SEED BITE POWER BALLS

paleo balls close up

(A Recipe by Practically Paleo Bites)

These tasty power balls are the brain child of Suzanne Mullowney of Practically Paleo Bites. My family is  one of the lucky taste testers for her new products so we get excited whenever we hear she is developing a new bar. These Power Balls are great for on-the-go healthy snacks, and are seed based so can be packed for school lunches as well. If you love them as much as we do you will probably also enjoy the Practically Paleo Hunger Gap Bars available at Food for Thought and The Real Food Market.

INGREDIENTS:

1/3 cup (62g) Medjool dates

1 cup dried apricots (unsulphured)

½ cup hemp hearts

1/3 cup organic sunflower seeds

Paleo Ingredients 21 cup organic pumpkin seeds divided (1/2 cup processed, ½ cup remain whole)

½ cup organic shredded coconut

1/8 cup organic chia seed

3 Tbsp of tahini

1/3 cup Unpasteurized honey

1/8 tsp pink Himalayan pink salt

VARIATIONS

¼ cup dried cranberries (sweetened with apple juice) or ¼ cup organic cacao nibs

METHOD

Place dried apricots in a small sauce pan and add ½ cup of water.  Heat until simmering and stir for 5 minutes or until apricots start to plump up.  Remove from stove and drain water.  Set aside.

Add ½ cup pumpkinseeds, sunflower seeds and hemp hearts to a food processor and pulse until finely ground (don’t over do it, some larger pieces are good too). Remove ground seeds and place in a mixing bowl.

Add pitted dates (use butter knife to cut date open and remove pit) and apricots to processor bowl.  Process until combined and paste-like.  Add processed dried fruits to bowl with processed seeds. Add remaining whole pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and shredded coconut and any of the variation ingredients, if using.  Mix to combine.

Paleo BallsAdd tahini, salt and honey to a small sauce pan and warm on low heat. Stir to mix the two fluid ingredients together.  Pour over seeds mixture in bowl and stir to combine.

Using slightly wet hands scoop a tablespoon of mixture and roll in between the palm of hands.  If hands become too sticky the balls will not form.  Rinsing hands to remove excess ingredients will help.  Place in a dish or container lined with parchment paper. Place dish or container in fridge or freezer to allow balls to firm up (15-30 minutes).

Practically Paleo Bites is a local business which provides grain and refined sugar free homemade foods. Check out the Practically Paleo Bites facebook page for more information on their nutrient dense, unprocessed and incredibly delicious foods.

Wondering where to find the ingredients for this recipe in St. John’s? Unsulphured apricots & tahini can be found at Food For Thought (84 Gower Street) and at all Bulk Barn locations in the city.  Tahini and organic cacao nibs can also be found at some Dominion & Sobeys locations. Organic pumpkin seeds can be found at The Natural Health Shop (16 Stavanger Drive) or Real Food Market (36 Pearson Street). Dried cranberries, organic cacao nibs and organic shredded coconut can be found at The Natural Health Shop (16 Stavanger Drive).

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