back-to-school snack week

Hope everyone is having a splendid weekend! Today my goal is to run, cook up something yummy, get this house cleaned up and do some relaxing.

School clothes have been bought, haircuts have been had and we have supplies out the wazoo! I know some kiddos have already started back to school, but in my area most kiddos start back on the 27th.

I don’t know about you, but my kids eat a snack during school and then want a snack after school. That adds up to a lot of snacking! So, everyday this next week; I will be posting a kid-friendly snack recipe. If you don’t have kids, don’t worry……these snacks are all Mom and Dad approved too.

One of our family’s favorite healthy snacks is sunpower crunch balls. These are good by themselves, crumbled in yogurt, or with cereal in unsweetened vanilla almond milk. We wouldn’t want the kids to get any ideas, but they’re also pretty good crumbled in vanilla ice cream…..;) There are many versions of these floating around the blogosphere and I have tried a few of them and this one is my favorite. It has just the right sweetness and I love the crunch that the brown rice cereal gives them. This recipe is also vegan, gluten, nut and allergen free.

These are super easy to throw together in a food processor. The ingredients you’ll need are dates, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, vanilla, and brown rice krisp cereal.

Start by grinding the sunflower seeds. Then transfer those into a medium bowl and grind the dates. Throw all other ingredients in with the dates and pulse until mixture sticks together easily. Use your hands to form balls.

sunpower crunch ball
Recipe Type: snack
Author: kim@hungryhealthygirl, adapted from ashley@edible perspective
Prep time: 15 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Healthy snack to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Ingredients
  • 12 medjool dates, pitted (These are super easy to pit, by using kitchen shears to cut the date and take the pit out.)
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds, ground up (Any nut would work.)
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips (Enjoy Life Foods is a great brand to use. These chips include nothing artificial and are free of the 8 most common allergens.)
  • ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup brown rice krisp cereal (My family loves Environkidz Koala Crisp by Nature’s Path. Brown rice cereal is much better for you than white krispies.)
Instructions
  1. Grind/pulse seeds in your food processor, until mealy. Measure out 1 cup. Don’t grind so far that you end up with sunflower seed flour. Use any access for yogurt or salad topping.
  2. Empty seeds into a bowl, place pitted dates in the food processor and grind until small sticky pieces are left.
  3. Add seeds back into the food processor bowl, along with chocolate chips, vanilla and cereal. Pulse until combined and mixture holds together.
  4. Shape and roll into balls.
Notes

These keep well in the refrigerator in a baggie or plastic container.
Makes 10-12 balls, depending on size.

 

This might not be a meal, but it’s definitely packed with clean & real ingredients to power you through a day of work; or your kids through a day at school. Visit Kasey at powercakes.net for more powermeal ideas.

Comments

  1. I like your idea to use dates. I haven’t tried that before–but I certainly love ‘em. I make a similar “energy bite” that we keep on hand for snacking. Aren’t they the best? I love the bite-size, easy to grab-n-go, tastes delicious, and it’s healthy!
    Michelle @ Eat Move Balance Need a Snack? Popcorn! With Coconut Oil!My Profile

    • I use dates to sweeten lots of things; like granola bars, cake bars and even smoothies. The only problem with being bite size, is that I keep wanting to go back for just one more bite. ;)

  2. I always look forward to your powermeal a week recipe because I know it will be something great! I really like this recipe idea and it is perfect for back to school or work snacks!
    Danielle @ clean food creative fitness Paleo/Primal High Protein PizzaMy Profile

  3. Oh this is such a good idea! I’ve made something kind of similar with other nuts and dates before, but never sunflower seeds. Fantastic idea. Even though I don’t have kids, I’m totally making this.
    Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear I’ve decided it’s Autumn. Aight?My Profile

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