Add some excitement to your lunchbox with these healthy, nut free choc mint bliss balls! Flavoured with cocoa, mint and dates, 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 a range of nut allergies, most schools these days have become nut-free zones. But that doesn’t mean that school lunches have to be boring. Step up your school lunch box game with these easy, healthy and nut free choc mint bliss balls!
There are lots of great nut-free snack recipes out there. This means that kids can still eat the snacks they love, while also making sure that everyone is safe.
These healthy bliss balls are the perfect nut free finger food! They make an ideal travel snack, are easy for little fingers to hold and are great for kids on the go. Being dairy and nut free, these bliss balls make a safe lunchbox addition, full of goodness to keep tummies full and energy levels up.
Being a busy mum of four, I love snacks that are delicious, quick and easy to make and snacks that can be frozen for convenience. Food that can be grabbed and quickly added to lunchboxes on busy mornings are a huge time saver!
These nut free bliss balls are a favourite snack to make in our home because they are no-bake, minimal mess and can be made and ready to eat in less than minutes!
What are bliss balls?
Bliss balls are simply rolled balls of raw or natural ingredients which have been broken down together in a food processor. The bite-sized balls are sometimes rolled in seeds, coconut or cocoa and make a nutritious high energy snack.
Rather than processed and store bought snacks which have long and hard to pronounce ingredient lists, bliss balls make a great healthy snack option. This is because they usually contain familiar, identifiable wholefood ingredients. You get to control which ingredients are used and keep them free from refined sugars. You can also keep them free from nuts, gluten and dairy and other common allergens too, depending on your requirements. Most bliss balls are also a great vegan snack option!
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.
Options like sultanas, honey, dates, brown rice syrup and maple syrup and oily seeds like sunflower seeds are all great binding choices. Oats, quinoa flakes or seeds can also help to hold the balls together.
How to make healthy nut free bliss balls
These bliss balls are nut free. Instead of nuts, they are bound together by a paste of dates, sunflower seeds and pepitas. They also contain coconut oil and chia seeds. They are easy for busy kids to eat on the go and packed full of goodness. Being nut free, these healthy bliss balls are safe for lunchboxes and make a nutritious, high energy snack.
Although they are healthy, they taste deliciously rich and chocolatey. In fact, they are so good, I have to stop myself from eating the mixture straight out of the food processor!
This nut free bliss balls recipe contains the following ingredients;
- Sunflower seeds. The seeds break down in the food processor and the oil helps to add moisture to the mixture. They are also full of Vitamin B, magnesium, iron, calcium and potassium.
- Medjool dates. The dates are the main binding agent in these bliss balls. You can also use regular dates, soaked in water and drained first.
- Cacao or cocoa powder. For the chocolate flavour. Use either, depending on preference.
- Coconut oil
- Brown rice syrup
- Peppermint essence. Either peppermint essence or food grade peppermint oil are fine. You could also use fresh, chopped mint leaves if you prefer.
These bliss balls are super simple to make! Just add all of the ingredients together in a food processor and blend. Allow the seeds to break down and the mixture to become smooth and bind together. Then, simply roll spoonfuls of the mixture in your hands into bite sized balls. Roll in extra coconut or cocoa for flavour and texture.
Can you Freeze Bliss Balls?
These nut free choc mint balls can be made ahead and frozen for up to three months in an airtight container. The recipe makes 16 and can easily be multiplied for extra batches. I make batches of different healthy bliss balls (try these nut free apple pie bliss balls or lemon delicious bliss balls) over the school holidays and have enough for the entire school term within an hour. To freeze, simply separate the layers with baking paper. This gives you easily accessible, convenient snacks on hand for busy school mornings.
They don’t even need to be wrapped!
Healthy Nut Free School Lunchbox Snacks
To take your lunchboxes to the next level, try some of these healthy, nut free and freezer friendly lunchbox snacks!
- veggie packed nuggets
- homemade guacamole
- choc zucchini muffins
- healthy banana berry breakfast cookies
- vanilla bean 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.
Nut Free Choc Mint Bliss Balls
- ⅔ cup sunflower seeds
- ⅓ cup pepitas
- 1 cup medjool dates pitted
- 1 cup sultanas
- ⅓ cup cacao powder or cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp brown rice syrup or maple syrup
- 4 drops peppermint oil food grade, or 1 tsp peppermint essence
- ¼ cup shredded coconut or extra cocoa powder
- Place all of the bliss ball ingredients together in a food processor and blend. It may take a few minutes for the seeds to break down and for all of the ingredients to come together to form a sticky paste.
- Roll spoonfuls of the mixture into balls and roll in the shredded 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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