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A quick and easy snack to make for school or work. These nut free energy balls are free from nuts yet packed full of protein and fit in with a vegan or paleo diet.

Check out  the health benefits of some of ingredients in these energy balls

Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, copper and vitamin B1.

One tablespoon of hemp seeds contains 152 milligrams of potassium, 1.6 grams of fibre and 5.3 grams of protein, along with 13 percent of your daily need for iron, and 8 percent of your daily Vitamin A.

Flavonoid- rich cocoa helps to lower blood pressure and has higher antioxidant levels than black tea or red wine.

Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and protein and since the Aztec warriors ate them to give them energy and endurance they are a perfect addition to any energy ball.

What’s not to love about ginger’s antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parasitic and antioxidant properties?


  • 3/4 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1/4 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tbsp pure cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp ground chia seed
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 large medjool dates, or use 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut


  1. Mix all ingredients in a food processor until mixture sticks together.
  2. Roll into 1 inch balls and roll in coconut
  3. Store in the fridge

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Shirley Plant

About Shirley

I'm Shirley Plant, nutritionist and cookbook author. My passion is helping you figure out which foods fuel your body and which ones deplete it.

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Appearances By Shirley

  • CTV News
  • Rogers TV
  • The Eat Real Food Health Summit
  • Menopause Wellness Summit
  • The Parenting TeleSummit

Shirley's Cookbooks

Finally... Food I Can Eat!

Finally... Food I Can Eat!

A dietary guide and cookbook featuring tasty non vegetarian and vegetarian recipes for people with food allergies and intolerances. Recipes free of gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, wheat, nightshades, sugar and yeast.

Finally... Paleo Food I Can Eat!

Finally... Paleo Food I Can Eat!

Paleo recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert. Recipes free of grains, legumes, dairy, refined sugar, eggs and almonds. Plus, chapters on the mind body connection by Dr. Eva Selhub M.D and healing your body from chronic illness with Dr. Terry Wahls. M.D.