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.
Sunflower & Oat Balls adapted from
Sunflower Cinnamon Oat 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
- 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.
- 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.