Hi there and welcome to your new favorite recipe! No seriously these energy bites are allergy free and amazing. So that means you can pack them in your kids lunchbox and have zero worries. Plus they are amazing for us adults. So what is sun butter and why is this recipe allergy free?
Glad you asked!
Sun butter is a seed butter that is made out of roasted sunflower seeds. It is so rich, creamy, healthy, hearty, and contains NO nuts. Making this a nut allergy free recipe. Nut allergies are becoming more common these days which is terrible because there are many products with hidden nut ingredients or are made in a nut facility. I grew up with not taking anything peanut butter related to high school because we had a student with a severe allergy. That was uncommon 10-12 years ago, but that conversation has dramatically changed. We hear a lot about nut allergies and most schools are nut free.
Food allergies are a serious thing and kids in school that have a severe allergy may feel like they are left out. It is hard to be a bit different in school and when it comes to something as severe as an allergy it is dangerous.
On a lighter note though these Sun butter Sweet and Salty Energy Bites are great to make in large batches and always have on hand. They are a great snack to boost some good wholesome energy and they taste delicious! If you want to change up the recipe from time to time add in some chocolate chips or dried cranberries. These will definitely be a big hit in your house!
Time 45 minutes
Serves: 20-24 bites
¼ cup coconut oil - melted
¼ cup honey
½ cup sunflower butter
1 cup oats (Bob's red mill gluten free oats)
1 cup shredded coconut
½ cup milled flax seeds (optional and I usually don't make it with them)
1 cup pretzels (gluten free- I used Glutino)
1. In a bowl mix together the coconut oil, honey, and sunflower butter. Place in the microwave to melt for 30 seconds. Using a spatula mix together.
2. In a food processor, process the pretzels until fine but not a puree. Then add the coconut shreds, oats, flax seeds, and pulse together.
3. Then add the liquid mixture and pulse until combined into a dough.
4. Scoop and roll the energy balls into a ball and place on a tray to set in the fridge for 30 minutes.
When ready just grab one out the fridge when you are ready to eat one.
Keep the energy bites stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 6 days. You can freeze them and keep them in a freezer bag and to defrost leave them at room temperature for 15-20 minutes.