Date, Nut and Tahini Protein Bites

Date, Almond and Tahini Protein Bites

I love using with classic Arabic ingredients in modern ways, and these healthy, protein-filled bites are no exception. Dates, apricots, tahini, walnuts and almonds are blended together with other goodies and dusted with coconut for a Middle-Eastern flavored snack with trendy Western sensibility.

Protein balls, bliss balls, whatever you call them, these little snacks are everywhere in Australia and rightfully so: dried fruit and cacao naturally satisfy sugar cravings while the tahini and toasted nuts are filling and boost energy levels. I added some chia seeds in mine to boost the antioxidant count, too. Two of these chewy bites at a time, alongside a cup of tea, or before or after a workout, is just the right amount for me.

Date, Almond and Tahini Protein Bites

Tastebuds vary, of course, and the ingredients and quantities in this recipe can be easily played with. I love the mellow nuttiness of tahini, but if you prefer almond or peanut butter, use that. Try dried figs or prunes, pine nuts or sunflower kernels instead of pumpkin seeds. For a vegan version, try maple or agave syrup instead of honey. Protein powder, cacao nibs, puffed quinoa, oats… the opportunities are endless.

Try making them the night before you intend to eat them – they’re even better the next day.

Date, Nut and Tahini Protein Truffles

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 20 1\" truffles


  • 100g whole almonds (about 1 very full cup)
  • 100g walnuts (about 1 very full cup)
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 150g plump medjool dates, pitted (about 12 dates)
  • 150g soft dried apricots (about 1 full cup)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1 heaped tablespoon tahini
  • 1 ½ tsp honey
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Unsweetened desiccated or shredded coconut, for dusting


In a large frying pan, gently dry toast the almonds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds over medium-low heat, tossing regularly, about 3 minutes or until fragrant and popping but not browned. Set aside to cool a moment then pour into the bowl of a food processor.

Process the nut mixture until finely ground. Add the dates and apricots and process again until the dried fruit is smooth and combined with the nuts.

Add the cinnamon, cacao, tahini, honey and pinch of sea salt, then process for 90 seconds until the mixture starts clumping together and looks evenly mixed.

Remove the blade of the food processor. Fill a small bowl with water, and another with the coconut.

Wet hands slightly, then begin rolling the mixture into small ping pong-sized balls, about 1” rounds. Roll each ball in coconut to coat.

Store in an air-tight container in the fridge up to two weeks.

  • Hannah

    Oh darlin’, you KNOW this is my kind of recipe! Love. x

    • Yasmeen

      I sure do. And no devil ingredients!!

  • Tutti Dolci

    These would make a perfect post-run snack!

    • Yasmeen

      Totally – especially if you crave sugar after a workout (like me…)

  • msihua

    Oooh.. such an interesting treat! Yummo!

    • Yasmeen

      Thanks I-Hua — these were everywhere in Byron Bay. Had to try them for myself at home and they’ve become an instant classic.

  • Rosa

    A delicious treat! That is something I really love.



    • Yasmeen

      Thanks, Rosa!

  • Leah

    This is my kind of snack! YUM!

    • Yasmeen

      And guilt-free too :)

  • Ronnie Fein

    I agree about the traditional ingredients used in modern ways and do the same. In fact I make something similar to this but without the tahini — will try your recipe next time.

    • Yasmeen

      Ronnie, do you use peanut or almond butter, by chance?

  • branny

    Those look really delicious. I’ve made something similar but a little simpler. BTW, I love your logo and site design.

    • Yasmeen

      Hi Branny, I’d love to know how you make yours. Recipes like this are so flexible. Thanks for the compliment, too, I’m glad you like what you see.

  • Joanne (eats well with others)

    I love finding new tasty treats that I can eat before a workout without even a smidgen of guilt. These sound lovely!

    • Yasmeen

      Thanks Joanne! I have these with morning tea and they give me a sweet fix and an energy kick without the guilt. I’ve kept some in my gym bag for after pilates, too.

  • Anna

    We’re in the middle of trying these, they look like they are going to be amazing! Just a question, what do you do with the chia seeds? Are they toasted with the nuts or just added with the dried fruit?

    • Yasmeen

      Great question Anna! I just added them to the fruit mix without toasting them.

      • Anna

        Thanks Yasmeen. They taste great, I’m going to spend the night looking through your blog for other things to try.

  • vegeTARAian

    Oh wowser, yours are super healthy! I made really naughty ones

  • Sony

    Thats a simple healthy snack :D… It would have been great if you could add the nutrition values as well…

  • Rebecca Ridgeway

    thank you! this is exactly the kind of balls I wanted. I used sultanas instead of apricot, and added some linseed and sunflower seeds 😀

  • Kate

    Finally made these tonight and they are positively fantastic. I used some dried cherries in place of apricots and it hits the spot. Thanks!

  • Jasser

    These tasted great and were very filling but has anyone else had a problem with the coconut falling off? Mine didn’t stick very well.