Nut free Energy Balls

Nut free Energy Balls

Nut free energy balls

These nut free energy balls are similar to the fig and chocolate energy bites  and the apricot snowballs I have made so often before.  This time I wanted to try to make something similar but nut free.  Our kids go to a nut free school, so their packed lunches shouldn’t contain anything with nuts in to avoid kids with nut allergies would get any by accident. When you don’t have a nut allergy and you love nuts that is a bit of a shame, especially if your mum loves to use nuts in cakes, muffins and energy bits of course.

On the other hand, for the kids this is a way of taking into account other people’s needs and looking after one another.  For me, of course, this should be a great opportunity to look for something new, make and bake healthy and delicious things without nuts. So here we go: nut free energy balls! I used seeds instead, they are super nutritious as well, packed with vitamins and minerals. On top of that they are crunchy too, just what I needed for these energy balls!

 

I made three different types of these energy balls, where only the coating is different. The first one has a mix of crushed sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds around them. The second group has desiccated coconut for coating and then I left some bare, simple and shiny.

 

I got a few funny looks about the ones with the crushed seeds:

“Green energy bites, mummy, that is weird!”
“Yes, my love, the green colour comes from the pumpkin seeds.”

Then it went quiet, until:

“Can I have another one???”

Great! So now, they can take these in their packed lunches safely!

Enjoy! I would love to hear from you if you are making them as well! Let me know in the comments here below, or put a picture on Instagram with #morethanjustcarrots so I can find it.

Nut free energy balls

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Prep: Yield: 20 energy balls

You'll Need...

  • 150 grams of dried apricots
  • 125 grams dried figs
  • 60 grams of sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 heaped tbsp cacao

Directions

  1. If you have a good food processor, you can simply put everything, apart from the sunflower seeds, in and let it blend well until you get a sticky mixture.
  2. Now add the sunflower seeds and let them mix in the sticky mixture, you want the seeds to be cut a little but you want to keep some texture.
  3. Roll the mixture into balls, I prefer them fairly small (3 cm diameter, or a bit more than an inch)
  4. Cut the seeds with a knife on a chopping board in crumbs and roll the balls in the crumbs.
  5. Or, if you are using coconut, bring some in a little bowl and roll the balls in it.
  6. Put your energy balls in the freezer for a little while if you want to eat them quickly. If not, keep them in the fridge, they are at their best when they are cool and firm.

Additional Notes

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4 thoughts on “Nut free Energy Balls

  1. What kind of blender do you use? I tried to make these balls today but my blender clearly doesn’t like dried fruit. Is there some strategy you use, or do I simply have the wrong blender?

    1. Hi Neeltje, I have made these with three different food processors so far, the littlest was a Babycook, so not that strong really. But probably a bit stronger than a smoothie kind of blender. The stronger your food processor, the easier. It may also be because of the the type of fruit you are using. If it is very dry and hard, it may be best to soak it for a few hours. I often buy soft dried fruit in Lidl, those are easier to process. I hope you can get it to work!

  2. ok, I’ll try that next time 🙂
    Now it was coarsely chopped at most, but the blender started to have smoke coming out so I had to stop. But I added a bit of water and I was able to make sticky balls out of it. So we’ll just have more to chew on.
    Thanks!

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