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SunButter Balls

This weekend I spent 2 hours in the kitchen and made allergy safe granola, sunbutter balls and chicken salad. Bodie refused it all. Took one bite of everything and walked away saying he didn’t actually want it. The entire week he had been requesting granola and chicken salad. I thought I would earn my status as mother of the year by obliging him. Chicken salad has always been his favorite and I was rather surprised he refused that.

Bodie is picky. Bodie has food allergies. These two combinations drive me insane. It’s bad enough he has food allergies but add in pickiness and it’s maddening. Instead of eating what I had made he kept begging for other food. Pretzels, chips and candy. I heard about it every 10 minutes for majority of the day. I held firm and told him his options were chicken salad, sunbutter balls or granola. I could hear his stomach rumbling and it was so hard to not just cave. I knew he liked all that I had made and he was being stubborn. I didn’t cave and by Sunday he was requesting that I make more sunbutter balls and he requested chicken salad for lunch. He didn’t come around to the granola and I’m ok with that.

Here comes my pickiness. I don’t like sunbutter. I blame my immense love of peanut butter for this dislike. Although it could have been the fact that I tried sunbutter in the throws of morning sickness during my pregnancy with Oskar. Either way, I’ve never been a fan.  Oskar goes back and forth between sunbutter and peanut butter with no preference.

These sunbutter balls changed my mind on sunbutter. I love them and they are perfect for that quick snack. I did make this recipe with peanut butter and my husband and I both agreed they are not nearly as good with peanut butter.

SunButter Balls – yeilds 12-14 balls depending on size

1 cup of oatmeal
1/2 cup of ground flax seed
2/3 cup of toasted coconut (unsweetened)
1/2 cup of sunbutter (maybe more if mixture is too dry)
1/2 cup of dairy free mini-chocolate chips
2 tsp. vanilla*

Combine all ingredients and shape into balls. Place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes. Remove and store in fridge.
*If you don’t have vanilla, just omit. They will still be delicious.

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