If you are struggling to balance your hormones and want a natural and delicious way to do so, this recipe is for you!

Have you heard of seed cycling? It is a growing trend at the moment and I can see why. Seed cycling is the practice of eating different kinds of seeds during the two phases of your menstrual cycle, in order to more naturally balance your hormones.  During the first half of your cycle (the follicular phase, approximately days 1-14), it’s recommended that women eat 1 tablespoon each of flax and pumpkin seeds per day.  Then during the second half of your cycle (the luteal phase, approximately days 15-28), it’s recommended to eat 1 tablespoon each of sunflower and sesame seeds per day.  It’s said that these specific seed cycling mixes can naturally help to balance estrogen and progesterone in the body, and many women believe the practice can help with everything from regulating periods to reducing acne and cramps and fatigue, easing symptoms of menopause, helping with infertility, and much more.

Seed cycling can be intimidating but this recipe will make it super easy for you to get all the necessary daily serving of seeds recommended to help naturally balance your hormones.

POSSIBLE VARIATIONS:

There are many ways that you could customize this seed cycling energy bites recipe, so please get creative and adapt whatever works best for you!  For example, feel free to…

  • Use a food processor: If you would like to save yourself the stirring and make the bites a bit easier to scoop/roll, just add all of the ingredients to a food processor and puree until smooth. Then scoop the mixture into 28 equally-sized bites, roll and store.
  • Make energy bars: If you don’t want to roll the energy bites into balls, you can make them into easy energy bars instead. Just line an 8×8 or 9×9-inch baking pan with parchment, press the ingredient mixture firmly and evenly into the base of the pan, refrigerate until chilled, carefully lift out the parchment and transfer the bars to a cutting board, and use a knife to cut the bars into 14 (1 per day) or 28 (2 per day) equal servings.
  • Make energy scoops: Alternately, you can just keep the ingredient mixture in a bowl in the fridge, then scoop out approximately a 1/4-cup serving to eat each day.
  • Make them vegan: Use vegan chocolate chips and maple syrup (instead of honey).
  • Make them gluten-free: This recipe is already gluten-free. But as always, be sure to double-check the labels (especially with the oats) to be sure that each ingredient is certified gluten-free.
  • Use a different sweetener: As mentioned above, you are welcome to sub maple syrup or a different natural sweetener in place of the honey. But please note that these bars may be more crumbly if you do.
  • Use a different nut butter: Natural cashew butter or almond butter would also work well in this recipe, in place of peanut butter.

SEED CYCLING ENERGY BITES RECIPE

Prep time: 20 mins

Cook time: 0 mins

Total time :20 mins

Yield: 28 balls (per recipe)

DESCRIPTION

This simple Seed Cycling Energy Bites recipe is a delicious way to eat the daily serving of seeds recommended to help naturally balance women’s hormones.

FOLLICULAR PHASE ENERGY BITES (DAYS 1-14)

LUTEAL PHASE ENERGY BITES (DAYS 15-28)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients. Stir all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until evenly combined.  (If the mixture seems too dry or isn’t sticking together well, add in a few extra tablespoons of nut butter.)
  2. Chill. Cover the mixture and refrigerate for 1-2 hours to chill.
  3. Roll into balls. Using a medium cookie scoop or a spoon, scoop out approximately 2 tablespoons of the mixture and roll it into a ball.  Repeat with the remaining mixture.  (Each recipe above should yield about 28 balls, so you will need to eat 2 per day during each phase of your cycle in order to get the recommended serving of seeds.)
  4. Refrigerate.  Store in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

NOTES: 

Serving size: To be extra-accurate with the serving sizes, you are welcome to weigh the total ingredient amount of each recipe and divide by 28 to know how large to make each energy bite.  (I found that the follicular bites needed to be approximately 47 grams each, and the luteal bites needed to be 57 grams each.)  But as a rough estimate, you can just use a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop to measure out each bite.  With this measure — which yields approximately 28 smaller bites — you would need to eat 2 per day in order to eat the recommended serving of seeds.

Storage time: To be on the safe side in terms of food storage time, I recommend making a fresh batch of energy bites every two weeks — first, a batch for your follicular phase (days 1-14), and then, a batch for your luteal phase (days 15-28).  Or you can also freeze these energy bites for up to 3 months (just be sure to thaw before eating, otherwise they will be rock solid).

Bars/scoops alternative: See notes above for how to make energy bars or scoops instead, if you prefer not to roll the mixture into energy balls.

Prep time: The prep time listed does not include the extra (optional) time recommended to chill the mixture, which simply makes it easier to roll into balls.