Sargent Choice Test Kitchen: Nut-Free Sunflower Butter Oatmeal Balls

Sargent Choice Nut-Free Sunflower Butter Oatmeal Balls

April 12, 2022
Mia Sugarman, 4th Year Dietetics Major, Psychology Minor

Recipes modified from
Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower Seed Butter
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal, hemp hearts, chia seeds, or finely chopped nuts
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  1. Combine oats, sunflower butter, seeds or nuts (if using), honey, raisins, cinnamon, vanilla extract and chocolate chips in a bowl. Mix well.
  2. Cover and chill the dough mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from the refrigerator and form small balls (about 1-2 tablespoons per ball) using a spoon or a small stainless-steel scoop. Form/roll the mixture to shape.
  4. Store refrigerated in an air-tight container for up to one week.

What We Liked

  • This recipe is suitable for people with a nut allergy.
  • The oatmeal balls were fun to make and roll; this was a great activity to do with friends or family.
  • The oatmeal balls could be made big or small according to your preference, and could be enjoyed as a snack or dessert.
  • They could be batch prepared and stored, warmed up or enjoyed cold.
  • The chocolate and sunflower butter combination gave the energy balls a rich and delicious flavor.


  • Prepare the energy balls and then store them in the fridge to allow them to stick together.
  • Add dried fruits or berries to the mixture according to your preference.

Nutritional Value

  • Greek yogurt is high in protein, which helps keep us full and satisfied for longer.
  • Old fashioned oats are high in soluble fiber, which supports digestion, helps lower cholesterol levels, and fills us up!
  • Flaxseeds and chia seeds add a boost of omega 3 fatty acids, in addition to fiber, protein and other vitamins and minerals.