Ode to the Sun-Pumpkin Ball
Oh my wee Sun-Pumpkin Ball… how do you taste so good when you are so small? You melt in my mouth… bring gaiety to my soul… oh my wee Sun-Pumpkin Ball.
And now you know how much cheesiness I am capable of.
These little grain-free, nut-free Sun-Pumpkin Energy Balls are something I whipped up this afternoon after grabbing a Larabar at the grocery store and realizing they really aren’t much more than dates and seeds…
or dates and chocolate…
or dates and…
you get the point.
$3+ for something so simple? No thanks!
These are Rabble Rouser kid approved and will make the perfect afternoon snack. I may even try them with my morning frappe for a light breakfast when I’m in a hurry.
They take minutes to make and are super easy. Might be a good idea to ration them out and freeze some or hide them from your kids (or yourself)… they go fast!
- 1 cup sliced pitted dried dates
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds
- ½ cup raw unsalted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- dash of Real Salt
- Place dates and cranberries in food processor. Blend on high. Allow to blend through the ball stage until it separates again.
- Add the seeds and salt. Blend until it hits the ball stage again.
- Roll into balls.
Ingredients we love:
Update on November 10:
I received a note about the recipe, that it was all crumbly.
I did re-try the recipe today and it still worked for me, so I thought I’d post some tips so everyone can make sure it’s turning out well for them.
Explanation of “ball stage” in directions:
I wasn’t sure what to call this phenomenon but I realize those terms might be vague. When you are blending, the fruit or seeds it will first be more like a meal for quite a while… KEEP BLENDING! It will suddenly hit a point where it rolls up into a ball. Remember to follow the stages above, doing the fruit first, continue blending even after it reaches the ball stage until it separates again. Then add the seeds and blend again until it rolls up into a ball, then stop.
Make sure your fruit is not too dry.
I know that seems silly… it’s dried fruit, but there is also too dry. I keep my dried fruits in the refrigerator and they still feel slightly moist or sticky to the touch. If your fruit is dry as rocas, it might not work. My guess is it will eventually if you blend forever, but you’ll have much more success with soft fruit.
I have been adding about 1/2-1 tsp coconut oil into mine sometimes as well.
It works without it, but I like the texture with the coconut oil… extra smooth, plus they don’t stick to your fingers quite so bad when you’re rolling.
If you’re still not having success, my only other thought is maybe the food processor you’re using isn’t powerful enough.
Mine isn’t anything fancy, but I know I’ve tried other smaller ones in the past and they didn’t really do the trick for me.
New update: I doubled the recipe the other day and it turned out all crumbly! Agh! So… lesson learned: must use the right proportion for the size of your food processor. I think mine is an 8 cup. (I will figure it out and let you know sometime.)
Let me know your favorite way to eat them!
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