Sunflower Cinnamon Energy Balls

Sunflower Cinnamon Energy Balls

These Sunflower Cinnamon Energy Balls are fast, oil-free, nut-free, delicious and perfect for kids too! Bursting with cinnamon and a wonderful sunflower butter flavor, these are truly delicious and healthy.

Thanks to Sarah over at Gazing In, I had the pleasure of making this recipe. I changed it some to make it gluten-free and adapt to my love of cinnamon. I just love them! Go check out her blog! This is perfect if your little ones are allergic to nuts as well!

When I saw these Sunflower Cinnamon Balls, late at night mind you, I eagerly awaited til morning so I could make them. I slightly adapted it to make it gluten-free. Also, instead of buying sunbutter from the store (which has added oil and sugar usually), I just made my own. It was super easy. I just threw all the ingredients in a food processor and voila, that was it, took me less than 10 minutes to do everything. I also added cinnamon to them which made them even more amazing, I love to have my daily dose of cinnamon because it is so good for you and the taste is incredible. I made them gluten-free by using oat flour instead of wheat and they held together perfectly.

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Sunflower Cinnamon Oat Balls

These Sunflower Cinnamon Oat Balls are fast, nut-free, delicious and perfect for kids too! Bursting with cinnamon and a wonderful sunflower butter flavor, these are truly delicious and healthy.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 9 balls


  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds mine had salt on them, so no need to add salt to the recipe
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats use gluten-free oats if you're gluten sensitive
  • 1/4 cup oat flour I just grind up a bunch of oats and keep the oat flour stored in the fridge to use for recipes, just make sure to measure out a 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • good pinch of salt


  1. Add the first 3 ingredients (sunflower seeds, syrup and vanilla) to a food processor and pulse for a couple of minutes until smooth and creamy, scraping the sides a couple of times during. Next, add the remaining ingredients and pulse until a ball forms and all the mixture comes together.
  2. Scoop all the batter out and form mini balls and roll them into cinnamon powder. It helps to slightly dampen your hands with water when rolling the balls. Otherwise you could chill the batter in the freezer for a few minutes, but it's totally not necessary. Sarah rolled hers in powdered sugar, so you could of course do that too if you like! They hold together at room temperature, but I stored mine in the fridge just to keep them firm.



  1. Yum, Brandi! I love the chocolate chip + cinnamon combo; you cannot go wrong with that =) Hope all is well, lovely, and hope you're having a fabulous week. Thanks as always for sharing! xo!
    • I agree Christina! Cinnamon makes everything better and it also makes them sweeter! Thank you sweetie! xoxo
  2. jalal michael sabbagh.
    Great Gluten - free recipe.My Daughter will love it.Thank you for sharing.jalal
  3. Love your version! :-)
    • Thank you so much for the recipe...try the cinnamon next time, yummy! I baked one up as a cookie too and it was good, but I preferred the raw version because it was sweeter. I am totally inspired to make some sunbutter bars now...
  4. these sound great!
  5. I don't think I could eat just one ball my friend :)Cheers Choc Chip Uru
  6. I love your version! These look deeeelish! I'm with Uru, I couldn't eat just one! Gimmie dat whole plate!
  7. YUM! Sarah has inspired many of my recipes as well. Snack time!
  8. These sound really yummy, super easy too! Gotta love that just love it when healthy food tastes delicious!
    • They really are...seriously addicting! I'm making a double batch tomorrow, which is probably a bad idea because I'll eat them all! :)
  9. These look great Brandi! I am also a big fan of cinnamon. I hope you are well. :)
    • Thank you Ally! Cinnamon makes everything better. Yes, I'm great...just trying to play catch up..I've been super busy. Hope you are doing great :)
  10. These look so yummy and easy to make! This recipe would be a great addition to 5-Ingredient Mondays (, which is a blog link-up- if you're interested :)
    • Oh thank you so much for letting me know Erin! They are incredibly easy...almost too easy!
  11. I love Sarah's site too, and yours! I think I found yours through Sarah's, or vice versa :) Anyway, this recipe looks fantastic and I'm a huge fan of throwing stuff in a food processor and not having to dirty a bunch of bowls or use the oven. Can't wait to try these! -Dana
    • I agree Dana! I wanted to make my own sun butter, so I just decided to throw the remaining ingredients in there and it was super easy! I will probably be doing that with so many more recipes now! You will love them :)
  12. Cinnamon makes me so happy :) This looks great! I wonder if they would taste good cooked too?!
    • I agree...cinnamon is very addicting for me! Yes, I actually cooked one of the balls as a cookie. It was tasty for sure, but I preferred them raw, because they were sweeter :)
  13. Brandi! :) It's so nice to see your post again. This is such a great alternative to Sarah's. I love the amount of cinnamon you have used. I can almost smell it from here. :)
    • Aww thanks Danny! The cinnamon is so incredible...rolling them in cinnamon powder might be a bit much for some, but honestly if you love cinnamon, these are heaven. It actually makes them sweeter :)
  14. That looks so unusual :) I love cinnamon too! What's "sunbutter" though? I've never heard of it?
    • It is a nut free butter made from sunflower seeds. I noted above in the recipe how to make it. It is healthier option than the store bought kind because the store kind has oil and sugar added usually. :)
      • Wow, that's clever. I'd never heard of it here in South Africa...
  15. Yup, pretty much love Sarah, and all her recipes. She's amazing! As is your take on this!

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