These treats are very similar to my Powder Day Energy Bars but without any nuts. Several good friends have nut allergies in their family and I wanted to make something delicious for them. Nut allergies are becoming more and more common and many classerooms do not allow nuts of any kind in kids lunches. This is a safe and delicious treat to pack in your kids lunchbox, to bring as a class snack, or to take on outdoor adventures!
Seeds are amazingly nutritious and these energy treats have pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds. Seeds are the life force of a plant and provide lots of energy. They pack a nutritional punch as they are rich in vitamins and minerals.
I am working on a camping menu for next weekend and these are going on the list. Stay tuned for my full camping menu coming next week.
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 10 dred apricots
- 4 dates, pits removed
- 1/4 cup flax seeds, ground
- 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- 2 tbs coconut oil (or avocado oil)
- 1/4 sesame seeds, lightly toasted
Toast pumpkin and sunflower seeds in a pan on the stove for about 5 minutes, watching closely. When the seeds turn golden and begin to pop, remove from heat and pour onto a plate to cool.
Soak apricots in hot water for about 10 minutes. Drain.
Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler, stirring often.
In a cuisinart, blend pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, apricots and dates until well combined. About 15-20 seconds. Add melted chocolate, flax, salt and vanilla. Blend til well combined.
Put mixture into a bowl and chill for about 30 minutes.
Lay sesame seeds on a large plate. Using a teaspoon, scoop out the mixture and roll into a ball. Lightly roll in sesame seeds. Repeat with remaining mixture.
Makes about 25 balls. Refrigerate for 1-2 hrs, or overnight.