Chocolate tahini bites are one of my most requested recipes. Everyone seems to love them.
We’ve all been there: Unexpected guests pop in and you realise you don’t have food in the house. Well, no meals that are ready to go, anyway. If you want to be prepared for when guests visit, this is the healthy snack for you!
Why these chocolate tahini bites are my all-time fave snack:
- They are super easy to make (no cooking required)
- They taste delicious
- They curb any sweet desire
- You make new friends – seriously, everyone wants this recipe once they try them
We know healthy snacks can prevent you from reaching for that chocolate bar at 3pm or having cheese and crackers while you make dinner but when you eat healthy (or even if you’re trying to) and you have guests visit, it can be difficult to serve food that’s delicious AND nutritious.
Even people who are used to consuming sugar every day enjoy this snack. To be honest, if I make these for myself, I only use half the amount of dates and maple syrup, (if at all) to reduce the effects on my blood sugar levels.
So, if you too are trying to stay clear of raising your sugar levels in your body, I recommend swapping the maple syrup for rice malt syrup and removing the dates.
The protein and good fats in these chocolate tahini bites will help to stabilise your blood sugar levels as well as curb your cravings.
I use hemp protein powder, and I’m ecstatic that it’s now legal since November 2017. I contacted NSW Food Authority, who confirmed this has been passed in NSW. If you are in a different country or state, please check with your local authorities.
* Make these chocolate tahini bites half the size as you think you should. That way, on those days where you’re still feeling hungry after one of them, you can have a second one guilt-free as you’re only eating one ‘normal’ portion anyway!
* I use unhulled tahini in these chocolate tahini bites as I prefer the taste over hulled. They are right next to each other in the health food section. Experiment with which one you prefer.
250g Nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews or brazil nuts)
30g Hemp Protein
½ C Coconut flakes
2 Tbl Cacao Powder
¼ C Dates
½ C Tahini (unhulled)
¼ C Maple syrup
Coconut Oil – For your hands
- Blend nuts and transfer to a large bowl
- Blend dates, protein powder, coconut and cacao and then add to bowl
- Add tahini and maple syrup and combine until a consistent mixture forms. You may need to use your hands here, to ensure the dates are spread evenly through the mixture. To prevent sticking, add a touch of oil to your hands prior to mixing
- Roll into bite-size balls that sit nicely in the palm of your hand.
- Roll in shredded coconut and chill in the fridge before serving
- Enjoy with a cup of herbal tea!
If you’re making these chocolate tahini bites for guests and you need to use your hands, I recommend using gloves for health reasons.
I make these chocolate tahini bites regularly and always have some in the freezer, ready to go in case I have unexpected guests drop by or if I have a spur-of-the-moment event to attend, such as a BBQ at a friend’s place or if my family spontaneously invite me to visit their holiday house at Lake Macquarie.
This actually happened and was the inspiration for this blog as I had so many positive comments about these chocolate tahini bites that I decided not to allow them to be the best-kept secret!
Let me know what you think!