Monday, February 6, 2012

No-Cook Peanut Butter Balls

I made these for a Superbowl treat yesterday and they came out better than expected! You could make these with any sort of nut butter or alternative (sunflower seed butter, for example) and if you use a raw nut butter they would be a great raw food treat! My kids loved these and they don't normally eat sunflower seeds.

Peanut Butter Ball Recipe (adapted from Dr Sears' Nutbutter Balls), makes about 15 one inch balls

½ cup raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup unsweetened peanut butter (or alternative of your choice)
½ cup raw sesame seeds
½ cup raw sunflower seeds (hulled)
½ cup rolled oats (old fashioned style, not instant)
¼ cup ground flax
scant ¼ cup raw agave nectar or raw honey
finely shredded unsweetened coconut

Mix all ingredients except coconut in a medium bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine thoroughly. It will get pretty stiff so really put some muscle into it! Put some shredded coconut into a small bowl. Form approximate one inch balls with the peanut butter mixture and roll in the coconut to coat. Depending on the coarseness of your coconut, you may need to pulse it in a food processor a few times to make smaller bits that adhere to the balls better. Enjoy immediately or place in an airtight container and store in refrigerator.

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