Plant some new seeds into your diet and reap the health benefits. If you are looking for an alternative to your ordinary bean and nut balls or perhaps looking for a way to get more nutrients in your diet, take a glance down the ‘seed’ aisle of your local market. Unlike nuts, seeds are not common allergens- which is great news for those of you who suffer from food sensitivities. Furthermore, seeds are packed with nutrients such as Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
Last week, I was venturing through the aisles of Whole Foods Market when I stumbled upon the ‘seed’ section…suddenly, a tiny light bulb went off in my head and I began brainstorming seed recipe ideas…(yes, these are the crazy things that I do in the food store..and the reason that it takes me hours to get through one trip). I whipped out my handy-dandy tiny note pad and started jotting down seed recipe ideas…Let’s just say you’ve gotta lotta seed recipes coming your way because I literally bought five different types of seeds because I simply couldn’t decide on one. Plus, it’s more fun when you have five fun seeds to choose from in the pantry instead of one lousy option, right? Well, that was my thought…I had created eleven recipes right there in the seed aisle of Whole Foods Market…I finally had to move out of the way since I was ‘hogging’ the aisle amongst many rushed Manhattan folks. Eleven recipes was enough, I thought, so I tossed the five different seeds into my cart and went on my way…Can you take a guess as to what the other four seeds are? Well, you’ll see them soon enough…they’ll be popping up in my recipes within the next few weeks because I have ten more exciting seed recipes to share with you. I hope you enjoy baking these delicious balls; let your imagination run wild and toss in a new grain or seed of your choice…let me know how your balls turn out!
This recipe can easily be made with sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and flax seeds. I enjoy using sunflower seeds with these balls, however, your seed opportunities are endless- get creative and have fun. Many of us are familiar with the mild nutty taste of sunflower seeds, which make a great snack and can easily be tossed into salads, stir fries and baking recipes. A handful of sunflower seeds will curb your hunger while supplying you with a healthy dose of vitamin E, selenium and magnesium. So, go ahead…have a ball in your kitchen and create these tasty balls for your dinner tonight!
- 1 1/2 cup rolled dry oats
- 2 cups water (to cook oats)
- 1 Tbsp. sea salt
- 1 cup brown rice, cooked
- 1 cup crispy whole grain cereal
- 1 cup bran crumbs
- 1 Tbsp. oregano
- 2 cups finely ground sunflower seeds
- 2 Tbsp. wheat-free tamari
- 1 tsp. spicy mustard
- Dash of cumin
- Dash of pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well until texture resembles cookie dough.
- Roll mixture into golf-ball sized balls and place on baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Serve with tomato sauce and vegan Parmesan cheese topping.