No-Bake and Raw Sweets/ Vegan Recipes

Nut-and-Seed Energy Balls

Nut butter and seed energy balls

These intensely rich, super-seed and nut butter treats are meant to be consumed in small portions — one or two at a time — not scarfed down! Unlike other energy snacks, you need no blender or food processor to make them. This makes a great late-afternoon pick-me-up, post-workout snack, or even a good way to start the day. Use different nut butters, seeds, and dried fruits to vary it each time you make it.

Makes about 1 dozen

  • 1/2 cup organic smooth peanut, cashew, or almond butter
    (make sure it’s more firm than runny)
  • 1/3 cup hemp, sesame, or chia seeds, or as needed
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries, cherries, or blueberries

Combine the nut butter, seeds, and syrup in a small bowl. Work together with the tines of a fork. Depending on the texture of the nut butter, you may need to work in more seeds. It should be easy to take a small clump of this mixture and form into a ball.

Work in the dried fruit of choice. With slightly damp hands, roll small clumps into balls not more than 1 inch in diameter and arrange on a small plate. Eat at once, or refrigerate for an hour or so.

Nut butter and seed balls

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Ingrid
    February 6, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Delicious, thank you!

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    Heather Williams-McKenzie
    February 7, 2014 at 7:48 am

    I think I should make these today!

  • Reply
    Pepita Jimenez-Jacobs
    February 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Will certainly try this. Just noted ingredients now.

  • Reply
    Sue Herron CRNP
    March 3, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Man what a great base recipe!!! I substituted Nutella, also used up soy nut butter that no one ate, added Maca, chia and folks gobbled em up. I made a Synophrysbatch that was too gooey so rolled them in cacao powder, another batch in cinnamon, another batch in toasted shredded cocoanut. I have been looking for a gluten free recipe for my hemp hearts. All you need is a fork to mix it up

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    Sue Herron CRNP
    March 3, 2014 at 8:13 am

    And the only reason I left my professional designation is I plan to leave this recipe out and promote it with my patients.

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    Nava
    March 3, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Sue, I have no problem with you stating your credentials! I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe and faltered that you will be promoting it to your patients.

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