chocolate tahini protein chia seed balls

by purelytwins

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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Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie November 7, 2012 - 9:50 am

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

purelytwins November 7, 2012 - 12:57 pm

Let us know what you think! we still love our thin mints though

Janet January 30, 2013 - 9:22 pm

I love this recipe. It satisfies the urge for chocolate. Easy to make adjustments.

LBoogs November 7, 2012 - 10:34 am

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:)

purelytwins November 7, 2012 - 12:59 pm

Yes you can freeze! All of our recipes you can normally freeze.Thanks, we will! yay for twins 😉

Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile November 7, 2012 - 11:21 am

I’ve never baked with tahini or thought about putting it with chocolate. I’m intrigued!

purelytwins November 7, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Brittany we love our tahini and find anyway to eat it, haha

Heather @ Better With Veggies November 7, 2012 - 6:29 pm

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! 🙂

Kierston November 7, 2012 - 9:20 pm

I’d love to try me some of these!

Laury November 7, 2012 - 10:11 pm

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!

Erica November 8, 2012 - 8:25 am

Yum! These look totally perfect.What a fun combo

Diana November 8, 2012 - 11:07 am

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!

carrie November 8, 2012 - 4:33 pm

Just made the choco/squash/chia/protein cookies last night – yum! These are now next on my list!

purelytwins November 8, 2012 - 5:08 pm

yay!!! xoxo Carrie

Deanna@healthyleanfit November 12, 2012 - 10:44 am

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!! 😉

purelytwins November 12, 2012 - 10:51 am

awesome Deanna!!! yay

sarah November 20, 2012 - 10:07 pm

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!

purelytwins November 21, 2012 - 7:10 am

Sarah you can use chia meal.

Carolyn December 22, 2012 - 2:30 pm

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!

Rena December 25, 2012 - 5:04 am

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!

purelytwins December 25, 2012 - 2:20 pm

Awesome Rena!!!

Lauren January 5, 2013 - 9:34 pm

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

purelytwins January 6, 2013 - 7:52 am

Lauren glad you liked them!

Laura March 20, 2013 - 3:38 pm

Just made these 🙂 So yum! Substituted 2tsps of maple syrup for the stevia and used raw cacao powder instead of cocoa. Thanks so much for the recipe!

Andrea June 9, 2013 - 5:07 pm

This sounds like a great idea to try! Thank you for the recipe!

Karrie June 13, 2013 - 11:39 am

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!

purelytwins June 13, 2013 - 1:24 pm

Awesome Karrie!!

Am July 24, 2013 - 4:19 pm

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!

purelytwins July 24, 2013 - 5:49 pm

Awesome Am!! glad you enjoyed the recipe.

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Ewa March 16, 2019 - 12:42 pm

Fantastic recipe


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