Ruth's Flax Seed Balls

Total Time
20 mins
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An untried raw food vegan recipe that was recommended on a vegan newsgroup I lurk on. Aug 2004: Finally got around to making these myself. They are pretty sticky so I rolled them in coconut just like truffles. Big hit with the 3 year old and me. Would be worth putting in the fridge or freezer to firm them up.

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  • 12 cup ground flax seed, brown or golden (in a clean coffee grinder reserved for this purpose or nut grinder)
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds, ground up same way
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, ground up same way
  • 2 tablespoons carob powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut, ground (raw or dehydrated at low temperature, if possible)
  • 1 pinch salt (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons honey or 2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)


  1. Mix all together and either knead well or put in food processor to process.
  2. Form into balls.
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5 5

Very tasty way to get the additional flax in my diet! I noticed some people were having trouble getting the balls to hold together. I think the problem might be that the directions on amount of flax used is a little confusing. When I put 1/2 c. of flax seed in my VitaMix I noticed that after I ground it the amount doubled in bulk (ie: the 1/2 c. flax seed was now 1 c.). So, I measured 1/2 c. flax seed AFTER it had been ground. Then I ground my sesame and sunflower seeds as the recipe states. Since my carob was lumpy & hard (must've gotten damp at some point) and my raw coconut was chunky I ended up putting everything back in the VitaMix for one last whirl. I emptied all this into a bowl and added the honey and mixed with a mixing spoon. Everything stuck together nicely. I used a small cookie scoop (like the old fashioned ice cream scoops) and it made 12 balls quick as could be and I nibbled on the little bit that was leftover. No messy hands this way! Thanks so much for helping to get the little extra flax to go down easier!

5 5

Wow! What a wonderful and nutritious treat! I have made these twice now for breakfast and the second time I used molasses rather than the maple syrup. The molasses is not only better for you, it adds some extra moisture which helped the balls stay together a little better. Thank you, Missy Wombat for a winner!

5 5

Yum Indeed!!! Now I can eat "candy" and be healthy! These delicious balls of powerful nutrition taste like a sinful treat, but are sooooo good for you. They provide large doses of calcium, potassium and Omega 3 and 6 oils to keep our arteries clean and supple. The recommended daily dose of flax is 3-6 tablespoons. Thank you sooooo much MissyWombat for posting this wonderful recipe.