No Bake SunButter Energy Bites

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Made with rolled oats, sunflower butter and a little maple syrup these healthy no bake sunbutter energy bites are packed with flavor and kid-approved. They’re also nut-free so they’re school-safe!

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.

Energy bites made with sunbutter in a pink bowl.

For most families, the school-year structure requires more meal planning and meal prepping – especially if you’re trying to make sure the snacks and meals are healthy.

To help you out in this department, I wanted to share this super simple, kid-approved, school-friendly snack: sunbutter energy bites!

They’re made with homemade sunflower seed butter so are allergen friendly (nut-free, dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free) and perfect for a lunchbox treat or after-school snack.

Ingredients measured out to make sunflower seed butter bites: oats, chocolate chips, sunbutter, chia seeds, flaxseed, raisins, maple syrup and salt.

Here’s What You Need

  • rolled oats – make sure you grab certified gluten-free if needed!
  • flaxseed – flax seeds are great sources of healthy fats, fiber and even plant-based protein!
  • chia seeds – chia seeds are also high in healthy fats, fiber and plant-based protein!
  • raisins – look for unsweetened raisins for a slightly sweet, chewy addition. Feel free to skip these or use a different dried fruit if your kiddo isn’t a fan of raisins. I bet dried cherries, cranberries or dates would be delicious!
  • chocolate chips – I like using Lily’s chocolate chips because they are sugar-free.
  • sea salt – just a pinch!
  • sunflower seed butter – I made my own (here’s my sunflower seed butter recipe) but if you want to take a shortcut you can absolutely use store-bought! Just look for one without any added sugar or oils. If you don’t need these to be nut-free, any nut butter would work as well.
  • maple syrup – one of my preferred natural sweeteners. You can totally skip this or use another liquid sweetener like honey or agave.
SunButter energy bites laid out on a marble surface with a few oats and chocolate chips scattered around

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 depending on how old and independent they are.

These bites are sure to be a family favorite. Parents love them because they’re healthy, portable, school-safe and easy to make. Kids love them because they have raisins and chocolate chips so they taste like a real treat.

Sunbutter energy bites in a glass meal prep storage container.

How to Store SunButter Energy Bites

You can store your energy balls in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. I like using glass storage containers or Stasher bags for storing. They’ll last up to 1-2 weeks in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer.

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SunButter Energy Bites

Made with rolled oats, sunflower butter and a little maple syrup these healthy no bake sunbutter energy bites are packed with flavor and kid-approved. They're also nut-free so they're school-safe!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, mix together oats, chia seeds, flaxseed, raisins, chocolate chips and sea salt. Add sunbutter and maple syrup and mix everything together.
    Ingredients for no bake sunbutter energy bites in a glass mixing bowl before mixing.
  • Using a spoon (or your hands) combine the mixture thoroughly and roll into small balls. You should be able to make around 11-12.
    Ingredients for sunbutter energy bites all mixed together in a glass mixing bowl with a gold spoon.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 1-2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes

  • Raisins: Feel free to skip these or use a different dried fruit if your kiddo isn’t a fan of raisins. I bet dried cherries, cranberries or dates would be delicious!
  • Chocolate chips: If you want to skip the chocolate, you can use more dried fruit. 
  • Sunflower seed butter: You could use tahini in place of the sunflower seed butter. If you don’t need these to be nut-free, any nut butter would work as well.
  • Maple syrup: Feel free to skip this if you prefer or swap in your favorite liquid sweetener like honey or agave.

Nutrition

Serving: 1energy bite | Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sunbutter energy bites
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79 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    We make these once a week. My 7 year old loves them…and so do her friends! I always make them when we have playdates over and they are a hit.

    1. WOO! This is amazing! I am so glad you are both loving this recipe and friends too! Thanks for your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

  2. 5 stars
    These are perfect! I am always looking for quick, healthy and easy snacks for our toddler. We will see if she likes them I but I think they are delicious!

    1. Ahh yay! I hope these are a hit. Thanks for giving these a try and for your review & star rating, I really appreciate it!

  3. Hi, I got the sunflower seed spread from Trader Joe’s instead of the butter. Do you think it will work in this recipe? I want to make these for my KG kids lunchbox.

  4. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Have a hard time not eating more than one at a time! I used a combination of almond butter and coconut butter.

    1. YES! I understand that feeling, these definitely take some self-control to not eat the entire batch! Using a combination of coconut & almond butter sound delicious, thank you for sharing. I appreciate you coming back and leaving your review + star rating, thanks so much for being here!

  5. 5 stars
    Where do I even begin? First, school safe! Also, I love that unlike with other energy balls, I don’t have to drag out my food processor to whip these up. I literally cannot keep up with the demand for these in our kitchen.

    1. So glad this recipe has been a hit!! Thanks so much for making it and for the review, Carla. I so appreciate it!

    1. So pumped this energy bites were a hit, Kate! Thanks so much for the review and star rating. I really appreciate it!

    1. Hey Marine – 1/2 cup rolled oats is about 45 grams and 1/2 cup sun butter is about 120 grams!

  6. 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 🙂

  7. 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

    1. 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. 🙂

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

  9. I love that you all teamed up to share so many great recipes. These look amazing and they have great ingredients. I want to eat these. Thanks for posting.

  10. When I’m super busy at college, I love snacking on rice cakes either slathered in sunflower butter, berries and cinnamon or avocado, sliced radishes and carrots! Delicious and easy!

  11. I was nerdy school-lover too haha! In fact, I still am – starting my grad program next week! These look absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to fill my Lisa Frank backpack with them 🙂

  12. 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!

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

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

  15. My favorite healthy back to school meal is tuna salad sandwich made with avocado instead of mayo and any fresh fruit!

  16. Great ideas! I love wraps filled with veggies and beans or chicken because they’re a great way pack a flavorful and high energy meal.
    xx Sydney

  17. I like to make quiche at least once a week. It is healthy, I can make it ahead of time and it tastes great!

  18. I love crockpot chicken and salsa! So easy, versatile, and it makes a ton, which is perfect for those busy weeknights.

  19. Definitely smoothies – quick, delicious, and you can squeeze in lots of fruits and veggies without the kiddos being any wiser!!

  20. My favorite healthy back to school meal is some hard boiled eggs, homemade hummus, and lots of veggies for dipping.

  21. 5 stars
    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!

  22. 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.

  23. I lovelovelove that you made these peanut free! I could snack on these kisses all day long! Pinned!

  24. My kids favorite after school treats are no bake cookies. I can’t believe it’s almost that time of year again- here in MI, they still have over 3 weeks left of summer break :).

  25. 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.

  26. My go-to grad school meal is an Ezekiel cinnamon raisin english muffin with sunbutter and strawberry preserves.