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A recipe for a nut-free, gluten-free, Paleo snack that your kids can take to school or you can eat after a workout!
Here I am again with yet another snack ball recipe.
Seriously, I'm obsessed.
They are just the easiest things! They usually take less than 10 minutes to make, require no cooking or baking, and can be customized with a gazillion different flavors.
We make my Tropical Snack Balls quite often but sometimes you just want that chocolate/peanut butter kinda taste.
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Since peanut butter is a no-no on Paleo (peanuts are technically a legume, not a nut), we typically either use almond butter or sunflower seed butter (Sunbutter) as a replacement.
These days many schools request that kids bring in nut-free snacks because so many children have nut allergies, so a lot of times we use Sunbutter to get around that, yet still get the nut butter kinda taste and feel.
I honestly think Sunbutter tastes a lot like peanut butter so it's a great replacement for it anyway. So these avoid many of the common allergens like nuts, dairy, and gluten.
These snack balls literally are: throw ingredients in a food processor. Process. Form into balls. Eat. Does it get easier than that?
Some situations snack balls are perfect for:
- at school snacks
- after school snacks
- after workout or game snacks
- mid-hike, mid-ski, mid-bicycle ride, mid-soccer game, mid-any game snack
- travel food (road trip, for an airplane ride, etc)
- just need a snack snack
- store in the fridge at work in case you need a snack snack
See how versatile these things are? Sorry if I am the gateway to your newest obsession… Could be worse things, right?
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Chocolate Sunbutter Snack Ball Recipe
If you make this snack balls, I'd love to hear how they turned out! Either comment below or share a pic on Instagram and tag me @thrivingonpaleo!
Chocolate Sunbutter Snack Balls
- 1 cup Dates (pitted (approx 8 dates))
- 2 tbs Cocoa Powder
- 1/2 cup Sunbutter (or Almond Butter)
- 1/2 cup Shredded, Unsweetened Coconut
- 2 tbs Mini Chocolate Chips (Enjoy Life brand is dairy- and soy-free)
- Process the dates in a food processor until they come into a ball.
- Add the cocoa powder, Sunbutter, and shredded coconut and then process again until it comes into a ball.
- Pulse in the mini chocolate chips to incorporate them.
- Form the mixture into walnut-sized balls and serve or refrigerate until needed.
These look like an easy, bite size snack that is yummy!
These look like brownie bites! I love how easy they are and how they make the perfect snack.
Love that these are so quick and easy to make and it has a great blend of sweetness and healthy fats.
Love these snack balls. I especially love homemade version. Perfect before and after work out snacks ! Thank you!
This is such a yummy recipe! I would love some of those little bites right now. Love the video too!
Thanks so much Emily!
I’m always in need of versatile snacks, and I’m excited these are nut free as well!
We all need less nuts in our life (the kind you eat and the crazy kind) 🙂
I really love the idea of sunbutter snacks, because I don’t do well with nuts – definitely going to have to get hold of some and give these a try. Thanks!
Yeah, definitely for those of you who don’t do well with nuts Sunbutter is such a great option!
I want some of these right now! This is a great snack to keep in the freezer for those afternoons I need a quick pick me up!
They sure are! Just did that today actually – took one from the freezer. Yum!
Oh man… these are dangerously simple…
heeheehee (evil laugh)
I need to make more energy balls! These look yummy, I’ll go for the sun butter option too!