Nut Free Chocolate Bliss Balls
This is a great recipe for kids lunch boxes. A healthy treat and great snack for the whole family. Perfect for those Mama's sending their kiddies to kindy/school where there are nut-free policies. This recipe is free from refined sugar, gluten, dairy and nuts. I hope you love it as much as we do! x
Now that the kiddies are back to school or kindy, its time for us Mums to get back to making lunchboxes. Like many kindy’s, Freddie’s centre has a nut free policy. Going nut free can be hard for parents. For me, most of the snacks/healthy treats that I usually make for the kids contain nuts. For those in a gluten free household, I’m sure this is the case for you too. I also haven’t yet come across nut-free bliss balls that I can purchase, but lets be honest, they’re much better home-made! So back into the kitchen I went to make a nut-free bliss ball recipe. This recipe is great for those nut-free schools/kindys and also for those families where there are nut allergies.
Bliss balls are such a great snack to have on hand for the kids (and also busy Mums). I usually have bliss balls on hand in the freezer. Great to add to lunchboxes or as a “grab-and-go” as you’re running out the door. They are also super simple to make and don’t take long at all.
This recipe uses just a few simple ingredients that you probably have in the pantry. I opted for activated sunflower seeds for the base of this recipe. Dates were used as a natural sweetener, raw cacao powder, coconut, vanilla, coconut oil and a pinch of salt.
I rolled the bliss balls in coconut. But feel free to use chia seeds (for additional protein), sesame seeds, raw cacao powder etc. You could even dip half in home-made dark chocolate. So many options!
Sunflower seeds are great to use as a base in bliss ball recipes. As a tip, if you already have a favourite bliss ball recipe, you can sub sunflower seeds for the nuts. Sunflower seeds have a nutty taste so are a good option for bliss balls. They are also high in protein and healthy fats. And also contain beneficial nutrients ie Vitamin B, Vitamin E, selenium and magnesium. This makes them a great addition to healthy snacks! I also add sunflower seeds to granola’s, porridge, bircher, on top of toast or salads as a nut alternative.
I made this recipe with Stella and Freddie. Super simple for them to help as long as they don’t mind the noise of the blender. Often the kids run away when I get this going. But they can help put all the ingredients in. And then get their hands dirty rolling the bliss balls or covering them in coconut. And because there is no cooking or setting time, its also good for the kids as there isn’t any waiting time as you can eat straight away. In addition to lots of opportunity to taste test which seems to be the most important.
Its best to store the bliss balls in the fridge or freezer. I prefer the freezer and then they stay cool in the lunchboxes. They should last up to a week in the fridge and three months in the freezer – but trust me, they won’t last that long!
This is one recipe you are going to want to save and make all year long. The kids (and big kids) will love it.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. These healthy treats are very popular in our household. Please let me know if you try these in the comments below or tag me on Facebook, or Instagram. I love seeing all the recipe recreations. Additionally, if you would like to subscribe to my recipe blog, you can sign up below.
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- 1 cup dates (soaked) or Medjool dates
- 1 cup sunflower seeds (I used activated)
- 1/4 c desiccated coconut
- 2T raw cacao powder
- 1T chia seeds
- 1/4 t pure vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- 1T sweeter of choice (i.e. maple syrup) – optional
- 1T coconut oil – optional
- Extra coconut, chia seeds, raw cacao powder for dusting
- If using dried dates, cover with boiled water and leave for 10mins
- Put sunflower seeds in blender – blend until desired texture (either a fine crumb or slightly crunchy).
- Add dates, coconut, raw cacao powder, chia seeds, pure vanilla extract (and maple syrup if using)
- Add coconut oil if mixture needs more moisture
- You can roll straight away or if you have time, put in fridge for 30mins (makes them easier to roll)
- Roll into around 18 balls
- Roll in coconut, chia seeds, raw cacao powder etc
- Store in the fridge for up to 1 week
Notes: *Use organic ingredients when possible. *Use activated sunflower seeds if possible. *If you would like the mix to be sweeter, use more maple syrup. *You can mix it up and use alternative seeds (or nuts)