Sunflower Seed Butter and Oat Energy Balls are my new creamier, easy to make, energy bites. In case you were wondering yes, I do eat a lot of energy balls. They are easy to grab before and after a workout, in between meals, and packable for hikes and road trips. I even like to crumble them over my dairy-free ice cream.
Sometimes energy balls are just too darn dry and hard to form into balls; and after several hand surgeries I just couldn’t handle it. So today I decided to make some that mixed up fast and were super easy to work with.
I tend to grab the peanut butter a lot just out of habit…this time I reached further in the fridge for the sunflower seed butter. My two favorite brands of sunflower seed butter are, SunButter and Wild Friends, though I haven’t met too many brands I haven’t liked.
Who can enjoy this recipe?
- Gluten-free (certified gluten-free oats)
- Nut-free (omit macadamia nuts)
- Low FODMAP
To Make Sunflower Seed Butter and Oat Energy Balls You Will Need These Ingredients:
- Oat-fashioned oats ~ gluten-free if needed
- Quinoa flakes
- Unsweetened coconut
- Pure maple syrup
- Sunflower seed butter
- Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips ~ Enjoy Life for allergy-friendly
- Macadamia nuts ~ omit for nut-free
These oat energy balls are perfect for hot summer days because no oven is required and kids can help make them. Store them in the refrigerator or freezer, but feel free to eat them at room temperature.
Sunflower Seed Butter and Oat Energy Balls
- 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats ~ gluten-free if needed
- 2 Tbsp quinoa flakes
- 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp sunflower seed butter
- 2-3 Tbsp unsweetened coconut
- 2-3 Tbsp macadamia nuts crushed ~ omit for nut-free
- 2-3 Tbsp semi-sweet mini chocolate chips ~allergy-friendly if needed
- Mix everything except macadamia nuts and chocolate chips in a food processor. Mix well. Gently mix in macadamia nuts and chocolate chips being careful not to completely chop up the chocolate. I often transfer my mixture from the food processor to a bowl and stir in the chocolate chips.
- Form balls using about 1 1/2 Tbsp of dough. Eat right away, chill, or freeze.
Melt some chocolate chips in a bowl on low in the microwave and dip chilled balls one at a time. Freeze to set chocolate and enjoy a super delicious chocolate covered energy ball.