No bake, clean ingredients and crazy delicious–I’m talking I could tell my kids these were cookies and they’d have no idea they’re packed with B vitamins, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. This is also free of: grains, gluten, dairy, egg, peanut, tree nuts and oats. Yes, an energy ball that is oat free! These can also be easily made vegan too.
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If your child needs to be grain-free or has food allergies–it can be super tough to find filling snacks. I feel like my friends’ kids live of crackers, nutrigrain bars and protein bars–(jealous!) all of which can be next to impossible to find or super expensive to find something comparable that’s safe for my kids.
I’ve been on the hunt for awhile now to have something homemade that actually fills them up (IE–has lots of protein) and that they’ll actually eat.
I kept seeing these “power balls” or “energy balls” float around the Internet for the past two years or so. I’d always be sad and wish that my son could have them–but I’ve only seen them made with oatmeal, and my son is allergic to oatmeal so I figured we’d never get to experience the no-bake bliss of these rolled wonders.
Lately, I’ve discovered the magic of buckwheat–it’s not even a grain, or related to wheat–someone just had a really bad idea to name it. I always figured it wasn’t safe until I realized only the name was misleading. It’s the best grain substitute and so I figured I’d try it in this super popular energy ball recipe and see if it’d still bind and taste good.
And it is WONDERFUL. Truly. Even my husband who doesn’t like the taste of SunButter really liked these balls. My kids will legit eat 3-4 in a row, and I don’t even mind. It’s a snack I don’t feel like I have to put limitations on because it has no refined sugar and it’s full of good stuff. I even find myself downing a bunch at a time. I basically need to start doubling the batch each time because we go through sixteen balls in one day. (Note–you can use any nut butter that works for your diet–there is a soy butter and of course almond, peanut–whatever works).
The texture is even fabulous! The crunch from the chia seeds and buckwheat groats gives it a nice chew (reminiscent of the days when we could have that lovely snap from nuts), so that it’s not this soft, wet ball–like a lot of them look like. And by all means, if you’d rather not include chocolate, craisins would be just as yummy too!
I see myself adding these to lunches when I have to pack them next year and just always having them on hand.
Having hungry kids complain there is nothing to eat is one of the most frustrating things a mom can hear–especially when you have hungry boys who are bottomless pits. Don’t get me wrong–they love to snack on carrots and apples and such–but those never fill them up and five minutes later they’re scavenging the kitchen. It’s even more stressful when you feel like you don’t have a lot of options due to food allergies. I’m so grateful I’ve found a homemade, easy snack that is allergy-friendly!
I hope your family enjoys these Gluten, Dairy & Oat-free Energy Balls too!
- 1 cup buckwheat groats (slightly broken down in the blender)
- ½ cup SunButter (or any variety of a nut or seed butter that works for your diet)
- ⅓ cup honey--if vegan swap for agave
- ¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips (craisins)
- ½ scoop vanilla protein powder (can be omitted--but I like the extra protein--use whatever brand is safe for your diet)
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- dash of sea salt
- In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add all of the ingredients and mix until everything is incorporated.
- Using a cookie scoop, scoop one ball at a time and place them on wax paper. (I find sometimes I have to use my hands to help roll it into a ball if it's a bit crumbly.)
- Chill for 30 minutes. Can be stored room temp or in the fridge, covered.
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