Chocolate Espresso Tahini Energy Balls | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well Mar. 26. 2019

Chocolate Espresso Energy Balls

Mar. 26. 2019
McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

The next time you have an energy slump, make these Chocolate Espresso Energy Balls!

Chocolate Espresso Energy Balls are a quick and easy snack to boost your energy levels with a little espresso and healthy fats to keep your hunger at bay.

They’re made with dates which are rich in fiber and potassium and a source of simple carbohydrates — our bodies primary and preferred energy source is sugar — and a mix of healthy fats, plant-based protein, and minerals.



Tahini, which is made from sesame seeds, is incredibly rich in calcium. Sesame seeds are great sources of magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, molybdenum, and selenium.

Copper has been shown to help relieve inflammatory diseases such as arthritis. Other minerals found in sesame seeds such as magnesium, calcium, and zinc have been shown to help with colon cancer, prevent migraine headaches, PMS, reduce bone loss and support general bone health, support respiratory and heart health and reduce cholesterol!


Fiber from the dates, coconut, and nuts and seeds all help keep our digestion working properly and running smoothly if you know what I mean.

This includes everything from the act of consuming food, breaking down food, processing, and utilizing it for energy. Healthy digestion will also help your body absorb nutrients from food.

The Recipe

Serves 10 balls



½ cup toasted pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup rolled oats

1 tablespoon flax seeds

⅓ cup tahini

1 tablespoon finely ground espresso beans

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons maple syrup

5 pitted dates

Flaky sea salt



Step 1

In a food processor add rolled oats and run on high-speed until it forms a coarse flour.  Add pumpkin seeds and flax seeds and pulse until roughly chopped. Add tahini, ground espresso, cocoa powder, maple syrup and dates, and pulse until well combined.

Step 2

Form mixture into balls (about the size of a ping pong ball) and arrange on rimmed baking sheet and refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until firm.

Step 3

Dust protein balls lightly with unsweetened cocoa powder and course flakey salt.


Have Leftovers? Here’s What To Do With Them:

As always, store in an airtight glass container that we recommend from the NS Shop for up to a month in the freezer, or in the fridge for two weeks.

You can make this ahead of time for any gathering or party!

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