for.


And the stats for these protein balls are pretty good!

Now that is one powerhouse healthy snack! Full of healthy fats, fiber, carbs, and protein! Remember with this batter, you want it to be on the thick side, if your batter is runny, add in more protein, cocoa, or chia seeds. Have fun with this recipe, add in what you like and enjoy!

Perfect mid-afternoon pick me up!

Twins Question: Do you like chocolate and tahini together? What do you tend to enjoy for a late afternoon pick me up?Β 

till next time,



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32 thoughts on “chocolate tahini protein chia seed balls

  1. Adding tahini is such an interesting idea, I’m looking forward to giving these a try when I run out of protein thin mints! πŸ™‚

    Posted on November 7, 2012 at 9:50 am
    1. Let us know what you think! we still love our thin mints though

      Posted on November 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm
    2. I love this recipe. It satisfies the urge for chocolate. Easy to make adjustments.

      Posted on January 30, 2013 at 9:22 pm
  2. Thanks for the recipes, guys!Question, once you make these balls (and most of your recipes like muffins etc) can you freeze? Do they keep for awhile?
    you guys are so inspiring. Check out my blog I made with my twin sister..just starting up and nearly as amazing as yours..but it’s a start:)

    Posted on November 7, 2012 at 10:34 am
    1. Yes you can freeze! All of our recipes you can normally freeze.Thanks, we will! yay for twins πŸ˜‰

      Posted on November 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm
  3. I’ve never baked with tahini or thought about putting it with chocolate. I’m intrigued!

    Posted on November 7, 2012 at 11:21 am
    1. Brittany we love our tahini and find anyway to eat it, haha

      Posted on November 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm
  4. This looks great – I haven’t combined tahini and chocolate yet, but this is the second time I’ve seen that combo now. I’m pinning this for later! πŸ™‚

    Posted on November 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm
  5. I’d love to try me some of these!

    Posted on November 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm
  6. Perfect, beautiful and right up my alley! I made raw sunbutter bites the other night with chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pepitas and almond meal. Love simple recipes like this! I need to replenish my tahini supply and try them!

    Posted on November 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm
  7. Yum! These look totally perfect.What a fun combo

    Posted on November 8, 2012 at 8:25 am
  8. I’ve never tried tahini in something sweet, but it sounds intriguing! I love the idea of all the flavors in this recipe in one round package. Yum!

    Posted on November 8, 2012 at 11:07 am
  9. Just made the choco/squash/chia/protein cookies last night – yum! These are now next on my list!

    Posted on November 8, 2012 at 4:33 pm
    1. yay!!! xoxo Carrie

      Posted on November 8, 2012 at 5:08 pm
  10. Yum, yum, yum!! I made these today with carob powder and no stevia and although I am having to let them chill now, I tasted them while making them, of course, and they are sooo yummy! My 3 year old was excited about them too! Great snack!!! I made mine with store bought tahini & I thought the consistency was fine, but they look a little more like the thin mint cookies vs. a ball. Shape doesn’t matter to me!! πŸ˜‰

    Posted on November 12, 2012 at 10:44 am
    1. awesome Deanna!!! yay

      Posted on November 12, 2012 at 10:51 am
  11. I would like to try these but only have chia seed meal… could I use this instead? are there any adjustments I would need to make? Thanks!

    Posted on November 20, 2012 at 10:07 pm
    1. Sarah you can use chia meal.

      Posted on November 21, 2012 at 7:10 am
  12. Great recipe! I’m in Poland now, where some of these ingredients are not the easiest to come by, so I’ve adjusted a bit. I’d have to hunt for protein powder (especially the hempseed seed variety) so I ground up some whole oats into flour instead. Still playing around with the sweetener, but a liquid one would seem to work best. Just going to make a simple sugar syrup from unrefined cane sugar– the easiest vegan option around these parts. Oh, and I just used sesame seeds instead of the chia. Yum!

    Posted on December 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm
  13. I just made these but used my perfect fit protein powder, some agave nectar to sweeten and almond butter. And i didnt add the oil, just used water to bring everything together. They are so rich and yummy! I put them in my freezer when i am craving a treat. It is much healthier than any other treat i would usually grab, so thanks!

    Posted on December 25, 2012 at 5:04 am
    1. Awesome Rena!!!

      Posted on December 25, 2012 at 2:20 pm
  14. WOWOWOW! I just made these with a a couple tweaks to get the nutritional stats I was going for and they blew me away! I was skeptical about the tahini/chocolate combo but was very pleasantly surprised.

    Tweaks I Made: reduced tahini to 2 Tbsp
    used 3 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk in
    place of the remaining tahini and oil

    Posted on January 5, 2013 at 9:34 pm
    1. Lauren glad you liked them!

      Posted on January 6, 2013 at 7:52 am
  15. Just made these πŸ™‚ So yum! Substituted 2tsps of maple syrup for the stevia and used raw cacao powder instead of cocoa. Thanks so much for the recipe!

    Posted on March 20, 2013 at 3:38 pm
  16. This sounds like a great idea to try! Thank you for the recipe!

    Posted on June 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm
  17. LOVE tahini! Love this recipe! Used 2 Tbl maple syrup in place of stevia and didnt have hemp protein so I just grounded up some hemp seeds as best as I could. Going to make this A LAWT! Thanks!

    Posted on June 13, 2013 at 11:39 am
    1. Awesome Karrie!!

      Posted on June 13, 2013 at 1:24 pm
  18. I just made these! They are delicious. I used butter as a solid fat, instead of coconut oil. I wasn’t sure if I would like the flavor of hemp, or tahini and chocolate. Ends up, it is awesome! Thanks!

    Posted on July 24, 2013 at 4:19 pm
    1. Awesome Am!! glad you enjoyed the recipe.

      Posted on July 24, 2013 at 5:49 pm