Raw Chia Seed Nut Butter Balls

I made two different versions for you – “Raw Chia Seed Nut Butter Balls” for my raw friends and “Vegan Chia Seed Peanut Butter Balls” for my vegan friends.  They are very similar to my Sesame Seed Peanut Butter Balls and are just as nutritious and easy to make.

If you haven’t noticed, I like to make a lot of snacks in the shape of “balls”!

With two young boys and my need for portion control, bite size “balls” are just right in my home.

You can make these in my standard “ball” shape or even in a “cookie” type shape.

All you have to do for the “cookie” shape  is first make the ball shape and then flatten them in the palm of your hand and that will give you a little variety.

The nut butter I chose in the Raw Chia Seed Nut Butter Ball version was organic almond butter.

It made the mixture a little softer so you may have to add a little extra coconut flour to help them hold their shape.

Why are these a good choice for a quick and healthy snack?

There are only 4 wholesome ingredients…coconut flour, chia seeds, nut butter and raw honey (or sweetener of your choice) and they can be made in a matter of minutes with no special equipment.

 

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5 Fast Facts About Coconut Flour:

  • has the highest dietary fiber found in any flour at 58%
  • 14% coconut oil
  • 19% protein
  • gluten-free
  • helps promote blood sugar health

5 Fast Facts About Chia Seeds:

  •  excellent vegetarian source of omega fatty acids
  • easily digestible form of protein
  • full of minerals and vitamins
  • more anti-oxidants than flaxseed
  • excellent source of dietary fiber

5 Fast Facts About Almonds (Almond Butter):

  • excellent source of heart healthy fats
  • helps lower blood pressure
  • rich in anti-oxidants
  • helps control blood sugar
  • high in magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and copper

 5 Fast Facts About Raw Honey:

  • contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
  • contains natural anti-oxidants that block free radicals
  • super-high in B vitamins:  B1, B2, B3, B5 & B6
  • promotes restorative sleep
  • contains immune boosting anti-viral properties

Raw Chia Seed Nut Butter Balls

 

 

 

 

 

Raw Chia Seed Nut Butter Balls

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups organic almond butter (or other nut butter)
  • 2 tablespoons organic raw honey (or other sweetener)
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut flour
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup organic chia seeds

Directions

Step 1 In a medium size bowl, combine coconut flour, raw honey (or other sweetener) and nut butter and stir until well combined.

Start with 1/4 cup of coconut flour. If the balls are too soft and don't hold their shape, gradually add a little more coconut flour until they reach a firm consistency.

Take small pieces from the bowl, squeeze tightly, then roll into bite-sized balls with the palms of your hands.

Put the chia seeds in a separate bowl.

Roll the nut butter balls in the chia seeds until they are completely covered.

Put the balls in the refrigerator for about 10 - 15 minutes to firm before serving.

They will get soft if left out, so keep in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Enjoy!

 

 Vegan Chia Seed Peanut Butter Balls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vegan Chia Seed Peanut Butter Balls

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups organic peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup organic agave nectar
  • 1/8 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup organic coconut flour
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup organic chia seeds

Directions

Step 1 Put all ingredients (except chia seeds) in a mixing bowl and stir until well combined.

Start with 1/4 cup of coconut flour. If the balls are too soft and don't hold their shape, gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup if needed to reach a firm consistancy.

Take small pieces from the bowl and roll into bite-sized balls with the palms of your hands.

Put the chia seeds in a separate bowl.

Roll the nut butter balls in the chia seeds until they are completely covered.

Put the balls in the refrigerator or freezer for about 15 minutes to harden before serving.

They will get soft if left out, so keep in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Enjoy!

 

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10 comments to Raw Chia Seed Nut Butter Balls

  • Emily

    These look AWESOME. What kind of nut butter did you use?

    • Karielyn

      Hi Emily! I’ve made these several different ways, but when I use nut butter, I use organic almond butter. I updated my post to show a version with peanut butter and another with nut butter. I am trying to convert some of my recipes with peanut butter (aflatoxins) and agave nectar (high in fructose) but wanted to give both options. Thanks! :)

  • Hi Kariely,
    I am obviously starting with your super simple recipes! LOL But this was another winner! Finished these just in time for my Husband to take a few on his way to water polo practice. He really enjoyed them and said that they seemed to give him more energy during practice. I bought some coconut flour about a month ago and had no idea what to do with it, so I will search your site for more ways to use this unique product.
    ~Robin

    • Karielyn

      Hi Robin! Oh my gosh…chia seeds are the bomb! In fact, I just watched a video that I will be doing a post about soon (http://youtu.be/NAbh09mtu-A) describing how chia is known as “runner’s food” because of the energy it gives you. The aztec’s used to consume it when traveling long distances. It also has great fiber, calcium and omega’s. I LOVE chia seeds!

      I have a chocolate chia seed pudding I have been eating everyday for the past two weeks that I haven’t posted yet, but you use 1/2 cup non-dairy milk, 1 tbs cacao, 2 tbs chia seeds and 1 tbs sweetener of your choice (I use 1/2 smashed banana). Stir it well and put in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes until it gets thick. It is soooo good and filling!

      And I love the coconut flour too because it’s gluten-free.

      I’m glad you liked them…thanks for leaving me feedback ;)

  • nerida

    I just made these for my boys. I didn’t have coconut flour so I cheekily used cocoa. They loved them. They’re delicious. I also tried out the chocolate chia seed pudding you described in the last post. Brilliant my boys loved it.

    • Karielyn

      Hi Nerida! Oh wow…I would have never thought to use cocoa but I bet that was good!

      In fact, I was getting ready to make another snack for today and I think I will try that out…I’ve already made two servings of the chia pudding this morning.

      And I love how your boys eat the chia seeds…they are so nutritious!

      Thanks for sharing your tip and I’m so glad you enjoyed them :)

  • Caroline

    Instead of coconut flour would almond flour be an appropriate substitute?

    • Karielyn

      Hi Caroline! I happened to have 1/2 cup of homemade almond butter left so I made a batch of them this morning using almond flour instead of coconut flour.

      This is what I used: 1/2 homemade almond butter, 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of almond flour, 2 tablespoon maple syrup.

      They tasted fine (had a strong almond flavor from both almond butter and almond flour) but were still good. You’ll just want to add 2 tablespoons (maybe 1 more) of almond flour until they are firm enough to hold a ball shape.

      If you didn’t want the strong almond flavor, you could use the peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter) and almond flour combo.

      Then just roll the balls in chia seeds until they are covered, and keep them in the refrigerator so they will stay firm. The recipe made 9 balls.

      Hope that helps and thanks because now I have some yummy chia balls to enjoy today ;)

  • Caroline

    Thanks for the quick reply Karielyn! I will try making these tonight as a snack for my week ahead…can’t wait!

    • Karielyn

      Hi Caroline! You’re very welcome! Hopefully your batch will last longer than mine…I’ve already eaten all of the ones I made testing out the almond flour lol! ;)

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