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. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September 2020

Katherine Martinelli


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

64 calories; total fat 2.9g 5% DV; saturated fat 0.3g; cholesterolmg; sodium 18mg 1% DV; potassium 70mg 2% DV; carbohydrates 9.1g 3% DV; fiber 1.1g 4% DV; sugar 6g; protein 1.4g 3% DV; exchange other carbs 1; vitamin a iu 4IU; vitamin cmg; folate 12mcg; calcium 11mg; ironmg; magnesium 24mg; added sugar 1g.