Made with sunbutter, flaxseed, hemp seeds, raisins, chocolate chips and a splash of maple syrup these healthy no-bake sunbutter bites are packed with flavor, kid-approved and nut-free so they’re safe for school!

I’ve been out of school for a few years (more than I’d like to admit) and Olivia is not quite in school yet, but I still enjoy back-to-school season. I was one of those kids who liked school so I think part of it is nostalgia. Back-to-school clothes shopping was always so fun and I loved buying new school supplies. Backpacks, lunch boxes, crayons, pens and treats for school lunches! Gah, now I want to go shopping.

For most families, the school-year structure requires more meal planning and prepping — especially if you’re trying to make sure the meals are healthy. To help you out in this department, I wanted to share this super simple, school-friendly snack: sunflower butter energy bites! It’s perfect for a lunchbox treat or after-school snack. They are allergen friendly (nut-free, dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free) and made and made with homemade sunflower seed butter.

Sunbutter backpack kisses

Here’s What You Need:

  • rolled oats – make sure you grab certified gluten-free if needed!
  • flaxseed
  • hemp seeds
  • raisins
  • mini chocolate chips
  • sea salt
  • sunflower seed butter – I made my own but if you want to take a shortcut you can absolutely use store-bought!
  • maple syrup

Involve Your Kids!

These energy bites are super easy to make – your kids could even help you out in the kitchen! You can put them in charge of measuring, dumping, stirring or rolling into balls depend on how old and independent they are. They are sure to be a family favorite. Parents love them because they’re healthy, portable and easy to make. Kids love them because they have raisins and chocolate chips so taste like a real treat.

Made with sunbutter, flaxseed, hemp seeds, raisins, chocolate chips and a splash of maple syrup these healthy bites are packed with flavor, kid-approved and nut-free so they're safe for school!

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If you try these sunbutter energy bites please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how they turned out. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers. 


Sunbutter Energy Bites

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 11
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Made with sunbutter, flaxseed, hemp seeds, raisins, chocolate chips and a splash of maple syrup these healthy no-bake bites are packed with flavor, kid-approved and nut-free so they’re safe for school!


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (certified gluten-free)
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 2 Tablespoon raisins
  • 2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup


  1. In a large bowl, mix together oats, hemp seeds, flaxseed, raisins, chocolate chips and sea salt. Add sunbutter and maple syrup and everything mix together. Using your hands, knead mixture thoroughly and roll into small balls. You should be able to make around 10-11.
  2. Store in the fridge for up to one-two weeks or in the freezer for up to a month.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 energy bite
  • Calories: 137
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Sodium: 57mg
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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  1. I An apple and almond butter, rice cakes with hummus, veggies and hummus, greek yogurt, and the wasabi peas at Trader Joe’s are some of my favorite snacks 🙂

  2. I made these with my 5 year old last night and I was so thrilled when she gobbled them up as I rolled them out. She has already asked if I can make these for school. I see plenty of kisses in my future as we gear up for kindergarten!

    PS: My fav snack from my childhood is what we call Poha – flattened rice sauteed with onions, potatoes and peanuts

    • Yay! I’m so glad that your daughter liked them and requested more for school! Sending her best wishes for an amazing school year.

      I’ve never had Poha but it sounds awesome! Anything with potatoes and I’m in. 🙂

  3. Our favorite healthy back to school meal is tacos with lean turkey and lots of veggie toppings!
    Looking forward to trying these Sunbutter bites! ????

  4. Our family is enjoying grilling out chicken and salmon. I’m trying to keep the feeling of summer even though we’re back in school!

  5. my favorite back to school meal is for a filling breakfast – dish up leftover’s from dinner with an egg & some spinach!

  6. I love grain bowls with leftover veggies/protein from dinner for lunch the next day and energy balls are a must between classes!

  7. I love, love, love pickle rollups! I use turkey, laughing cow cheese in pepperjack, and big dill pickles and then slice into bite sized discs mmm! Alongside I have sliced bell peppers, raspberries, and a little dark chocolate. Yum. Makes me want to make it right now ???? thanks for all the great meal ideas!

  8. I realllllllly appreciate the nut-free, allergy friendly snack and lunch options! I’ve got an almost 3-year-old in preschool and he’s tree nut, peanut, soy, and egg free, so I’m excited to make these backpack kisses!!

    Our new favorite lunch option is homemade lunchables in Bento boxes.

  9. My favorite back to school meal was always having a fun type of PB&J in my lunch. The type of nut butter and jelly changed with what was available at the farmer’s market, and the bread varies too. Definitely made a classic sandwich more exciting for school.

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