I recently ate an excellent salad that was garnished with freshly toasted pumpkin and sesame seeds and I was amazed at how this simple addition dramatically enhanced the dish in terms of overall flavour, texture and presentation.
Since then, I’ve been looking for opportunities to add freshly toasted seeds into all kinds of dishes. It doesn’t hurt that seeds have fantastic health benefits, too, being high in B vitamins like folate, vitamin E (an antioxidant), iron, magnesium, zinc, heart-healthy fats and protein. Basically, seeds are a great way to add all kinds of helpful goodness to your food.
So I decided to make a version of my previously shared Orange and Cinnamon Bliss Balls and my Vanilla Bliss Balls using freshly toasted seeds. These Power Balls are made from seven simple ingredients: almonds, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), sunflower seeds, white sesame seeds, dates, salt and water. They’re a cinch to make — you simple roast the almonds and nuts and then blend them with the dates, salt and water — and they’re packed full of flavour and energy.
These Power Balls are great for an after school snack but I’ve also taken them into one of my client’s office where they were eagerly snaffled up for morning tea.
Easy, guilt-free snacking. Gotta love that. Enjoy!
- 100 grams slivered almonds
- 100 grams white sesame seeds
- 100 grams pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 100 grams sunflower seeds
- ½ teaspoon salt flakes
- 24 pitted dates, chopped roughly
- ¼ cup water
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Spread almonds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds on the baking tray and roast for 10 minutes.
- Pour nut and seed mixture into a food processor and blitz until fully combined.
- Add dates and water and then process again until fully combined.
- Use a spoon and your hands to roll the mixture into 12-13 golf-ball sized balls.
- Store in an air-tight container - should keep up to 5 days.