Jake has been suggesting I do a series of 5-ingredient recipes. While I believe this is a great idea because simple is often best, I’ve been putting it off and, instead, piling my counters with all the ingredients needed to make things like Minty Chocolate Soy Cupcakes. I recently decided it was time to honor his request and come up with an easy 5-ingredient recipe.
I’d like to first assure you I can count, and I know you can count too, so you’ll notice there are 6 ingredients in this recipe—but there were five at first! My first attempt at the Sunflower Banana Chocolate Balls included all the above ingredients minus salt, but they simply demanded salt! So, I added it the next time around and achieved a more balanced flavor. As I was unwilling to sacrifice any other ingredients, this recipe will remain a 6-ingredient recipe and will not get to wear the crown of the First 5-Ingredient recipe on Hearts and Flours. Thankfully, Jake was not upset by this because, along with vinegar, salt is his favorite flavor enhancer.
I don’t believe you’ll be upset by the ingredient combination either. The banana and honey provide natural sweetness and the sunflower seed butter and salt provide saltiness. These treats are incredibly creamy and, because of the dark chocolate, chocolately!
I’ll admit they’re not the prettiest, but they are cute! You may wonder why I have a recipe section called “Balls”, and it’s because tiny things are fun to eat and as Jake’s mom says, “they hardly count”. These Sunflower Banana Chocolate Balls are each just under 100 calories!
They won’t add a lot of calories to your diet, but they will contribute many important nutrients. Most of us know bananas are an excellent source of potassium, but did you also know they are a prebiotic? They contribute to the well-being of your gut and, thus, increase your immunity! Oats are also a prebiotic so they help out in the same way. Sunflower seed butter supplies healthy fats and protein—plus it’s a fun departure from peanut butter. That came out wrong—it’s never fun to not include peanut butter in life, but if you’re going to do it, sunflower seed butter is a terrific alternative. Plus, it’s a great option for people who can’t eat nuts.
Now, I know you have a ripe banana on your counter, so get baking! These Sunflower Banana Chocolate Balls are so simple to make and are an easy and healthy breakfast or snack.
Sunflower Banana Chocolate Balls:
(Makes about 16 balls)
2/3 cup ripe mashed banana
1/3 cup sunflower seed butter
1 ½ cup rolled oats, half (3/4 cup) ground in blender and half (3/4 cup) left whole (make this gluten-free by using gluten-free oats)
2 tbsp honey
½ tsp fine sea salt
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
First… Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Second… Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Then… Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
Fourth… Using a cookie dough scoop, scoop balls onto lined cookie sheet.
Finally… Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until golden on the bottom.
- ⅔ cup ripe mashed banana
- ⅓ cup sunflower seed butter
- 1 ½ cup rolled oats, half (3/4 cup) ground in blender and half (3/4 cup) left whole (make this gluten-free by using gluten-free oats)
- 2 tbsp honey
- ½ tsp fine sea salt
- ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
- Using a cookie dough scoop, scoop balls onto lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until golden on the bottom.