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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.