There are SO many different variations out there for making energy balls, the majority of which use peanut butter. I’m a peanut butter fan, but I think too much of it may not be the greatest. Peanuts contain a substance called aflatoxin, which may be toxic to our health. There’s some confusion because experts are saying it’s such a small amount and the health benefits of consuming peanuts outweigh the body processing the aflatoxin. (Although, grab yourself some African peanuts which supposedly don’t have aflatoxin and have more health benefits). The main reason why I recommend branching out from peanut butter, is to get the most out of eating the nutrients from a variety of different foods. There are a ton of DELICIOUS nut and seed butters out there.
Enter Sunflower Seed Butter. The first time I became acquainted with it was inside chocolate sunflower butter cups at Trader Joe’s. I was SO in love with the flavour that I got a jar of the sunflower seed butter. THEN, fast forward to yesterday when I saw sunflower butter at the bulk store. So, clearly it’s not entirely new… but it’s new to me!
It’s my inspiration for these bites of heaven. My other inspiration is my downstairs neighbour and soul sister, Ashley. (FYI, check out her blog The Ashley Rhapsody). She is very quickly approaching her baby due date and mentioned that she wanted to make some energy balls to freeze and have on hand for when baby is born.
I was definitely inspired to make the healthiest energy balls I could think of. Instead of rolled oats, I used quinoa flakes. Again, there is nothing wrong with oats, but quinoa flakes are so light and perfect for this recipe. AND, quinoa is also an added source of protein on top of the sunflower butter. I’ve also added in a bit of flax for the omegas, and maca powder for a little extra energy and stamina!
These are great for an afternoon pick-me-up, pre- or post-workout snack, dessert, or to enjoy whenever! They can be frozen for up to a month (but I guarantee they won’t last that long!)
You will need a food processor. (RIP my Braun Processor which has lasted 12 years!! Send me your food processor recommendations…) Blend up the soaked dates with the peanut butter on high speed. Add the rest on a lower speed until just combined. Form into balls, refrigerated until firm, and BAM.
These Sunflower Quinoa Energy Bites are:
- Refined oil-free
No-Bake Sunflower Quinoa Energy Balls
- Food Processor
- 1 cup fresh medjool dates soaked
- 1 cup sunflower seed butter
- 3 cups quinoa flakes
- 3 tbsp maca powder
- 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Soak your dates for roughly four hours (or longer)
- In a food processor, combine dates and sunflower butter on high speed until smooth.
- Add maca powder, flax seeds, and salt.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend on slow speed until combined.
- Shape into balls. Refrigerate until firm and enjoy.