These no-bake energy balls are nut-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free. They are a great lunch box snack for kids or adults.
After a month long break from school, planned for the holiday break, and unplanned due to the Thomas Fire, I feel like I’m just starting to get back into a normal routine. It feels like the fall back-to-school season all over again, going from no routine and sleeping in, to making breakfasts and packing lunches all before 7:30am. As part of my food prep for the week I made these nut-free energy balls. While thankfully there aren’t any nut allergies in my family, I know that’s not the case for many, many others. And since nut allergies can be so frighteningly dangerous, it is best to keep school lunch boxes free of nuts, to keep our littlest friends safe.
There’s so much goodness going on here. I’ve used certified gluten free oats from Bob’s Red Mill. This time I used quick oats, but old fashioned are fine too. Flax meal works as a binder and adds a great Omega-3 boost. I keep a package of flax seeds in the freezer and make my own flax meal by blending it in the blender. I add flax meal to my smoothies every day. Sunflower seed butter adds flavor and moisture, and maple syrup adds sweetness and stickiness. You could also use agave or honey if you prefer. Energy balls always need a bit of crunch for texture variation, if you ask me. So instead of my usual nuts, I used toasted sunflower seeds. Mini chocolate chips from Enjoy Life make these extra fun. Enjoy Life chocolate chips are nut-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free.
Mix it all up and store your energy balls in the refrigerator for whenever you need a quick snack, or to pack in lunch boxes.
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