Sugar, Dairy and Nut Free Energy Balls – Really? These little bundles of goodness are everywhere at the moment. You know the ones – they sit in fancy glass jars on Café counters and are priced somewhere between $2-$4.50 each!
Why not make your own?
Miss 5 loves my Sugar and Dairy Free Energy Balls and Hubby & I Like to use them as a late night treat, instead of gorging ourselves on chocolate!
A friend asked if my normal Energy Ball recipe could be adapted so they would be suitable to make Sugar, Dairy and Nut Free Energy Balls for Kindy and my first thought was , Aw hell no! But I was wrong (nobody tell my hubby I admitted to being wrong ok!) it is totally do-able!
This is the recipe for my NORMAL Energy Balls. If you are a parent with a child with Nut allergies – these are your worst nightmare. Keep scrolling down to the Nut Free version below!
There are no rules, you can pretty much add whatever you like, so if you want to substitute something, go ahead! I also have to add that I generally buy whatever is on special, organic is great but can be a bit pricey, so don’t feel bad if you go for generic brands – they’ll probably taste the same 😉
- 250g Pitted Dates (Even if you don’t like dates, these are great! You can’t taste them, promise)
- 150g Almond Meal
- 150g Mixed Nuts
- 1 Teaspoon Chia Seeds
- 50g Mixed Seeds (Pepitas, SunFlower – Whatever takes your fancy)
- 2-3 Tablespoons Cocoa
- 1 Dessert Spoon Coconut Oil (You may need to heat it slightly to make it runny)
- ½ Cup Coconut
Throw all your ingredients into a food processor and blend the crap out of them – keep blending until you get a consistency you want. I have to stop a few times to scrap down the sides of the bowl. Roll into balls and coat in extra coconut. Refrigerate for a few hours and enjoy!
– I normally soak my dates in water for a couple of hours to soften them first (obviously drain them before blending them).
– You can add more or less of any of the ingredients. I don’t normally measure my ingredients, just go with what looks right.
– Extra ingredients you could try: Dried Fruit, Shredded Coconut, Coconut Meal, Cacao, Choc Chips (if you’re feeling particular naughty), Vanilla Bean Paste, Any combination of Nuts, Protein Powder.
Now, for the Sugar, Dairy and Nut Energy Balls. Remember to check the packaging of your ingredients to make sure they don’t contain Nuts or have been processed with Nuts – It might take a little extra time, but it’ll be worth it.
- 250g Pitted Dates
- 1 teaspoon Chia Seeds
- 50g Mixed Seeds
- 1 Cup Coconut
- 2-3 Tablespoons Cocoa
- 1 Dessert Spoon Coconut Oil
- 1 Cup Oats (NOT the instant kind)
Do exactly the same as the above recipe – Easy Peasy & Tasty!
If you wanted to make them Gluten Free, try substituting the Oats for Coconut Meal.
I made both these recipes on the same day and now we have about 40 Energy Balls… which should last all of 3 days in my house.
Once you’ve mastered the recipe and changed things to your liking, try pressing the mix into a lined slice tray and pouring some ganache over the top, refrigerate and slice into squares – Delish and oh-so incredible naughty!!
Ps: If you have any allergies or you’re baking for someone who does – be sure to read the packaging of your ingredients THOROUGHLY!