These Tahini Coconut Energy Protein Bites are the perfect nut-free, on-the-go snack and contains mostly natural sweeteners like dates!
How to make this recipe
Using a food processor or blender, mix the dates and water until well combined and creamy.
Heat tahini, vanilla and maple syrup together in a small saucepan until smooth.
Add oats, rice cereal, protein powder, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips and coconut to a large bowl.
Add caramel-tahini mixture to oat mixture and mix until combined well.
Form into little balls, then refrigerate to cool down.
Roll balls in unsweetened coconut before serving.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Date caramel (recipe below)
- Maple syrup – instead of maple syrup you can use honey, molasses, or cane sugar. If you use one of these alternatives keep in mind that it will alter the nutritional information.
- Tahini – tahini is a delicious paste made from sesame seed. If you can’t find any, or choose not to use it, you can use a nut butter or seed butter in place of the tahini.
- Rolled oats – steel cut oats, quick oats, or quinoa flakes can be used in place of rolled oats.
- Brown rice cereal
- Vanilla protein powder – feel free to use any protein powder brand that you like. If you have dairy intolerances, use a vegan protein powder in place of a whey protein powder.
- Shredded coconut – sweetened or unsweetened shredded coconut will both work for this recipe.
- Sesame seeds – chia seeds are a protein-packed alternative to sesame seeds. If you’re in a pinch, you can leave out the sesame seeds altogether.
- Sunflower seeds – another seed like pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, hemp seeds or flax seeds in place of sunflower seeds.
- Chocolate chips – you can use semi-sweet or unsweetened chocolate chips or substitute them entirely with cacao nibs or chopped (milk, dark, white) chocolate bar.
Storing these bites
Store these energy bites in a large container in the fridge, they will stay fresh for two weeks. If you want them to last more than two weeks, you can also store the bites in a freezer bag and place them in the freezer! Your protein balls will last for up to three months in the freezer.
Once the protein balls are chilled, they can be stored in the fridge or freezer in either an airtight container or freezer bag. The protein balls can be kept frozen for up to 3 months.
When you're ready to enjoy your frozen energy balls, let them thaw at room temperature for 15-30 minutes. If you're in a rush to leave the house, microwave them for 30 seconds and they will be ready to enjoy!
More healthy snack ideas
- Stuffed Caramel Apples with Chocolate Drizzle
- Easy Garlic Parmesan Popcorn
- Open Faced Naan Samosa Bites
Meal prep tools
- Use these Ziploc bags if you want to store your protein balls in the freezer!
- Here is the protein powder I use
- Grab some glass meal prep bowls to store these protein balls
Tahini Coconut Energy Protein Bites
- 1/2 cup date caramel see recipe below
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 3/4 cup tahini
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup brown rice cereal
- 1 cup vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup dates
- 1/2 cup water
- Using a food processor or a Magic Bullet, mix together dates and water until well combined and creamy.
- Microwave or heat tahini, vanilla and maple syrup together in a small saucepan until smooth.
- Add oats, rice cereal, protein powder, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips and coconut to a large bowl.
- Add caramel-tahini mixture to oat mixture and mix until combined well. Form into little balls, then refrigerate for at least 30 min.
- Roll balls in unsweetened coconut before serving (optional) Store in the fridge up to 2 months and enjoy!