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Looking for a nutrient-dense and easy-to-make snack? These Nut Free Energy Balls are packed with sunflower seeds, coconut, chia seed and sunbutter to hold it all together and are the perfect way to fuel your day!
Make a batch on Sunday for easy access snacks throughout the week!
Allergy Friendly Energy Bites
These no bake energy bites are the perfect snack to have on hand in the fridge. They are loaded with healthy whole ingredients and of course, healthy fats, protein, and carbs.
Sunflower seeds are a fiber-packed powerhouse and contain many vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E. Including them in both the whole form and the seed butter make these energy bites a nut-free option to bring to schools! Which is perfect because these energy bites are loved by both kids and adults!
Grab one or two and have a filling bite-size snack, pack it in the lunch box with your kids or serve for a healthy after dinner treat.
Scroll down for the full recipe!
- Sunflower Butter (though really any seed or nut butter works here, but sunflower seed butter for nut-free!)
- Unsweetened Shredded Coconut (can swap for more flax or omit)
- Ground Flax Seed
- Raw Sunflower Seeds
- Vanilla Extract
- Chia Seeds
- Maple Syrup (or honey)
- Optional Add-ins: Dried Cranberries, Raisins, Chocolate Chips… You name it!
Seed Butter Tip!
Make sure your sun-butter (or any nut-butter used!) is fresh and not thick or dry. Thick or dry nut butters will result in an energy ball that won’t hold together well.
How to Make Them
And this is our favorite part!
No Food Processor Needed!
Most energy bites rely on dates for sweetness and for consistency which means they need to be made in a food processor… These however do not!
Which means to make them, all you have to do is mix up the ingredients in a bowl! It really is that simple.
Once the ingredients are fully combined, roll them into balls, let set, and store!
Get The Kids Involved!
Kids love making these! Let them pick the add-ins, do some mixing, or even some rolling! They’ll be excited for their allergy-friendly classroom energy ball when they see it in their lunch box!
How to Store Them
Store energy bites in a covered container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. They can also be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Note: They are stable at room temperature, so are perfect safe to be out of the refrigerator for a few days if need be, but are best stored in the refrigerator.
Store them in an air-tight container or bag for up to 3 months in the freezer. Let sit in fridge overnight to defrost and then eat as desired.
Other Energy Ball Recipes:
- PB and J Oatmeal Energy Balls
- Tart Cherry Coconut Energy Balls (No Bake!)
- Mint Chip Energy Bites
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bites
No Bake Nut-Free Powerbites
- 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut toasted
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup sunbutter homemade or store-bought
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
- 1/2 cup mix of dried cranberries, golden raisins, and dark chocolate chips (these or these are great)
- In a combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Roll into balls and let chill, you can perfect the shape further once they chill in the refrigerator.
- Remove and enjoy!
- Make sure your sun-butter (or any nut-butter used!) is fresh and not thick or dry. Thick or dry nut butters will result in an energy ball that won’t hold together well.
- Store in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks, or freeze for up to 3 months.
Could you suggest a substitute for the ground flax? I have everything else. Thank you
THESE ARE FANTASTIC AND PERFECT FOR KIDS LUNCHES WITH NUT FREE SCHOOLS, THANK YOU
What are the amounts for each ingredient? I could not find in the recipe or ingredients list. Thanks,
So sorry! We had a website glitch. Should be back now and ready for you! Enjoy & thank you for bearing with us!
We absolutely LOVE this recipe. Just curious, is the nutritional info for just 1 ball or?? Thanks!
I loooooved this recipe! My balls are currently cooling in fridge, but I can already tell (from licking the measuring utensils and my sticky hands) that these are going to be absolutely DEEEEEEELICIOUS!!!!!! I made a few modifications to the recipe — specifically (1) swapping the sunflower butter for my favorite nut butter (Trader Joe’s Cashew Butter) and (2) using chopped pecans in lieu of the raisins/chocolate chips/cranberries, as I didn’t have any of the latter and I don’t tend to like those things anyway because they’re too sweet for me. I almost didn’t toast my coconut shreds (because I wasn’t sure how) but I googled and found a quick recipe that said to preheat the oven to 325 F and toast them on a baking sheet for 5-10 minutes, stirring them once to evenly distribute the color and watching them closely so they don’t burn. I put mine in and then nearly forgot about them for ~ 5 mins (so I didn’t do any stirring or watching) but they seemed to turn out just perfect. My only issue was that I found making the balls to be a bit challenging because my mix did not stick to itself perfectly. But I might have needed to use a bit more honey — plus I see that your recipe says that we can form the balls more perfectly after they’ve cooled a bit. So I’m waiting on these to cool while I lick my hands and clean my kitchen. And I’m super excited for what I can already tell are going to be super yummy energy bites! This is going to become a regular staple in my house. I will make these for my kiddos and they’ll love them, I’m sure!
How many balls does this make typically?
Delicious and wow, so easy to make ! Thank you 🙂
Could you by chance also add nutrition values under your awesome recipes please? I’d love to include some of your recipes into our regular treats!
We are working on it, but feel free to use any free nutritional calculator like My Fitness Pal 🙂