Raw Sunflower Seed Protein Balls
Sometimes you need a cookie. Well for me, I kind of need a stash of cookies. That said, I would rather have my cookies be full of nutrients, not empty calories. Almonds, sunflower seeds and cacao nibs are full of nutrients! And these little guys are great travelers so if you need something for your lunch, or car trip, pick them!
The cookies start with a base of sunflower almond butter (recipe to follow) and with the quick addition of oats, coconut sugar and cacao nibs, rolled into little spheres of delight. And did you know that there are studies that say that people who eat nuts every day tend to live longer? Check out Nuts May Extend Your Life over at one of my favorite sites, NutritionFacts.org.
These protein balls are high calorie and as you know, I am not one of those raw food people that promote pigging out on the desserts. As always, eat in moderation as a wonderful treat to your healthy diet. These do have a little coconut oil in them but a very small amount if you figure there is less than 1/12th of a tablespoon in each cookie.
Click the link in the recipe for our favorites. Don’t be afraid, they taste great and bring just the right amount of chocolate without all the other undesirable ingredients of chocolate chips.
makes 20-24 cookies
- 2 cups almonds
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup raw oat flakes
- 1/2 + 1/4 cup coconut sugar, divided
- 1/2 cup cacao nibs
- small pinch Himalayan salt
- 2 tablespoons coconut butter (can omit and just 2 tablespoons water)
- Place almonds and sunflower seed in high-speed blender and blend until very smooth. Alternatively, make the nut-butter following the instructions here: Almond Butter
- Mix all ingredients together using 1/2 cup coconut sugar.
- Roll into balls and roll in remaining coconut sugar.
- Refrigerate to set.