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Chocolate Chip Sunflower Cookies

Simple chocolate chip cookies made with sunflower seeds ground into flour.  These make a great quick + simple nut-free lunch box snack.


Sunflower seeds are heart-healthy and can help balance our hormones. 

  • Servesmakes 12
  • Cooks in 15 mins
  • Prep time 10 mins
  • Healthy Snack

    Snacks, bites & appetiser recipes & inspiration. Sweet & savoury snacks, healthy bites, hors d'oeuvres, appetisers, canapes, fun food to share.

  • Vegan

    Vegan Plant-based recipes have no animal products; no meat, no eggs, no dairy, no honey. Plant-based recipes ingredients are made from plants.

  • Hormone Balancing

    Eating foods rich in certain vitamins minerals & phytonutrients can help balance our bodies hormones and endocrine system which affect our adrenal, thyroid, reproductive health.

    Hormonal imbalances may cause a wide variety of different symptoms from fatigue, mood swings, brain fog, anxiety, insomnia, weight gain, weight loss, food cravings, skin + hair + nail health, muscle weakness or pain, inflammation, dryness, infertility, 

    Foods that can help with balancing hormones;

    Leafy Greens & Root Vegetables - high in antioxidants
    Nuts - walnuts, brazil nuts,
    Seeds - flax, hemp, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, 
    Whole Grains
    Wild-caught Omega 3 rich fish like Salmon
    Coconut Oil - Medium Triglyercide
    Seaweeds & Nettles, Parsley, Dandelions
    Medicinal Herbs like Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Maca, Triphala, Licorice, Adaptogens

    Omega 3's, Iodine, Selenium, Vitamin B's & D, Digestive enzymes, bitters, 

    Probiotic and prebiotic foods
    Anti-inflammatory Foods
    Clean water
    Organic & low toxic foods, body & household products

  • Nut Free

    Recipes are nut-free. Nuts allergies are common and can cause serious inflammation for people with a nut allergy. Nuts include tree nuts and peanuts.

  • Grain Free

    Recipes are grain free. No grain diet can help reduce inflammation in people with chronic auto-immune diseases. AIP, Paleo, whole 30 some Low FODMAP diets.


adds to shopping list

  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ¼ - ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips*
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp raw sugar - optional
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼-½ teaspoon salt


Chocolate Chip Sunflower Cookies


PREHEAT OVEN 325F /  162C.  LINE a half sheet pan or cookie sheet with parchment paper or grease.


BLEND | PROCESS  sunflower seeds to make flour with a texture like fine breadcrumbs about 15-30 seconds depending on your machine. Caution if you over blend your flour will start to turn into a sunflower seed paste.


MIX ALL the ingredients in a bowl breaking up clumps in sunflower seed flour with a fork.  


TASTE and adjust sweetness and saltiness – to make sweeter add another tbsp sugar.


ROLL tablespoon-size scoops mixture into balls and place on a lined sheet pan, press down to slightly flatten. You can garnish tops with sea salt, choc chips, seeds or sugar as you wish.


BAKE 15mins until golden.


COOL on wire rack they will crisp and harden up a little as they cool.


SERVE with a lovely cup of chai tea or coffee or whatever you love.  Works well as a nut-free lunchbox snack.


STORE in an airtight container once completely cooled.

Chef Hat Icon Chef tips + Ingredient Swaps + Ideas

*SUNFLOWER SEED Flour; blend or process sunflower seeds to make a medium flour 15 – 30 sec. 


PULP from your plant-based milk works great too break it up with a fork to a coarse flour.


*CHOCOLATE Chips if you don’t have mini choc chips chop up some chocolate or chips to equal ¼ – ⅓ cup – aim to buy fair-trade chocolate.


CACAO NIBS can be used instead of chocolate chips.


SPICE it up by add spices like cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin, cake, allspice, cardamom 1-2 teaspoons, 


SUBSTITUTE maple syrup with 2-3 tbsp sugar + 2 tbsp water


SWAP sunflower seeds for pumpkin seeds or a sustainable nut like hazelnut or almond if almonds are sustainable where you live?


WHY Organic – sunflowers can be a highly sprayed crop and genetically modified.

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