Tahini balls
26th February 2010

Tahini balls

By Emma Photography by Emma

I will be the first to admit that this recipe caused a bit of a stir!  It evoked some strong reactions from our willing testers, the majority of whom, thinking they were being offered chocolate truffles, were taken by surprise, discovering their intense sesame flavour and nutty texture.  Testers’ opinions were very much divided, though those that loved them really loved them and the enthusiasm for these moreish little treats won over, confirming that this recipe is one to be shared and enjoyed.

The great thing about this recipe is that it can be customised to suit your taste.  You could replace the raisins with chopped dried apricots for example, or the sesame seeds with almonds.  The combinations are endless.   If you find that the mixture is a little dry, then add some of the orange juice, left over from zesting, drop-by-drop until the mixture is of a rollable consistency.

Should you be feeling creative, you could roll the finished balls in various ingredients, such as coconut, cocoa, or chopped nuts.


Makes 40 balls
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  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 3/4 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted and left to cool
  • 3/4 cup coconut, toasted and left to cool
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, toasted and left to cool
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • zest of 2 oranges


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  • 1. Blend together the tahini and almonds to form a paste.
  • 2. Place the tahini and almond mixture in a bowl and add all the remaining ingredients. Stir until the mixture comes together and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  • 3. With clean hands roll tablespoons of mixture into balls. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • 4. Store in an airtight container.


  1. Sarah

    Hi! This recipe sounds fantastic. I’m dying to try it. I was wondering…are your almonds whole, halved, chopped, ground, etc?

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  3. I’ve got to try this…

  4. Emma

    Hi Sarah,
    The almonds are whole – you put them in the with the Tahini and process them all up into a paste.
    I hope you enjoy them!

  5. ames

    These look lovely. I’m T1Diabetic and these wouldn’t cause *too* much havoc with my blood glucose! Just wondering…..I don’t have a processor…would it be possible to make these using ground almonds and coconut instead? Or do you think they would be too grainy?

    Lots of love from Scotland!

    ames x

  6. Emma

    Hi Ames,
    Thanks for the love from Scotland! I’m glad that this has the potential to be a diabetic friendly recipe! Yes – you can totally use ground almonds instead of whole ones. I have played round lots with this recipe and recently did a really good variation using mashed banana. It is very forgiving – I figure that as long a you have a mixture of rollable consistency then you are fine!
    Have fun with it.

  7. I made these last night and loooove them! I had all of the ingredients except sunflower seeds, so I subbed in pepitas instead. The orange zest really completes the recipe.

  8. George

    Hi Sarah,
    I’m glad you like the tahini balls so much! It is a great recipe to have a play around with, swapping one thing out for another as you did the pepitas for the sunflower seeds.
    Have a lovely day,

  9. any recipe with tahini is one I’d like to try! These are on the top of my to make list!

  10. Emma

    Thanks for your message Jordan! I hope you enjoy the Tahini balls as much as we do!
    Happy baking!

  11. Delicious – The only mistake I made was make a small batch! Everything doubled for next time. Please do share more of such recipes – Have a ton of home made tahini :)

  12. Kasey

    Just wow. I stumbled across your blog today and can’t stop looking at it. These treats will definitely be made in my kitchen very soon. Big hello from San Francisco!

  13. Emma

    Hi Kasey,
    I am glad that you like our website! The tahini balls are very tasty and incredibly versatile….you can throw in whatever you have on hand. Let us know how you go with them!
    A big hello back to you from the Our Kitchen team in New Zealand!

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