No-bake California Prunes Power Balls

By Cara Rosenbloom, RD


Kids love bite-sized foods in their lunch box, so this recipe is a perfect fit. I love this original recipe for power balls, but I adapted it to make it safe for schools that have a nut-free policy. In my new version, I have replaced almond butter with sunflower seed butter, though you can also use nut-free pumpkin seed butter, soy nut butter or sesame seed butter (tahini). I’ve also cut the honey in half…truth is, you can omit the honey altogether because prunes are already naturally sweet.

Gut-friendly Recipe

These delicious and nutritious power balls not only fuel your fall outdoor activities, but they power up your gut bacteria as well! Sunflower seeds, California Prunes and higher fiber cereal will also get those gut bacteria moving, multiplying … and thriving! Happy trails!

Servings: 24 Power Balls


  • 1 cup pitted California Prunes, packed
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1 tbsp honey – optional
  • ½ cup brown rice puffs or crisps cereal
  • ¼ cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Gut-friendly addition: Add 1 tbsp of soluble-fiber rich chia seeds for a microbiome-powering tasty ball of energy!


  1. In a food processor or high-powered blender, mix California Prunes, sunflower butter, and honey (if using) until mostly smooth. A few chunks are okay! Transfer to a mixing bowl.
  2. Add rice cereal and sunflower seeds. Stir well and use your hands if need. It will be sticky until you coat it with coconut.
  3. Add coconut to a shallow plate.
  4. Scoop a heaping teaspoon of the California Prune mixture and form into ball with your hands. Roll in coconut to coat. Repeat until all mixture is used.
  5. Transfer balls to an airtight container and refrigerate for 1 hour. Store in freezer and add to lunch box or charcuterie boards as needed.


Instead of sunflower seed butter, you can also use nut-free pumpkin seed butter, soy nut butter or sesame seed butter (tahini).

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