Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Sunflower & Pumpkin Seed No-Bake Energy Balls

I told you you'd be seeing more of these babies!

You may remember a certain post about Biscoff No-Bake Energy Balls... well I am telling you... if you don't go make a version of these something bad is going to happen to you.

Alright, I'm not a mind reader, and I'm not someone who foretells the future (what are those even called???) So I cant reaaaaaaally tell you something bad will happen to you.

I'm just sayin. You better keep an eye out behind you. If you're not careful, you might get pelted in the back by some of these by me.

Ok, I wont really do that. But mostly because I want to eat them all. And I know you will want to too! So you really need to go make these!

Like now. So they're ready for brekkie tomorrow.

They are so inCREDIBLY easy to make! One bowl, one spoon, two measuring cups (or none if you're lazy like me {sometimes} when it comes to measuring), two hands to roll, and BAM! Done :)

And as if you needed more convincing, here I go giving it to you...

They are healthy.

They don't taste like they are healthy.

But they are healthy.

They have peanut butter (yum!)

They have honey (yum!)

They have chocolate chips (DOUBLE yum!!)

And they have all these other healthy ingredients for you, like sunflower seeds, and flax seed, and...

Pumpkin seeds :)

I used raw pumpkin seeds, roasted but unsalted sunflower seeds, and raw flax seed that I ground up myself. But you can buy pre-ground flax seed at the store, and you can also use wheat germ instead of the flax seed.

This recipe is only slightly adapted from Ali's recipe of No-Bake Energy Bites, who slightly adapted hers from Smashed Peas and Carrots, but I couldn't help but wonder what it would taste like to have some different seeds in there. Also dying to try a few new flavors, so you know those ones will be showing up on here too. Keep checking on back here to see!

You know what? I think I might even like these ones more than my Biscoff Energy Balls!

*GASP*

I know! Even without the Biscoff, these energy balls are the bomb!

Sorry about the 90's slang. Something came over me and I couldn't control it.

But I think I'm back now.

I'm going to stop talking before I start saying things like "off the heasy" and "yo so phat".

NOTE: on the Biscoff Energy Balls, I stated that I used quick oats, and I thought old fashioned would be better. I used old fashioned oats in this recipe, and it was much better! Try using those :)

Sunflower & Pumpkin Seed No-Bake Energy Balls | Printable Recipe
makes 30 1" balls

ingredients:
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy, and loved it, but feel free to use smooth instead)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla, to preference
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used minis)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/8 cup raw pumpkin seeds
directions:
  1. Combine all ingredients into one bowl and mix with spoon until fully combined.
  2. Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to firm a little.
  3. Using hands, roll into 1" balls.
  4. Place back in refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to eat. Will last at least a week :)
Slightly adapted from Gimme Some Oven 

Original recipe from Smashed Peas and Carrots



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20 comments :

  1. Yum! I was just looking for a recipe like this, gonna go grab the ingredients today!

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    1. Yes! Let me know how they turn out Tiff :)

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  2. Love recipes like this! Perfect for snacking on!

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  3. Wow this looks delicious. I can't wait to try it.
    Check out my blog if you get a chance. It would mean a lot to me!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you do get to try it :)

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  4. Oh I like the look of these! So, so soooo much! And really I need a change from the Fiber 1 bars Ben insists I buy every week haha These look so much better!

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    1. Haha! Seriously, we've been eating them every morning and as afternoon snacks. They are so great to always have on hand, and so easy to make!

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  5. Yum! These are definitely healthy treats I need in my life. Can't wait to make a batch of my own. :) Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Of course! I hope you do get to, and I hope you love them :)

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  6. I've tried something really similar and they're so good! I like to leave out the seeds and healthy junk, though. ;) Weird, huh? And I love that second to last picture!

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    1. Haha! Thats ok, I suppose! You get plenty of healthy in your diet with all the amazing things you make. So it makes up for that ;)

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    2. And thank you Erin for the sweet compliment on the picture! :)

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  7. Love these! I need to keep them around for snacking every day.

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    1. That's exactly what I do Carrian :) They are so easy to make, its hard to justify not having them around all the time ;)

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  8. full of ideas!
    It quickly becomes addicted to your recipes! And So pretty these pictures!!

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  9. Made this today with my daughters and everyone really liked the balls. Towards the end of the "dough" it got really crumbly and we couldn't form balls anymore. Do you have any suggestions as to what we could do to fix that next time?

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    1. Hi Amanda!! I'm so glad you tried these!! I'm sorry they didn't stick that well for you. I have had this issue too. I think adding more peanut butter or honey (which ever one you prefer) to give it just slightly more liquid ingredients. But I would start small like 1-2 Tbsp and go from there. You can also try squeezing it between your hand to see if you can force it to stay in a ball. I hope this helps!! I'm really happy you made them and hope you enjoyed them

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  10. Adding a little coconut oil to the energy balls helps with shelf life and adds nutritious fatty acids to the mix as well!

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  11. I used the kitchen aide dough hook to mix, so much easier than the spoon!

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