Today’s recipe is actually a healthy adaption of a childhood favorite of mine. Those seemingly healthy sunflower seed cookies with raisins I used to devour by the pack full, since they couldn’t be bad for you. But if you cast a glance at the list of ingredients you might be up for a nasty surprise: sugar and glucose syrup on second and third place. So instead of following the urge and purchasing a bag of this high sugar treat I thought about what ingredients my favorite cookie should consist of and came up with an easy recipe for a healthy, energizing snack. No worries: sugar and glucose syrup are not included.

Energy Seed Cookies
Yields 20
A vegan, paleo and gluten free snack option full of healthy fats.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  2. 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  3. 1/4 cup almond flour
  4. 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  5. 1/4 cup dried apricot
  6. 2 T cacao nibs *opt
  7. 1/4 cup ground flax
  8. 2 T warm water
  9. 1/4 cup apple sauce
  10. 1/4 cup honey/maple syrup
  11. 1 T coconut oil
  12. 1 tsp cinnamon
  13. 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger *can be substituted with ground ginger
  14. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  15. dash of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180°C).
  2. Place ground flax seeds in a mug and add the warm water. Stir and set aside.
  3. Mix sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almond flour, coconut flakes and finely diced dried apricots in a bowl.
  4. In a third bowl place all of the wet ingredients: apple sauce, honey/maple syrup and melted coconut oil, stir and add the spices.
  5. In a last step take the flax egg and the wet mix and add to the dry ingredients. Stir until everything is evenly incorporated.
  6. Line a tray with baking paper. Place teaspoons of dough on the paper and press them into a thin circle.
  7. Transfer the baking tray into the oven and let the cookies bake for 10 minutes. Turn the heat off but leave the cookies in the oven for maybe 20 more minutes. Take them out and let them cool down completely before transferring into a cookie jar.
Notes
  1. These energy-loaded healthy snack packets can be kept in your cookie jar for up to two weeks, if they make it this long.
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sunflower pumpkin seed cookies

I hope you enjoy my version of these healthy sunflower seed cookies as much as I do and don’t worry if you miss some ingredients, you can easily change them up. Dried cranberries could replace the apricot. You don’t have any pumpkin seeds? Use more of the sunflower seeds. Replace flax seeds with chia seeds. Or use pumpkin puree instead of the apple sauce. Of course the taste will change, but you could create something awesome.