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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!

Delicious Nut Free Energy Balls to pack

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 Needed:

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.

Nut Free Energy Balls for a nut-free school

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.

To Freeze:

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.

A bite of a Nut Free Energy Ball

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Delicious Nut Free Energy Balls to pack

No Bake Nut-Free Powerbites

4.75 from 4 votes
Servings 10
Prep Time 10 minutes


  • 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.


Calories: 175kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 4.9gFat: 14.3gSaturated Fat: 3.3gSodium: 14mgFiber: 4.4gSugar: 2.2g
Keyword: energy ball, energy bites, Nut-free
Course: Snack
Method: No Bake

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    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.

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  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. These look delicious and I have had some sunflower seeds sitting in my pantry for a while just waiting to be used! I bet they give this some great crunch and something different than the usual almonds or cashews!

  7. 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:-)

  8. 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!!

  9. 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!!

  10. 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.

  11. Yum, these look great! I love sun nut butter. I started making it myself and I can’t go back 🙂
    Great lunchbox treat!