Healthy lunchboxes don’t have to be boring! Flavoured with cinnamon and apple pie spices, these nut free bliss balls are made using healthy, kid-friendly ingredients. A tasty and popular snack for kids and adults alike.
Nut Free Bliss Balls
Due to nut allergies, most schools these days are nut-free zones.
Luckily, there are lots of great nut-free recipes out there, meaning kids can still eat delicious snacks while also ensuring an environment that is safe for everyone.
These healthy bliss balls are the perfect nut free finger food! Ideal for snacking, travelling and for kids to eat on the go. Being nut free, they are a safe lunchbox addition and make a great, high energy snack to keep you going throughout the day.
Being a busy mum, I am a huge fan of delicious, easy to make snacks that can be frozen for convenient grab and go snacks on busy mornings.
These nut free bliss balls are one of the best school snacks to make because they are no-bake, minimal mess and made in a food processor within minutes!
What are bliss balls?
Bliss balls are simply rolled balls of nutritious wet and dry ingredients which have been blended together in a food processor. The bite-sized balls are sometimes rolled in coconut, seeds or cocoa and make a healthy, high energy snack.
Rather than processed snacks with long ingredient lists, bliss balls make a great snack choice. This is because they generally contain a list of familiar, identifiable wholefood ingredients. You can control exactly what goes into them and they are generally free from refined sugars, gluten and dairy too.
Bliss ball recipes often contain cashews or other nuts as a binding agent. But when you need your snacks to be nut free, there are lots of easy substitutes to ensure the bliss balls still stick together.
Ingredients like medjool dates, sultanas, maple syrup, honey and oily seeds like sunflower all can be used as sticky binding substitutes. Oats, quinoa or seeds can also help to hold the balls together.
How to make healthy nut free bliss balls
This nut free bliss balls recipe contains the following ingredients;
- Fresh apple. This recipe contains a whole apple, cored and diced. Any variety of apple works. There is no need to remove the skin.
- Dried Apples. To help bind the balls together and for extra apple flavour!
- Coconut, plus a little extra for rolling.
- Cinnamon, ground ginger and vanilla
- Chia seeds
- Maple syrup, this is optional and can be left out. The balls are also sweetened by the apples and sultanas.
To make these balls, simply combine all of the ingredients together in a food processor and blend until well combined and holding together. Then, roll spoonfuls of the mixture in your hands into balls.
Getting the perfect consistency with your bliss balls is key. Too wet, and they will be sticky and hard to eat. Too dry and they won’t hold together. If the mixture is slightly sticky, you can add a little more oats or coconut. Too dry, add a little maple syrup, or apple puree if you want to avoid extra sweeteners.
Healthy nut free school lunchbox snacks
Most kids and adults love snacking! But the type of snacks we eat are important to consider. Packaged snacks can lack vital nutrients and also be high in sugars, saturated fats and preservatives. Take control by making your own freezer friendly snacks! That way, you know exactly what you and your kids are eating.
Along with a mix of fruits, vegetables, grains and protein, try adding these healthy homemade snacks;
- veggie packed nuggets
- nut free choc mint bliss balls
- homemade guacamole
- choc zucchini muffins
- healthy banana berry breakfast cookies
- chia pudding
- easy berry overnight oats
- nut free apricot balls
- homemade sausage rolls
For more great lunchbox tips and recipes, see these time saving tips for delicious school lunches or try this great e-book full of 50 freezer friendly, nut free school lunch snacks.
Apple Pie Nut Free Bliss Balls
- 1 apple cored and diced (peel on)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup freeze dried apples or dried apples (see notes below), roughly chopped
- 1 tsp cinnamon ground
- ¼ tsp ginger ground
- 3 tbs maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- ½ cup desiccated coconut plus extra, for rolling (optional)
- ⅓ cup sultanas
- 2 tbs chia seeds
- Place all of the ingredients together into a food processor and blend until all of the ingredients break down and the mixture starts to stick together. If the mixture is too sticky, add a little more oats or coconut as needed.
- Roll spoonfuls of the mixture into balls and roll in the extra coconut. Serve, or refrigerate until required. These balls can also be frozen in batches for easy school lunches. Enjoy!
If you try these nut free bliss balls, I’d love to hear about it! Feel free to leave a comment or review below, or send me a message. For more food inspiration, tips and to share your own recipes and creations, head over to my Facebook Recipe Group.
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