Monday, March 3, 2014

Sunflower Seed Candies


Having one giant sweet tooth can sometimes be the bane of my existence. The butter compartment in the refrigerator is where I store all my personal chocolate or as I like to call them "my sneaky snacks". Usually they are packed up against the back of the compartment with a couple of sticks of butter in front. I am not sure why they are always covered up as everyone knows what's behind them. Late last night I realized it was empty. So I did what any other normal rational person does at that hour. I made these sunflower seed candies.

When you first look at these you might think gee gads! I'm sure you've all heard the saying "don't judge a book by it's cover"; well these candies deserve the same consideration. They may look bland, but on the inside they are packed full of flavor. There's even a tablespoon of carob powder and peanut butter in the mix and when you bite into one it has an enjoyable crunch. Add in the fact that they are sweetened with honey and a dash of vanilla, and you quickly realize they are pretty healthy as well. So the next time you get that hankering for something sweet, whip these up and they will make you happy, they did me.

Recipe is slightly adapted from "Confessions Of A Sneaky Organic Cook" by Jane Kinderlehrer.

Ingredients:

2 cups sunflower seeds
1 heaping tablespoon honey
1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon carob power
Dash of vanilla

To prepare:

Blend sunflower seeds to a fine meal.


Add the honey, peanut butter, carob powder and a dash of vanilla and mix well. Form into balls. Store in a airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!


Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

29 comments:

  1. I've never used carob powder, but am now very intrigued! I will have to hunt some down in my area :)

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    1. Hi Eva, carob is more creamy and mild compared to chocolate. Good luck!

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  2. Love sunflower seeds and peanut butter is always satisfying. I'm interested in the carob powder, which I've never had or used. This looks like a great nibble.

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    1. Hi Monica, I think you will like carob it is a little more mild than chocolate.

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  3. I have used carob powder but never ground sunflower seeds (although I love the raw seeds on salads and for snacks). A healthy way to have sweets is a good one because I have a hard time doing without : ) Thanks for your visit to my blog.

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  4. I never see any desserts using sunflower seeds! I'd love to pop a few of these in my mouth right about now! :-)

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    1. Hi Reeni, there pretty good and easy to make.

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  5. I used to store my secret stash of chocolate in the butter section too of course that was until my teenagers found out about my secret stash. Now I hide my secret stash under the broccoli, I know they will never look there. I also have a little secret tooth and this is a far more healthier way to enjoy my little treats. Nice post. Thanks

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    1. Hi Bam, that is too funny! That's probably where I should hide mine.

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  6. What a fabulous candy! Thanks for sharing. :) ela

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  7. I love this healthier take on candy! This is such a perfect late night snack indeed Cheri! xx

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  8. i'm a fan of raw sweets like this, it's delicious and nutritious, but also, pantry staples.

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    1. Hi Lan, me too, that way I can fix them anytime.

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  9. Sneaky snacks, haha, I love that! These sunflower seed candies sound so good!

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  10. Sneaky snacks, haha, I love that! These sunflower seed candies sound so good!

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  11. This sounds so easy and delicious. Love a good pop in your mouth healthy snack!

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  12. These sound really good! I think I would enjoy this snack. Yummy!

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  13. Love the idea of a "sneaky snack"! hahaha. These look and sound delicious and I don't think you'd have to sneak these...unless you were hiding them from others in the house...

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  14. These are so healthy and wonderful looking! Love how you have a "sneaky snack"! I'll have to make these, we love good wholesome snacks like this.

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  15. Ooh ... they sound tasty! I'm starting to really enjoy this kind of 'raw' snack. I always need to have something sweet on hand too. At home I don't mind if it's a bit of chocolate but at work I like to snack on something healthier. These are just the job!

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  16. I like the idea of having a secret stash of chocolate...or a secret stash of these candies!

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  17. This is such a fantastic idea! My mum used to but me some crispy sunflower seed candies/cookies when I was a kid, and these remind me of them. I have to try these out on my kids.

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