Sweet & Salty Popcorn Balls
This recipe has been reprinted with permission from Energy Balls, Chronicle Books (2017). Please note, it may not be re-produced or copied from this website without prior permission.
Serves: 10 balls
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • ¼ cup sunflower seed butter (see notes)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened carton coconut milk
  • 4 cups + 2 cups popcorn (see notes)
  1. Add the dates, sunflower seed butter, sea salt, vanilla extract, brown rice syrup, and flaxseed to a food processor and process on low for 30 seconds. Scrape the sides with a spatula, then process again on high for 30 seconds until crumbly.
  2. Add in 4 cups of popcorn and process on low. Slowly pour the coconut milk in the opening while the mixture is processing and process for 15-30 more seconds until the ingredients begin to clump into a sticky batter.
  3. Using a spatula, remove the batter and transfer to a bowl.
  4. Give the food processor a quick rinse and dry, and add in the remaining 2 cups of popcorn and process on high for 10-30 seconds until the popcorn is broken up into smaller bits.
  5. Spread the crumbled popcorn over a large plate.
  6. Using clean, slightly wet hands, take just smaller than golf-ball sized portions of the batter and roll into a ball shape, then roll the ball in the crumbled popcorn to coat.
  7. Roll and lightly squeeze the ball to maintain a ball shape and press the popcorn bits so they stick well.
  8. Place the finished ball on another plate.
  9. Repeat the process to make 10 balls total then place the balls in the freezer for 30 minutes to set.
Store the balls in the fridge for best consistency.

*When choosing a sunflower seed butter, look for one that is naturally sweetened with cane sugar or you may choose an unsweetened sunflower seed butter (this will make the balls slightly less sweet).

** You may use freshly popped popcorn that has been cooled to room temperature, or a simple natural pre-popped bagged popcorn containing only vegetable oil and sea salt. Using a bagged popcorn will add a little more flavour to these balls.
Nutritional Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 134 kcal Fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 22g Fiber: 3g Protein: 2g
Recipe by Nutrition in the Kitch at https://nutritioninthekitch.com/sweet-salty-popcorn-balls/