This is one of those recipes where you think, “wow, why don’t I make these more often.” The ingredients are staples in my pantry. Easy to make and nutrient dense. A perfect snack.
Sunflowers provide a vitamin and mineral punch. The B-complex vitamins are present such as niacin, folic acid, thiamin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin. Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper are the minerals that show up in high percentages. Rich in the amino acid tryptophan, vitamin E, and poly-unsaturated linoleic acid and mono-unsaturated oleic acid fatty acids.
Naturally sweet from the dates and the raw honey is a probiotic source. The flaxseed meal provides a boost of Omega 3 fatty acids, fiber and lignans.
Enjoy licking the food processor bowl and your fingers. I did!
1/4 cup raw honey
3/4 cup warm water (maybe less)
2 cups sunflower seeds – pulse in food processor
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
1 tablespoon vanilla
3/4 cup carob powder or cacao or cocoa
1/2 cup chopped dates
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pulse in food processor. Roll into balls. Roll in cocoa powder or coconut or chopped nuts. Or dip into melted chocolate.
Recipe adapted from “The Ultimate Allergy-Free Snack Cookbook”, by Judi and Shari Zucker