I was so glad to find this easy recipe for a transportable snack that I can make in large quantities. And like all my favorite recipes, they are fully customizable! You might substitute other nuts/seeds into this recipe or add something completely different like unsweetened cocoa powder, shredded coconut, cayenne powder (just a pinch), cinnamon, or even protein powder! You could even roll the balls in some of the powdered ingredients for a flavorful coating.
They are so easy to take to work or in the car and great for school lunches. I know that I would have loved these as a kid! And the slight sweetness helps soothe a craving for sweets WITHOUT spiking blood sugar!
Try freezing them and adding them into smoothies for a convenient dose of healthy fat and protein.
1/2 cup smooth peanut, cashew, or almond butter (make sure it’s more firm than runny)
1/3 cup hemp, sesame, chia seeds, or blended flax seeds
1/4 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons maple syrup, honey, or maybe agave nectar
1/4 cup raisins or dried fruit like cranberries, cherries, or blueberries
Combine the nut butter, seeds, and natural sweetener in a small bowl. Mix well with a fork. If too runny, try adding a bit more seeds (especially chia and flax which can act as binding agents). This mixture should be easy to form into small balls.
Add in the dried fruit and mix well.
With slightly damp hands, take a tablespoon sized clump and roll into small balls with a 1-inch diameter.
Eat as is or chill for an hour or more! You can even store them in the fridge and keep them cold.