These Blueberry Energy Balls are sure to be a new favorite! Made with sesame seeds and sunflower seeds these energy bites can be used for seed cycling or just a healthy snack!
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Blueberry Sesame and Sunflower Seed Energy Balls (For Seed Cycling)
These blueberry energy balls were developed to be used for seed cycling but the whole family loved them so much they turned from just being for me to becoming a family favorite.
What is Seed Cycling?
If you aren’t familiar with seed cycling it is the concept that there are certain nutrients are needed to support the female body during the different phases of her cycle. Women can help get these certain nutrients that are predominantly in different seeds by cycling through different seeds throughout her cycle.
Most commonly in the first phase (which is the first half of the cycle) you would have flaxseed and pumpkin seeds everyday.
In the second phase (the second half of the cycle) you would have sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. That is what these energy balls were made for!
Now I am not an expert into how this works or if you should try it. A lot of what I learned I read in the book The Better Period Food Solution by Tracy Lockwood Beckerman MS, RD, CDN. It is worth a read if you want to dig in further!
What I will say is that seeds in general are a healthy food often containing many nutrients our body needs so whether you are just wanting a new energy ball recipe or wanting to try out seed cycling this is a great recipe to try!
Last note before the recipe this is also a great energy balls recipe for nut allergies! Because the base is seeds and there are no nuts making it allergy friendly.
- Freeze Dried Blueberries – Freeze dried blueberries are found at most grocery stores and you can also buy them online, places like on Amazon.
- Sesame Seeds – Raw sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are high is monounsaturated fat, Iron, Omega-6, and Calcium.
- Sunflower Seeds – Raw sunflower seeds (unsalted too). Sunflower seeds are high in phosphorus, Vitamin E, Polyunsaturated Fats, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin C.
- Medjool Dates – Make sure the pits are removed!
- Oats – These can be either old fashioned or quick oats. Just don’t use steel cut oats!
- Cinnamon – For flavor, I though the cinnamon blended nicely with the blueberry, sort of like a pie!
For a complete detailed list of the ingredients continue towards the bottom of the page.
These blueberry energy balls will last about 2 weeks in the fridge. If you want to freeze them they can last a few months!
Add all of the ingredients to a food processor. Process together about 20 seconds. Add 1 tablespoon water.
Continue to process until the ingredients start to form one big ball together about 1 minute.
Transfer the mixture to a clean work area and divide into 16 equal pieces. Make each piece into a ball by rolling together between your hands. These store best in the refrigerator in an air tight container.
tips, tricks and questions
Are energy balls healthy?
These energy balls are jam packed with nutrients the body needs!
Some ideas to add variety:
- Try adding a little lemon zest instead of cinnamon.
- Replace the seeds with flax seeds and pumpkin seeds to make seed cycling phase 1 energy balls.
- Roll the balls in coconut flakes when they are newly formed.
- 1/2 cup freeze dried blueberries
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds
- 10 medjool dates, pits removed
- 1 cup old fashion or quick oats
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Add all of the ingredients to a food processor. Process together about 20 seconds. Add 1 tablespoon water.
- Continue to process until the ingredients start to form one big ball together about 1 minute.
- Transfer the mixture to a clean work area and divide into 16 equal pieces. Make each piece into a ball by rolling together between your hands. These store best in the refrigerator in an air tight container.
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Serving Size:2 balls
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 259Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 493mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 5gSugar: 24gProtein: 4g
Nutritional data is automated and might not be 100% accurate, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.