Sunflower Fig Balls – Just 4 ingredients and 5 minutes is all you need for these sweet little sugar free bites! A healthy snack that won’t ruin your diet!
Happy Halloween! Today is a day filled with ghosts, witches, goblins, and the scariest of all – SUGAR! No doubt your kids (and probably you) will eat your month’s lot of sugar today alone. I am not immune to this debacle, I have been known to sneak plenty of Halloween candy when no one is looking. This year I purposely bought candy that I don’t like so I wouldn’t be tempted. And then, I whipped up a batch of these Sunflower Fig Balls, so when my sweet tooth strikes I have something healthy to grab. With absolutely no added sugar, these little bite size balls are plenty sweet and satisfying. There’s nothing scary about these…I’m happy to report, the kiddos loved them too!
Only 4 ingredients (5, if you count lemon zest and lemon juice as two, even though they come from the same piece of fruit) and about 5 minutes is all you need until you are savoring a bite of this figgy goodness. The “dough” is quick and easy to make, coming together all in a food processor.
These energy balls are soft and practically melt in your mouth, but they still have that little pop from the fig seeds, which I love. The sunflower seeds give them a protein packed punch along with vitamin E, several B vitamins, copper, phosphorus, folate and much more! The figs provide fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and more.
Initially, my plan was just to use figs, sunflower seeds and lemon, but I felt it needed a little something more. I remembered the delicious Banana Cookies with Figs and Cardamom from Win-Win Food that I tried a few months ago and I knew cardamom was the answer! I only added 1/4 tsp because I just wanted a little hint of it in the background, but feel free to add a 1/2 tsp if you want a little more.
And then, just to make sure I didn’t leave out any texture component, I rolled half of the fig balls in crushed sunflower seeds for a beautiful powdery coating.
Sunflower Fig Balls
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Sunflower Fig Balls - Just 4 ingredients and about 5 minutes is all you need for these sweet little sugar free bites! A healthy snack that won't ruin your diet!
- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
- In a food processor, pulse 2 tbsp of sunflower seeds until the consistency is almost like flour. A few little chunks are fine. Do not over process as it will become sticky. Pour into a small bowl and set aside.
In the same food processor, place 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, figs, lemon zest, lemon juice, and cardamom. Processes until it forms a sticky dough.
- Roll about a tbsp of dough into a ball. I used a small cookie scoop for this to ensure they were all the same size. Repeat with the remaining dough until gone.
- Roll each ball (or as many as you want) into the processed sunflower seed "flour."
- They are ready to enjoy immediately.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
~This recipe could easily be doubled or halved.
~These Sunflower Fig Balls will keep in the freezer as well. Lay them out on a plate or cookie sheet in one single layer and put in the freezer. Once frozen, you can place them all in a freezer bag for easy storage.