How to make carob balls with a twist -Carob Tahini Rice Puff balls

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How to make Carob Balls

Back in 2009, when I first began writing this little ol’ blog, this was the very first recipe I posted. It’s the perfect children’s cooking experience for educators leading up to Christmas as they can be frozen in batches of 9 in individual zip lock bags. (So, each child makes ten of these balls – nine go into the bag, and one is to eat right then and there once they’ve washed their hands)

The set of 9 of these carob balls can be presented in a handmade box on your last day of family day care before you break up for the holidays.

The original recipe is carob for those who something a bit different or healthy for their Christmas Day sweets but feel free to substitute cocoa or cacao for a chocolate hit.



You’ll need:

  • 1 jar tahini
  • 1 jar honey
  • 250 grams carob powder
  • 2 cups rice puffs/rice bubbles
  • flaked coconut


  1. Firstly, add tahini and honey to a pot and pop it on the stove element on low heat until the two ingredients melt.  Add carob powder and mix well.
  2. Take off heat, and add rice puffs a little at a time until the rice is coated with the carob tahini mixture. (You may need to add a little more rice puffs- just be sure they are coated with brown sticky mixture)
  3. Fill a low sided container with coconut.
  4. Take one spoonful of mixture (a large tablespoon makes balls that are about the size of an Australian 20 cent piece) and roll it in coconut.  Place each ball on a tray. Continue until you have finished up the mixture.
  5. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving.
This recipe makes up two of these trays plus a few extra that you can nibble on with a cup of tea that night without spoiling the look of a full plate!  From woh to go, this takes about 20 minutes but you will be loved by all who taste these so it is time well spent.


(Another variation on the homemade foodie gift for parents is to add three of these balls along with three White Christmas balls and three Apricot-Coconut Bliss Ball in a handmade origami box, painted and folded by their children. We did this in my old preschool in 2012 and by all accounts, this was the parent’s favourite ever!)

One Response to “How to make carob balls with a twist -Carob Tahini Rice Puff balls”

  1. Anonymous

    last few days our group held a similar discussion about this subject and you show something we haven’t covered yet, appreciate that.

    - Kris

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