Ruth's Flax Seed Balls

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by Missy Wombat

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.

Top Review by Brighid

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!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 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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