Chocolate Tahini Bliss Balls - chocolatey enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, but wholesome and balanced enough for a great snack or dessert.
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Alright friends, I’ve got another bliss ball recipe for you. I know, it seems excessive to have so many like these seeded vegan bliss balls, these coconut chocolate energy balls, or these oatmeal energy balls, but what can I say?
I just love these little bite-sized date/nut deliciousness. They’re great to pack for hikes or bike rides, and they’ll keep your energy up!
I adapted this chocolate tahini bliss balls recipe from Bon Appetit and added in some hemp seeds for an extra protein boost.
These chocolate balls are packed with plant-based protein and are sure to keep you satisfied.
Dates - Medjool dates are my favorite for this recipe since they’re larger and tend to be softer.
If your dates are hard, soak them in water for 10-20 minutes to soften them up.
Also, if your dates are smaller, you may need to increase the number of dates you use for this recipe.
Walnuts - look for the unsalted variety. Store your walnuts in the fridge to keep them fresh for longer.
If you don’t have walnuts, you can use pretty much any other type of nut instead.
Hemp seeds - like walnuts, hemp seeds are a great source of protein and healthy fats.
Tahini - simply the “butter” of sesame seeds, you can make your own in a food processor or get the store-bought variety.
Pro-tip: store it upside down in the fridge - then when you flip it over to open, you won’t need to stir it.
Maple syrup - look for 100% maple syrup. You can also use honey or agave instead.
Unsweetened cocoa powder - this is what gives these bliss balls their chocolatey flavor. Either natural cocoa or Dutch-process cocoa will work. They are slightly different in their acidity level, but can be used interchangeably here.
Salt - I like to use sea salt as I find it’s more flavorful than regular table salt
🔪 How to make chocolate bliss balls
These bliss balls are super quick and easy to make.
Blend the dates, walnuts, hemp seeds, tahini, maple syrup, salt and cocoa in the food processor.
Once the mixture comes together, form into 1-inch balls.
Then coat and decorate in cocoa powder, sesame seeds and/or hemp seeds and enjoy!
💭 Tips, Tricks and Tools
Tools (affiliates): food processor, mesh strainer
Storage: these don’t need to be refrigerated, but they do last longer when stored in the fridge. You can also store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Substitutions - Use honey or agave instead of maple syrup. You can also substitute pistachios, almonds or cashews instead of walnuts.
These tahini bliss balls contain protein (hemp seeds, tahini and walnuts), healthy fats (hemp seeds, tahini and walnuts), carbohydrates (dates and maple syrup) and fiber (dates, hemp seeds, walnuts), making them a balanced and filling snack or dessert.
They are lightly sweetened, vegan and gluten-free. They are a great snack or the perfect simple dessert.
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Chocolate Tahini Bliss Balls
- 5 soft dates soaked if needed
- ⅔ cup walnuts
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds + extra (1-2 tablespoons) for decorating
- ⅓ cup tahini
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder + extra (1-2 tablespoons) for decorating
- ¾ teaspoon sea salt
- 1-2 tablespoons sesame seeds for decorating (optional)
- Blend. Add the soft dates to the food processor and blend until they form a paste. Then add the walnuts, hemp seeds, tahini, maple syrup, ¼ cup cocoa powder and salt. Blend until it forms a sticky dough.
- Roll. Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to scoop out about 18-20 rounds. Then roll each one into round balls.
- Decorate. Put remaining cocoa powder, hemp seeds and/or sesame seeds on small plates or shallow bowls and roll each ball in the cocoa powder, hemp seeds or sesame seeds until fully coated. You can also sift the cocoa powder (using a mesh strainer) over the formed balls. Enjoy!
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