By Chef Sara
These power balls are everything I love in a snack. They're sweet but not cloying, packed with protein and fiber (thanks, sunflower seed butter and oats!), and super easy to whip up at a moment's notice–you won't even need to turn on your oven. They also taste incredibly delicious and will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days, if they last that long! And for those of you with food allergies, rest assured that these tasty treats are free from gluten, soy, and nuts. (Be sure to double-check your ingredients before purchasing if you're especially sensitive.)
Brown rice syrup is a thick, mildly sweet syrup made from (you guessed it!) brown rice, and is the secret ingredient that ensures the power balls will hold their shape in any temperature. Other liquid sweeteners aren't thick enough to hold the power balls together, so substitutions will yield a vastly different texture. Check the Lundberg Farms Store Locator website for stores local to you that stock this delicious and versatile vegan sweetener.
No-Bake Oatmeal Power Balls
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup sunflower seed butter
2/3 cup brown rice syrup
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (Enjoy Life brand is my favorite)
1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries
1/2 cup hemp seeds
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the mixture holds together, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. The desired texture is for the oats to be partially broken down, with some whole oats still visible. If the mixture feels too dry to easily press together, add a little sunflower seed butter or brown rice syrup; if it’s too wet and feels overly sticky, add in a little more oats.
Pinch off bits of dough and roll into balls roughly 1 1/2 inches across. Enjoy immediately, and store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.