Craisins and dried figs do double duty as sweeteners and binders to make these easy energy balls both tasty and practical. These portable snacks mix in sunflower butter for plenty of protein. They’re ready in just 25 minutes and can be stored in your freezer for easy snacking.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ¾ cup dried cranberries
- ¾ cup dried figs
- ½ cup sunflower seed butter
- 3 tablespoons hemp seed (see Tip)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 pinch Pinch of salt
- Step 1
Combine oats, cranberries, figs, sunflower seed butter, hemp seed, honey, vanilla and salt in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped, 10 to 20 times, then process for about 1 minute, scraping down the sides as necessary, until the mixture is crumbly but can be pressed to form a cohesive ball.
- Step 2
With wet hands (to prevent the mixture from sticking to them), squeeze about 1 tablespoon of the mixture tightly between your hands and roll into a ball. Place in a storage container. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
Tip: Hemp seeds are sold either raw (sometimes labeled hemp hearts) or toasted. Both will work in this recipe; the latter will add a bit of crunch.
Serving Size: 1 Ball
64 calories; protein 1.4g 3% DV; carbohydrates 9.1g 3% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 1.1g 4% DV; sugars 6g; fat 2.9g 5% DV; saturated fat 0.3g 1% DV;