If you’re looking for an easy crunchy snack that’s also good for you, try these 4-ingredient sunflower seed chocolate bites. All you need is sunflower seeds, maple syrup, salt and dark chocolate!
These 4-ingredient sunflower seed chocolate bites were inspired by these crunchy nut & seed rounds that I made a few months ago. They went down a treat on Instagram, so I thought why not make an even simpler version without nuts (for those with nut allergies). I also dipped them in chocolate (because why not!), but of course you can omit for a lower calorie version.
Like many of my recipes, this recipe is flexible – you can use other seeds (like sesame or pumpkin seeds), or you can include other fun additions like dried fruit, coconut flakes and spices (cinnamon or cardamom would work really well!).
If you like easy, few recipe treats, this one is for you! As well as being healthy, they also only call for 4 INGREDIENTS! Treats don’t get easier than this. They’re also super crunchy, so great if you’re anything like me and need something every now and then to satisfy your crunchy cravings.
Why I love making these 4-ingredient sunflower seed chocolate bites:
I’m a big snack person, always have been. I seem to function better on 3 small meals and a couple of snacks in between. I’ve tried doing the 3 large main meals and fasting in between, but that never seems to work for my body. I end up feeling lethargic and heavy after meals making me feel very demotivated and lacking in energy.
That’s why I love having healthy, homemade snacks at home so it’s easier to make good snack choices when I start feeling peckish. Nuts & seeds have always been my go-to snack of choice, so I thought why not whip up some snacks that incorporate them into fun ways that makes snack time exciting, tasty and nutritious.
We should all be increasing our seed/nut intake. They’re associated with so many health benefits, mainly because they’re packed with fibre, antioxidants and healthy fats. They’re also satiating and satisfying because of their fat content. Plus they contain some plant-based protein, which helps make them even more satisfying and filling. These 4-ingredient sunflower seed chocolate bites are an easy and yummy way to get some of those amazing heart healthy seeds into your diet.
What you need to make these 4-ingredient sunflower seed chocolate bites:
Sunflower seeds – packed with nutrients and healthy fats. They create the most delicious crunchy snack when mixed with a little maple syrup and baked until golden brown. You can use other seeds like pumpkin/sesame seeds. You can also include other additions like dried fruit, coconut flakes and spices.
Maple syrup – You only need 2 tbsp to add sweetness, but also to help the seeds hold together as they bake in the oven.
Salt – To enhance the flavour of the sunflower seeds.
Dark chocolate – because I’m obsessed with dark chocolate and would add it to everything if I could! Glad it’s also a great source of antioxidants 😉 However, you can omit if you prefer not to use it. You can also use milk or white chocolate instead.
These 4-ingredient sunflower seed chocolate bites are:
- Made with only 4 ingredients
- Easily adjustable to taste/likes
- A great grab-and-go snack
- A great healthier dessert option
- Super crunchy
- So delicious!
4-Ingredient Sunflower Seed Chocolate Bites
- 200g sunflower seeds
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 60g Dark chocolate
- Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan/350F.
- Add the sunflower seeds to a bowl along with a pinch of salt and the maple syrup. Mix until everything is evenly distributed.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Press some of the mixture in a small round cookie cutter, then remove slowly to shape into flat discs*.
- Alternatively you can spoon some of the mixture straight onto the lined baking sheet to make clusters instead.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes (depending on how big/small you make them), or until golden brown.
- Allow to cool completely to firm up (they may break apart if you attempt to move them whilst still warm).
- Once cooled, dip the bottom of the sunflower seed bites into melted dark chocolate. Or you can drizzle some chocolate on top instead.