These Tahini Chocolate Chip Energy Balls will put a little pep in your step! Creamy tahini is packed with protein, giving you a boost of energy to power through your day. Combined with maple syrup, coconut flour, and chocolate chips, these energy balls are a satisfying snack that tastes like a dessert!
While it’s fun to bake Miniature Chocolate Chip Cookies, Thin Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, today’s chocolate chip recipe is a no-bake treat! These tahini chocolate chip energy balls come together entirely in the food processor, with a little help from your hands—they’ll need to roll the energy ball “dough” into shape.
I love these energy balls because they kind of feel like eating raw cookie dough, but with nutritional value! Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds; while it’s most often used in salad dressings, hummus, and savory sauces, it’s also fantastic used like a nut butter in cookies and other baked goods. Or no-bake treats, as in these tahini chocolate chip energy balls!
They make a great after school snack, or you can stash them in the fridge for those days when you need a quick pick-me-up. A cup of coffee and a few tahini chocolate chip energy balls and you’ll be able to conquer the world!
Why You’ll Love Tahini Chocolate Chip Energy Balls
- Super easy – You only need four ingredients to make these tahini chocolate chip energy balls, and it’s a no-bake recipe so you don’t even have to turn on the oven! Just mix everything together in the food processor and roll the mixture into balls.
- A healthier alternative – These energy balls taste like a treat, but without any refined sugar! Plus, they have protein from the tahini, so they’re much healthier than grabbing a cookie or brownie to get you over that afternoon hump.
- Tastes like cookie dough – The texture of these energy balls is like cookie dough—soft and delicious, with the flavors of maple and tahini and lots of chocolate chips in every bite.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Tahini – You can usually find tahini near the peanut butter at the grocery store.
- Maple Syrup – Our sweetener for these chocolate chip energy balls! But it doesn’t just sweeten the balls, it also adds that irresistible maple flavor.
- Coconut Flour – Light, fluffy coconut flour binds these energy balls together.
- Chocolate Chips – While I used regular chocolate chips, you can use mini chocolate chips if you have them on hand.
- You can swap the tahini for another nut or seed butter.
- Instead of chocolate chips, try another add-in. Nuts, seeds, or chopped dried fruit would all be delicious!
- Try using date syrup or honey instead of maple syrup for a different flavor in your chocolate chip energy balls.
- Food Processor – You’ll need a food processor to make the energy ball mixture.
- Cookie Dough Scoop – This will help you make sure all of the tahini chocolate chip energy balls are roughly the same size.
How to Make
- Process – In a food processor, combine the tahini, maple syrup, and coconut flour and process you have a crumbly texture that holds together when you pinch it between two fingers.
- Add the Chocolate Chips – Fold them into the tahini mixture, making sure you mix them in evenly.
- Form the Energy Balls – Roll the dough between your palms to form small balls.
No food processor? No problem! You can make these tahini chocolate chip energy balls by stirring everything together in a bowl instead.
How to Store
Refrigerate – Refrigerate tahini chocolate chip energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Freeze – For longer storage, freeze energy balls in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. You can eat them frozen or let them come to room temperature first.
Frequently Asked Questions
Energy balls include calorie dense ingredients to give you a lot of energy in a small bite. These ingredients are usually wholesome and unrefined.
Yes, you’ll need to store energy balls in the refrigerator. If you try to store them at room temperature, they’ll get very soft and won’t hold together.
Tahini is savory on its own, with a unique (and delicious!) earthy flavor. It also has a bit of bitterness to it, which is why it’s usually combined with an acid, a sweetener (like in these tahini chocolate chip energy bites), or both.
Tahini Chocolate Chip Energy Balls
- ½ cup tahini
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 1 cup coconut flour
- ⅓ cup chocolate chips
- In a food processor, combine tahini, maple syrup and coconut flour until you have a crumbly texture. (The texture shouldn’t be dry or too sticky. It will look crumbly, but you can easily mold it into a ball).
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Form small balls with the dough. Store in the refrigerator.