Raisin and Seed Energy Balls

23 Mar
Raisin and Seed Energy Balls. Photo by Jess B.

Raisin and Seed Energy Balls. Photo by Jess B.

So as to keep to my New Year’s Resolution to eat healthily I’ve been on the look out for different healthy snack ideas. I recently stumbled upon a gem of a recipe for a seed and raisin bite. It gives enough sweetness, with the hit of raisins, to satisfy my sugar craving, whilst being healthy, nutritious and rich with protein from all the seeds. The flavour of fresh orange shines through adding a touch of freshness and making these balls a very tasty snack indeed.

These little balls are quick and easy to make and ideal for a lower energy ME / CFS day as the food processor does all the hard work for you. All that is left for you to do yourself is to roll the mixture into little balls and this can be done sitting down at your kitchen table. If your arms start to ache you can always take a break and come back to it later, the mixture won’t spoil. Once rolled into bitesized balls (and I guess the mixture in it’s ‘unrolled’ form too) will happily keep covered in the fridge for at least a week – if you can stop from eating them all much sooner than that! They are both satisfying and moreish.

So all in all both in terms of the making and the eating these little balls make an ideal snack for everyone, including those with ME / CFS.

Photo by Jess B.

Photo by Jess B.

To make Seed and Raisin Energy Balls you will need:

  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 sesame seeds
  • 1/4 dessicated coconut + 1 tbsp
  • 4 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • zest of half an orange
  • 3 tbsp of juice of an orange

This quantity of ingredients will make approx. 26 small energy balls to keep you snack happy all week!

Blitz seeds in food processor. Photo by Jess B.

Blitz seeds in food processor. Photo by Jess B.

Add raisins and orange to blitzed seeds. Photo by Jess B.

Add raisins and orange to blitzed seeds. Photo by Jess B.

You're aiming for a well combined fairly sticky texture once all blitzed. Photo by Jess B.

You’re aiming for a well combined fairly sticky texture once all blitzed. Photo by Jess B.

Roll each ball in the coconut and seed mix that you set aside at step (2). Photo by Jess B.

Roll each ball in the coconut and seed mix that you set aside at step (2). Photo by Jess B.

  1. Place all the seeds, the 1/4 cup of coconut and cinnamon in a food processor and blitz until the seeds are thoroughly ground and all is well mixed.
  2. On a small plate set aside 2 tbsp of the blitzed mixture along with the remaining 1 tbsp of coconut. Mix to combine.
  3. Add the raisins, orange zest and juice to the seed mix in the processor and blitz until all is well combined, the raisins have broken into small pieces and the mixture starts to bind together. It should be fairly sticky and moist to touch.
  4. Roll the mixture into small balls in the palm of your hand.
  5. Coat each ball with the seed and coconut mix you set aside in step (2).
  6. Place in an airtight container and chill in the fridge.
  7. Snack away!

Recipe adapted from The Copycat Cook.

The original recipe used lemon juice and zest instead of orange. I have made the balls using lemon but prefer the orange flavour. I’ve also made the balls with a drop of almond essence (in addition to the lemon juice) which makes them taste like marzipan, delicious! The flavour options are endless, the seeds make a good versatile base for you to experiment. You could add rosewater or elderflower if you wanted a light summer flavour. Or if you wanted a sweeter hit you could add a little maple syrup, agave syrup or honey. Also don’t feel you have to use raisins, any dried fruit could work. I’m thinking of using dried figs next time, I’ll dice them up fairly small before putting them in the food processor but then I think they’ll work just the same as the raisins.

How will you make yours? Do let me know how you find the recipe and what flavour combo you use. I look forward to hearing from you 🙂 

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  1. Philly here we come! Travel with ME / CFS. | my journey thru M.E. - March 25, 2013

    […] lots of snacks to take on the flight with me – peanut butter sandwiches, fruit and nuts, some Seed and Raisin Energy Balls and gluten free cakes too. I will not go hungry in the 8 hours we’re in the […]

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