Sometimes you just need a little satisfying chocolate to boost your energy and your mood in the afternoon. These chocolate sunflower seed butter energy balls strike just the right balance. Make them ahead of time for busy weeks or travels. Being prepared with your own healthy snacks will provide you with sustained energy between meals.
- 1/2 Cup Raw Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)
- 1/2 Cup Quinoa Flakes
- Pinch of Sea Salt
- 1/4 Cup 88 Acres Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter
- 1/2 Cup Pitted Dried Dates (I used Deglet Noor)
Using a food processor, blend together the pepitas, quinoa flakes and sea salt until the mixture resembles a rough flour. Be careful not to over-process! Remove mixture to a bowl and set aside. Blend the seed butter and dates in the food processor. Stop and scrape down the sides, if necessary. Once the mixture is fully combined, pour the seed and quinoa flour into the food processor. Process until the mixture all sticks together. Remove to the bowl. Line a small baking pan with parchment paper. Using slightly damp hands, spoon a tablespoon of the mixture into your hands to form a ball. Place the balls on the lined baking pan and freeze for 1 hour before enjoying, if desired.
- Recipe yields 10-12 energy balls
- For drier dates, soak them first in boiling water for 3 minutes
- Substitute sunflower seeds for pumpkin seeds, if desired
- Recipe can doubled
- Keep energy balls in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 2 weeks
Recipe contributed by Jessica Grosman, a Registered Dietitian, recipe developer, and culinary nutrition educator. Her goal is to excite people and get them into the kitchen to cook their own food and find better health through the food they prepare for themselves. She earned both a BS and MS in Nutrition, prior to completing a dietetic internship in 2001. Additionally, she graduated with honors from the Academy of Culinary Nutrition’s Culinary Nutrition Expert (CNE) program. Jessica’s passion is sharing her knowledge and education with others; she is experienced in teaching cooking & nutrition classes to a wide variety of audiences. She currently is working as a recipe developer, cookbook recipe tester, and teaches boutique cooking classes. When not in the kitchen creating deliciously nourishing recipes, Jessica enjoys reading, exercising, and traveling with her family.