Nut-Free Joy Balls


1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds, divided
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
1 cup dried dates, pits removed
2 TB maple syrup
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded dried coconut (optional)


In a food processor, fitted with an S-blade, combine 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, ground flaxseed, cinnamon and sea salt for about 1-2 minutes until fine. Add dates and maple syrup, and blend again until a thick paste forms. Mixture will be sticky and dense.

Transfer to a bowl and using your hands, mix in extra 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds and raisins. Using your hands, roll small amounts of mixture between your palms to form 1-inch balls. Rolls ball in shredded coconut to coat (if using).

Place in a container with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate or freeze. Serve chilled or frozen.