Tahini is made from roasted sesame seeds, and that’s exactly what it tastes like, a flavour that is nutty or earthy. The combination of tahini and honey is what makes this recipe special. The addition of high fibre coconut, oats, hemp and sunflower seeds make for a healthy snack that can help to support blood sugar levels and keep our energy levels nice and stable.
Tahini is made from roasted sesame seeds and is a good source of calcium, as well as other minerals including magnesium and iron. Tahini also contains a good amount of protein (see below) and heart-healthy polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Each tahini ball contains 4 grams of protein, which is a good amount of protein given their small size. This is an ideal amount of protein for a snack and will help stabilize the blood sugar level effect from the natural sugar in the honey.
These no-bake energy balls are a good choice for people living with diabetes as each ball contains 2.5 grams of fibre, 4 grams of protein, and healthy fats from the tahini and seeds. All these factors combined help to stabilize the blood sugar effect from the honey.
Nut-Free Energy Balls
This recipe is different from most other energy ball recipes in that it is nut-free. Tahini is made from sesame seeds, so it would be classified as allergen-free and would be allowed in schools.
Which Tahini To Use
Tahini comes in raw or roasted form. I love the flavour of roasted tahini, and generally, I try to purchase mine in larger quantities from Middle Eastern grocers which tend to be in the roasted form. If you are looking to maximize nutrition by opting for raw sesame seeds, purchase raw tahini.
Do I Need To Add Water?
This depends on how liquid your tahini is; some tahini tends to have the texture of peanut butter, and others can be more liquid. Follow the recipe as per instructions, and while forming the no-bake energy balls, if they seem to dry add one tablespoon of water.
Freezing These Energy Balls
Make a big batch of them and freeze some for later as they taste great straight out of the freezer. They will stay good in the fridge for at least a week after they are prepared.
Rolling The Energy Balls
When you are rolling the energy balls between the two palms of your hands if you are finding the energy balls are sticking to your hands just simply wet your hands. Wet your hands under running water between every 4 to 5 energy balls.
Gluten-Free Energy Balls
Make sure to purchase certified gluten-free oats. Oats themselves do not contain gluten but can become contaminated during processing, and this can be an issue for anyone who has celiac disease.
Vegan Energy Balls
As much as I love the combination of honey and tahini, strict vegans may want to avoid honey. You can use maple syrup in place of honey, though it tends to not be as sticky so more tahini might be needed.
Variations For Hemp Hearts
If you don’t have hemp hearts on hand you can omit the hemp hearts and use an additional 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds.
Alternatives To Tahini
Feel free to use peanut butter or almond butter in this recipe. I personally like it with cashew butter.
More Tahini Recipes
- Japanese Salad Bowl with Miso Tahini Dressing
- Creamy Garlic Tahini Dressing
- Baked Tofu Kale Quinoa Salad Bowl with Glory Bowl Dressing
- Oil-Free Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus
More Hemp Recipes
No-Bake Energy Ball Recipes
- Peanut Butter Energy Balls
- High Protein Peanut Butter Energy Balls
- High Calcium Citrus and Fig Energy Balls
Tahini Coconut No-Bake Energy Balls |GF
- 2/3 cup toasted shredded coconut unsweetened
- 1 cup oats traditional
- 1/2 cup tahini paste
- 1/4 cup hemp hearts
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup honey unpasteurized
- 1/8 tsp fine salt optional
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger optional
- 1 tbsp water optional
- If the coconut is not already toasted, heat a heavy bottom frying pan over medium-low heat. Add coconut and toast for 2 minutes, stirring the pan regularly so it doesn't burn. Make sure you watch it, you will know when it is done when the coconut is nice and golden.
- Add all of the ingredients except for the water into a mixing bowl and stir well to combine.
- Cover bowl and let sit in the refrigerator for around 30 minutes.
- Check the mixture, if it seems to dry add the water and mix well.
- Now roll the mixture into 15 evenly shaped energy balls using the palms of your hands. If the mixture is sticking to your hands too much to roll properly, wet your hands with a little water inbetween every 3-4 energy balls. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. They also taste great frozen, taken out as needed.