SUNFLOWER BUTTER ENERGY BALLS

 

These are the perfect bite size energy balls to make ahead and have throughout the week. If they will even last that long. There may have been a few casualties before I even finished taking these pictures. (There totally was.)

 

Oatmeal based energy bites are not a new concept, but these are packed with some hidden healthy fats and proteins that not only taste delicious but will actually keep you satiated for a while.  I started with Sunflower Butter instead of peanut butter. You still get the protein, but with some added healthy fats and more of a nutritional punch. It’s also a great alternative for people with a nut allergy and is safer for the little ones to take to school.  I also added Hemp seeds and shredded unsweetened coconut. Hemp seeds are a very digestible protein and a great source of the essential fatty acid Omega 3.  And of course, we have to add the chocolate chips just for fun.  I like to use dairy free, dark chocolate mini chocolate chips for this recipe. Finish it off with some raw, local honey to hold it all together and you got yourself a great little ball of nutritional energy!

 

 

I love to have these with my morning coffee on days I have an early commute and need a portable breakfast option or they are great to pop in the freezer and then into a lunch box if you have little ones. Enjoy!

 

 

Sunflower Butter Energy Balls
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

A simple, 6 ingredient, no bake & gluten free energy ball recipe

Servings: 12 balls
Author: realfoodrocker
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Gluten Free Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetned Coconut Flakes
  • 1/4 Cup Hemp Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Sunflower Seed Butter (Unsweetened if possible)
  • 1/8 to 1/4 Cup Honey (Raw & Local if possible)
  • 1/8 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl and stir together.

  2. Take about a tablespoon of the mixture and roll into about a golf ball size ball.

    (If you find that the balls are little crumbly, drizzle a little more honey and mix together to make the mixture more tacky. If I have sweetened sunflower butter, I start with 1/8 cup and only add more if the mixture is too dry. If it is unsweetened, I will add up to 1/4 cup of honey.)

  3. Place the balls on non greased baking sheet and refrigerate for about 15 minutes to firm.

  4. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer.

 

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