Salty Sunflower Seed Pretzel Bites (nut free!)

A filling salty nut free snack packed with protein, fiber, that are simple and quick to make! 

I can't believe it has taken me this long to make a nut free energy bite! I have so many of these ball recipes on my blog and throughout my feed that are of course dairy free and very low in sugar, but none that are nut free! You can search the others under snacks! I normally stick to almond butter and cashew butter, but I recently have been using sunflower seed butter because I love anything salty and have instantly been hooked! 

They are so simple to make and super filling because I decided to use oats for the base along with hemp seeds, ground flaxseeds, and chia seeds! So each bite is packed with fiber and protein! I didn't add in any sweeteners to the mix because I wanted to keep them on the salty side, but feel free to adjust to your preference but adding in a few dates or maple syrup! After mixing all the ingredients in my food processor, I rolled them in crushed pretzels to give them a little extra crunch.  

These bites are salty, crunchy, and a little chocolatey too! Enjoy!


1 cup gluten free oats
1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
pinch of sea salt
1 heaping tbsp. ceylon cinnamon
3 tbsp. hemp seeds
2 tbsp. ground flaxseeds
2 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tbsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. cacao nibs or dairy free chocolate chips
1/2 cup shredded coconut flakes
1/4 cup crushed pretzels

Optional sweeteners to add in:
4-5 dates
1-2 tbsp to start off w/ of liquid sweetener (honey or maple syrup work best) 

What you need to do:

1. In your food processor, grind the oats until flour consistency.

2. Add the hemp seeds, chia seeds, ground flaxseeds, cinnamon, sea salt, and the coconut flakes. Pulse until combined.

3. Next, add the sunflower seed butter, vanilla, cacao nibs and sweetener of choice or dates if using. Mix until dough forms. 

4. If the mixture isn't forming together, add either more sunflower seed butter or liquid: slowly. Taste test and adjust to preference. 

5. Roll in crushed pretzels. 

Will last up to 1 week or so in fridge or longer in freezer! I love them in the freezer so they are extra crunchy!