Sunflower Butter Balls or Peanut Butter Balls (Clean Eating, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Nut and Dairy Free options, Protein Powder Option)

This treat my girls and I made thisarvo for their after school snack. One of many ideas I have floating around in my head.  We  did 2 options so I could trial a lunch box (nut free) option so the kids can take them to school. Both are super yummy. The nut free option uses sunflower seed butter (which has sort of peanuty flavour, my almost 12 year daughter has freenut butter (sunflower seed butter) on her sandwhich for school everday!! Also for those who want more of a protein packed ball I have added some options for protein powder too. This is a bit of a change too from all my chocolate based balls!! This is a smaller style recipe as this was my trial today but you can double it to make more. It makes approx 6 balls.  I was calling the nut free option Freenut butter balls as thats the name of the sunflower seed butter but the girls liked the sound of sunflower butter balls instead 🙂

I really hope you all enjoy these ones as much as we all did.

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Sunflower Butter Balls or Peanut Butter Balls

4 Tbsp rolled oats
2 Tbsp Freenut butter (Sunflower seed butter) OR Peanut Butter depending on if you want it nut free or not.
2 Tbsp Chobani Greek Yoghurt* see note
2 tsp shredded coconut plus extra for rolling
1/2 tsp organic vanilla essence
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp rice malt syrup or honey

Simply mash all together with a spoon until well combined and roll into balls and then roll into the coconut, put in freezer to get slightly hard, store in the fridge or freezer (they will last longer in the freezer)

Notes:
* can use a soy based yoghurt for a Dairy Free option Or add extra nut butter or 1 Tbsp coconut oil (not melted instead)
* Add 1 Tbspn of vanilla or cookies and cream protein powder, you may need an extra tsp of chobani or seed or nut butter.
* option is to add roughly chopped dark chocolate about 1 Tbsp to the mix.

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Choc Caramel Snow Balls (Clean Eating, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Paleo/Vegan option)

Well you make one recipe and you discover a spin off recipe from it. And this one is goooooood! I had a thought, since the ‘caramel’ of the caramel tart was so amazing I thought mixed with cocoa or cacao this would be out of this world. So I whipped up another batch of the caramel (Date paste). added cocoa and rolled into the snowball shapes (flat on the bottom and rounded tops, you know the ones that are marshmallow covered in chocolate and coconut) then coated them in coconut. OMG!!!! I also tried this with protein powder and just as yummy!!

Choc Caramel Snow Balls

1/2 cup dried pitted dates
1 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp Almond butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp Cocoa

Optional 2 Tbsp chocolate protein powder.

Blend all ingredients, shape into balls (about a tablespoon of mixture)  or the snow ball shape (flat bottom and rounded tops). Then put in freezer to firm up. Store in airtight container in fridge or freezer (I prefer freezer so they last longer). If too sloppy add some shredded coconut to the mix or a little almond meal.

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Almond & Coconut Truffles (Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Low Fodmap, Clean Eating,Low Sugar)

My struggle seems to be snacks,  trying to be grain free, dairy free, gluten free, egg free is proving a real challenge for me but I’m slowly coming up with some ideas.  I have also been trying tofu and am absolutely loving it.  So will have hopefully some tofu recipes soon once I get the hang of using it and mixing it with other ingredients both sweet and savoury.

These are delicious and packed full of protein and healthy fats which will help fill you up between meals if you  feeling peckish why not try one of these to curb the hunger knowing you are getting so much more goodness than reaching for a processed protein bar!  I think I am best to store these in the freezer,  too hard to stop at just one!

Almond & Coconut Truffles

makes about 18 (depends on size of the balls though)

1 cup almond butter (you can easily subsitute this for your favourite nut butter too)

1 cup coconut flour

1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

1/4 cup rice malt syrup

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 tsp cinnamon (or leave out the vanilla and use 2 tsp of cinnamon)

2 Tbsp Chia seeds (I have a mix of black and white seeds) or flaxmeal

1/4 tsp himilayan salt (or sea salt)

1-2 Tbsp water

Coating ideas, carob powder (love this!), coconut, cocoa, almond meal or melt some dark chocolate and dip the balls in the chocolate.  Or  just have plain.  If you wanted something extra add in 1/2 cup choc chips or crushed nuts.

To make this  sugar free you can omit the rice malt syrup and have 1/4 cup of coconut oil instead although using rice malt syrup isnt a refined sugar its a natural sweetner made from rice and small amounts are used in sugar free recipes.

In a food processor combine everything except the  water.  Mix to combine, add water 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed until you get your desired consistency to roll the ball, a little sticky is fine as it helps the coating (if using) to stick.  Roll into balls and then roll into desired coating or leave plain.  Place in the freezer to chill then leave in the fridge (or keep stored in the freezer and let defrost a little before eating).

I have coated these in carob powder, almond meal and also coconut