Nut Free Energy Bites

Looking for a nutrient-dense and easy-to-make snack? These Nut Free Energy Bites 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!

Nut free energy bites in a storage container.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. 

Ingredients for nut free energy bites in a mixing bowl.

What’s in them?

  • Sunflower Butter (though really any seed or nut butter works here!)
  • Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • Ground Flax Seed
  • Raw Sunflower Seeds
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Chia seeds
  • Maple Syrup
  • Optional Add-ins: Dried Cranberries, Raisins, Chocolate Chips

How to Make Them

And this is our favorite part! 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 super simple.

Once the ingredients are fully combined, roll them into balls and store!

Energy bite dough mixed together.

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.

They are stable at room temperature, so are perfect safe to be out of the refrigerator for a few days if need be.

Rolling sunflower seed energy balls.

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No Bake Nut-Free Powerbites

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Yield: 10 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 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 raw honey
  • 1/2 cup mix of dried craneberries, golden raisins, and dark chocolate chips (these or these are great)

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl 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!
  • Notes

  • I like to store them in the refrigerator
  • Nutrition

    • Calories: 175
    • Sugar: 2.2g
    • Sodium: 14mg
    • Fat: 14.3g
    • Saturated Fat: 3.3g
    • Carbohydrates: 8g
    • Fiber: 4.4g
    • Protein: 4.9g
    • Cholesterol: 0mg

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    March 9, 2020

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    1. Can I leave out the chia seeds or substitute something else in its place. Chia seeds are very expensive in South Africa, so don’t stock them in mu pantry.

    2. HAD to make these today. Instead of using the 1/2C of cranberries, raisins, and chocolate chips I used a 1/4C of cacao nibs, simply because I love cacao nibs! I ended up with twelve balls. I obviously tasted one immediately and they are fantastic. Cannot wait to have one later after they chill in the fridge for a few hours. Thank you!!

    3. Just made a batch. Fantastic!!! We start school in a week and my girls are going to love having this sweet treat for lunch. Love healthy sweets! These will be made weekly. Thank you again!!

    4. That looks amazing! But what is sun butter? I’m living in Europe a don’t know it. How can I substitude it? Thanks for answer:-)

    5. SUNBUTTER is sunflower seed versions of peanut butter! I found it @ my Canadian Bulk Barn, super yummy!! If you google it you can find home recipes to make it!

    6. Hi, this recipe looks great! I was wondering if I could use it in a blog post I’m writing on healthy peanut-free snacks? I would just be using a photo and will have a link back to this post for the recipe.

    7. Thanks for the recipe, we love the flavor! Mine turned out a small bit dry, should I add more sunbutter? Also how long can they be stored in the fridge? Thanks again!

    8. I really like the flax in these! I substituted poppy seeds for the chia seeds, no problem. But I accidentally used salted sunflower seeds instead of raw and oops – too salty! (duh) When I was a kid, we rolled the balls in the coconut at the end and the flavor comes out better. I think I’ll do that next time but wanted to try your way first.

    9. Love these! I’ve made them many times for the kids’ lunches and usually end up eating at least half of them at work. Great recipe!

      1. Coconut is not a botanical nut; it is classified as a fruit, even though the Food and Drug Administration recognizes coconut as a tree nut. While allergic reactions to coconut have been documented, most people who are allergic to tree nuts can safely eat coconut.

    10. 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!

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    11. 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!

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