Tahini Chocolate Chip Energy Bites combine creamy tahini, gluten free oats, and dark chocolate chips into the perfect little treat. These bites are perfect if you have a nut allergy or just need to get your tahini fix. They’re made with real food ingredients for a wholesome healthier treat!
The Perfect Snack: Tahini Chocolate Chip Energy Bites
These tahini chocolate chip energy bites pack in plenty of real food goodness for the perfect snack. Made with creamy tahini, a touch of sweetness from maple syrup or honey, and ground flax seed, they are a delicious way to get in nutritious dose of healthy fats.
These energy bites will take you no time to whip up in your food processor. They store well in the freezer for a yummy treat that you can easily grab when you’re in a pinch and need a quick snack. Keep reading to learn how to make these tasty energy bites.
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Tahini Chocolate Chip Energy Bite Ingredients
Tahini: If you have never worked with tahini before these energy bites are a great way to get introduced to it. While it may look like another nut butter it is actually not a nut butter at all. Tahini is made from toasted ground sesame seeds and used commonly in Middle Eastern cooking. It is not sweet at all and has a deep, nutty, earthy flavor.
Gluten Free Rolled Oats: These help to bind everything together for the perfect texture. Be sure to use gluten free old fashioned rolled oats for this recipe and not quick oats.
Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are packed with healthy fats and add a little extra texture and crunch to these bites.
Ground Flax Seeds: Optional but I love the extra nutrition it provides.
Shredded Coconut: Look for a finely shredded coconut that is unsweetened.
Honey or Maple Syrup: A touch of honey, or maple syrup if you need to make these vegan, adds just the right amount of sweetness to balance the flavor of the tahini.
Dark Chocolate Chips: Mini dark chocolate chips add the perfect texture and flavor.
How to Make Tahini Chocolate Chip Energy Bites
Step One: Add the tahini, maple syrup or honey, oats, flax seed, shredded coconut, chia seeds, and sea salt to a the bowl of a food processor.
Step Two: Pulse the ingredients in the food processor just until well combined and a sticky “dough” forms.
Step Three: Next, add in the mini chocolate chips and pulse until well combined.
Step Four: Transfer the dough to the fridge and allow it to chill for 15-20 minutes. Then, using a cookie dough scoop, scoop the dough and then use your hands to roll into balls.
Step Five: Finish off the energy bites by sprinkling a little flaky sea salt on top of each one.
How to Store Tahini Chocolate Chip Energy Bites
Because these energy bites are made with only real food ingredients and don’t have any preservatives, you’ll need to store them in the refrigerator or freezer to ensure that they stay fresh.
My preferred method of storing these bites is in the freezer. They freeze incredibly well in a freezer safe storage container or bag and taste incredible straight out the freezer.
To freeze the bites, place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and then place the sheet pan in the freezer. Once each individual bite is frozen solid, transfer them to a freezer safe storage bag or container. When you are ready to eat, grab a bite and let it thaw for a minute or so before digging in.
Tips and Tricks for the Best Tahini Energy Bites
- If you are particularly concerned about your bites being gluten-free, be sure to use certified gluten free rolled oats.
- Want to up the protein content? You can add in a scoop of your favorite protein powder (vanilla, chocolate, or plain would work best) or collagen protein powder.
- Tahini can sometimes be a bit oilier than nut butter when working with it. Don’t be alarmed if your hands a bit oily when rolling the bites.
- Switch up the chocolate chips! Don’t like dark chocolate? Use milk chocolate instead. Don’t have mini chocolate chips? Use chunks or larger chips! If you need to keep this recipe dairy-free, be sure to grab a variety of chocolate that is completely dairy free.
- Because tahini is made from seeds instead of nuts, this is recipe great option for people who have a nut allergy and cannot enjoy traditional nut butter. That being said, if you can enjoy nut butter, feel free to switch out the tahini for another creamy base. Cashew butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter would all work really well in this recipe. Whichever nut or seed butter you choose to go with, just make sure that it does not have any added sugars or preservatives.
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- Add the tahini, maple syrup, oats, flax seed, shredded coconut, sea salt, and chia seeds to a food processor and pulse just until well combined and a sticky “dough” has formed.
- Add the mini dark chocolate chips to the food processor and pulse until well combined.
- Place the dough into the fridge to chill for 15-20 minutes.
- Use a cookie dough scoop to scoop the energy bite dough. Use your hands to roll each scoop of dough into a ball and then place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle a little flaky sea salt on top of the bites and place them back in the fridge to chill.
- Once the bites have chilled and become firm enjoy immediately or transfer them to a storage container. Store the energy bites in the fridge or freezer until ready to eat.
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