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. 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 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?
till next time,
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