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Almond Butter Balls with Cacao Nibs & Sunflower Seeds

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In the endless search for the perfect protein bar, I found my way to Dale's Raw Bars. I love the mint chocolate chip, strawberry banana and chocolate peanut butter. But I wanted to try my hand at my own protein snack concoction. Something small, protein-loaded, satisfying, slightly sweet, a little crunchy, easy to make. Tall order, but I'm happy to report...I did it! Yup, 4 grams of protein per ball - and they taste like raw cookie dough! On a side note, not sure if you noticed, but my son pointed out that all I make are nuts and balls. He's 15, so I'll let that go.

Here's the nutrition breakdown...

Protein - 4. Fat - 6. Carbs - 4. Sugar - 2. Cal - 76. Sodium - 16.


  • 2/3 cup almond butter (fresh ground from Whole Foods)

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 1 scoop unflavored organic pea protein (I like 365 brand)

  • 1 T organic raw honey (liquefied)

  • 1-2T sunflower seeds

  • 1-2 T coconut flakes

  • 1-2 T cacao nibs

  • 1/4 cup quinoa flakes

  • 1/4 cup shaved coconut for topping


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

  • Line a baking dish with parchment paper.

  • Roll balls - makes roughly 20 balls.

  • Roll balls in shaved coconut if desired.

  • Place balls on baking sheet and place in fridge for at least 30 minutes.

  • Transfer to an air-tight container and store in fridge. Eat up within one week.

Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 20 balls

HEARTFUL RECIPE - One of our real food recipes that focuses on veggies, protein, healthy fats and/or healthy carbs and doesn't include gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, corn or peanuts.

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