When the need to eat something sweet calls your name - power up with these! Packed with protein, full of healthy ingredients and they taste delicious.
1/2 cup nut butter [I use NuttZo or Once Again Cashew Butter]
1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
1 cup organic oats [I use One Degree Organic Foods]
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. chia seeds*
2 tbsp. hemp hearts*
2 tbsp. flax meal*
1/4 cup unsweetened toasted coconut
1 - 2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup [chocolate chips [I use Hu, Lily's or Bake Believe]
Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until mixed.
Add 1-2 tbsp. water if mixture is too stiff.
Roll into 16 balls.
Store in refrigerator.
Notes. - These balls aren't super sweet, so feel free to increase the sweetener . Toasting the sunflower seeds and coconut really makes a difference. *You can use chia, hemp and flax or just choose one and increase the amount to 6 tablespoons.
Joy Balls - Reduce oats to 2/3 cup, add 2/3 cup toasted coconut, use almond butter, omit sunflower seeds and add 1/4 cup toasted almonds
Fall Balls - Add 1-2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin, 1/4 cup toasted pecans or walnuts.
Doube Chocolate Balls - Add 1/4 cup cocoa power, roll the balls in finely chopped dark chocolate.
White Chocolate Cranberry Balls - Use almond or cashew butter, honey, 1/4 cup dried cranberries, 1/4 cup Bake Believe white chocolate chips.
Oatmeal Raisin Balls - Use cashew or almond butter, maple syrup, 1/2 cup raisins, increase cinnamon to 2 teaspoons.