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Nut-and-Seed Energy Balls

Nut butter and seed energy balls

These rich Nut-And-Seed Energy Balls are a great late-afternoon pick-me-up, post-workout snack, or delicious breakfast—and the recipe is super simple! 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. Use different nut butters, seeds, and dried fruits to vary it each time you make it.

Nut-and-Seed Energy Balls

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 tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries, cherries, or blueberries


  1. 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.
  2. 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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  • Reply
    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!

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

    Will certainly try this. Just noted ingredients now.

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    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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    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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