Sunflower Date Energy Balls

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Big Basin Redwood State Park has some amazing microclimates, from open forest with sandstone paths, to dense heavy forest shaded by redwood trees hundreds of feet high. This trip included hiking eleven miles around trip to Berry Creek Falls. The falls are actually three falls (lower, silver, and gold). We stopped for a picnic lunch at the last fall.

Along the way to the falls, our docent pointed out numerous edible plants including California Violet, huckleberry, and more sorrel than you could imagine.

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And a (brief) visit to Castle Rock State Park. If you want to go hiking here…go early! What was planned to be a day of hiking in the park, turned into a short although still pretty 45 minute walk. Due to some serious lack of parking anywhere near the main park entrance, we ended up hopping on another trail a few miles down the road. The Skyline Trail had some nice intermittent views of the south bay, and a nearby overlook gave us a glimpse of the distant ocean.

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Back at home I spent some much needed time in my kitchen, creating some delicious meals and snacks for the week. These no-bake sunflower date balls come together in about 5 minutes. It doesn’t get much easier to create such a tasty snack. I will add that these would be perfect for taking on a hike as well!

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Sunflower Date Energy Balls


  • 1 cup oats
  • 8 dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

What to do:

  • Blend ingredients in a food processor until the mixture sticks together. Form the dough into about 10-12 tablespoon size balls.

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