Easy Kid-Friendly Energy Bites That are Healthy and Nut-Free

Nut-free, easy, healthy, kid friendly snacks recipe.

Ever feel guilty for handing out store-bought granola bars to your kids when they’re hungry? I do! I know there are some healthier options now but in a sea of different types of granola bars, I get overwhelmed and buy the brand that I know.

I don’t even want to look at the ingredient list as I know sugar is probably at the top of the list, plus some other unpronounceable ingredient.

But they are just so handy! Pre-packaged and all. My kids are always hungry and in a pinch, it’s just so easy to grab something from the pantry that is ready to go.

Another tricky thing is the school will only accept snacks that are nut-free, so that really limited my choices.

A few weekends ago,  I came across a sampling station at our local grocery store. They were handing out these little balls of snacks that looked so healthy and tasted very delicious. When I bought the ingredients home and tried to make it myself, it was super crumbly and I had a hard time making them into balls or squares for the kids.

After tweaking the recipe a few times, I think I’ve got it. My kids loved it. My husband will now snack on them too. I have also added them to my kids’ lunches.

The best part, you can easily substitute the ingredients for something else.

By the way, these are gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free. Try it and let me know how you like them!

Nut-free, easy, healthy, kid friendly snacks for school

Nut-free, easy, healthy, kid friendly snacks for school

Nut-free, easy, healthy, kid friendly snacks for school

Nut-free, easy, healthy, kid friendly snacks for school

Nut-free, easy, healthy, kid friendly snacks for school

Easy and Healthy Energy Bites That are Nut-Free and Kid-Friendly


  • 1 cup of dry rolled oats (choose gluten-free ones to make this truly gluten-free)
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconuts
  • 2/3 sunflower butter or any butter
  • 1/2 cup milled/ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I love Enjoy Life brand)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Stir all ingredients together with a fork until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Cover and chill in the fridge for 30 mins.
  3. Once chilled, put them in a parchment paper lined brownie pan.
  4. Squish them tight together with a spatula or back of spoon.
  5. Or you can hand roll them into balls.
  6. Store in fridge, in an airtight container will last you up to 1 week.

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  • Reply
    Melanie Yunk
    May 23, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    These bites look delicious! Remember to use gluten free oats to be truly gf! Can’t wait to make a batch for myself. Thanks for the recipe, Ling!

    • Reply
      Ling Abson
      May 28, 2016 at 1:06 am

      Hey Melanie! I guess even though oats themselves are gluten-free, they are often contaminated at the processing facilities. Good to know! I will add that in the recipe as a reminder! 🙂

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