Every once in awhile I like to try my hand at creating a recipe. Yesterday was one of those days! I've had a breakfast ball recipe that I've been making for a year or so, and from that recipe, I created a breakfast cookie. Both of those recipes had aspects that I didn't like. The breakfast ball base is oatmeal, and the breakfast cookie base is oats and bananas. While both dairy and gluten free, I just wanted something that I was IN LOVE with. And so, I present to you...Sustaina-BALLS! Thanks to my awesome local What's Cookin', Mama? Facebook group and one of it's members, Ashley B. for the epic name suggestion!
- 10 medjool dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup of ground flax seed
- 1/4 cup of gluten free oats*
- 1/4 cup of hemp hearts
- 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup of chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup of your choice of nut butter*, or a mixture of nut butters and/or coconut oil
*Notes: You can choose to omit the oats if you'd like a grain free snack. If you do choose to omit the oats, be sure to lessen the amount of nut butter you use. Alternatively, you could add a pinch more of the rest of the dry ingredients to equal a 1/4 cup and keep the nut butter ratio the same.
If you would like to add sweetener, you can choose to add some raw honey or pure maple syrup. If you do this, be sure to lessen the amount of nut butter you use. However, these are delicious without ANY added sweetness! And much healthier for you. ;)
This recipe makes around 20 balls, depending on how large or small you create them.
- Put all of the pitted dates into the food processor and then blend until they are a paste.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients, holding back a little of the nut butter for later. Blend.
- Test to see if you need to add more nut butter by seeing if the mixture stays together when you squeeze it in the palm of your hand. If it sticks together without falling apart, then it's done! If not, add some more nut butter and blend until it's the correct consistency.
- Shape into balls using your hands and set on a plate. Place the plate in the fridge for about an hour to allow the Sustaina-BALLS to harden up, and then store them in an airtight container for later snacking! These will last a couple weeks in the fridge, or a handful of days out on the counter.
This recipe is SO flexible and you can change up the ingredients and ratios any way you'd like!
These balls make a great all-occasion snack. As long as they are in a container that can't crush, they travel well and provide lots of good protein! They also will make you thirsty, so be sure to have water on hand. Pack them to take camping or hiking, or just for a picnic in the park.
What are your favorite go-to snacks? I'd love to hear about them since I'm always on the lookout for new things to add to the kitchen!