Nut Free Snack Bites

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With the kids heading back to school tomorrow lunchbox snack options have been on my mind. Nut Free Snack Bites to be precise.

There are so many different types of snack bliss balls getting around cyber space at the moment but generally they consist of a nut base and if your schools and preschools are anything like ours you’re looking at a big FROWN or complete NO NO to nuts being taken to school and understandably with the amount of little kidlets out there with nut allergies (cyber supportive hugs going out to all parents dealing with any food allergies).

Fortunately our 3 kidlets have so far dodged any major food allergies, Master Blake has a slight dairy intolerance but apart from that we’re good. We do enjoy our nuts but keep them for home snacks, which brings me back to the subject of nut free snacks for those lunchboxes!

A week or so ago I saw this post from the gorgeous Lauren over at Create Bake Make for Easy Muesli Balls, and around the same time my sister told me about some Chia seeds she’s been enjoying. Mmmmmm a Nut Free Snack Bite all rolled up into a little ball was on my mind.

The 3 kidlets love their breakfast cereal…… corn flakes, rice bubbles and weetbix are staples in our pantry, I narrowed it down to the bubbles and flakes. Chocolate is another of their loves (I can’t blame them) but I didn’t want these balls to have too much processed sugar unlike my Triple Choc Malteser Balls (I was aiming for a healthier option this time) so dates came into the equation, they act as the perfect sweetener and help to hold these little balls together. Also added to the mix were a few chia seeds which help to keep those little and big tummies fuller for longer and for a little hint of chocolate I added some cocoa (if you want to be super healthy use cacao powder)

The end result was a huge success, by that I mean I rolled 18 balls and by the time I had finished rolling I only had 11 balls to pop in the fridge?? Check out 2 of my little taste testers below, Zadada and Blake were way too quick for me.

Here’s your How-to:

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Nut Free Snack Bites
 
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Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups pitted dates
  • 1 cup cornflakes
  • 1 cup rice bubbles
  • 1½ tablespoons Chia seeds
  • 2½ tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except for desiccated coconut in a food processor.
  2. Whizz together until mixture resembles a rough sticky dough, if mixture is still crumbly add a little more water 1 teaspoon at a time until it will squeeze and hold together (test a teaspoonful in your hand).
  3. Squeeze heaped teaspoonful's of mixture into ball shapes, roll in coconut.
  4. Store Nut Free Snack Bites in an air tight container in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

 

So the lunch boxes are packed (I like to do them the night before), the snack bites are ready and waiting to be eaten along with a wholemeal banana muffin, recipe here, (scroll to bottom of post to NOTE).

What’s your favourite Nut Free snack/treat you pack in the kidlets lunchboxes?

Wishing all the students and teachers a smooth  first week of Term 1.

Until later this week…..

Zamamabakes

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nut free snack bites feature

With the kids heading back to school tomorrow lunchbox snack options have been on my mind. Nut Free Snack Bites to be precise.

There are so many different types of snack bliss balls getting around cyber space at the moment but generally they consist of a nut base and if your schools and preschools are anything like ours you’re looking at a big FROWN or complete NO NO to nuts being taken to school and understandably with the amount of little kidlets out there with nut allergies (cyber supportive hugs going out to all parents dealing with any food allergies).

Fortunately our 3 kidlets have so far dodged any major food allergies, Master Blake has a slight dairy intolerance but apart from that we’re good. We do enjoy our nuts but keep them for home snacks, which brings me back to the subject of nut free snacks for those lunchboxes!

A week or so ago I saw this post from the gorgeous Lauren over at Create Bake Make for Easy Muesli Balls, and around the same time my sister told me about some Chia seeds she’s been enjoying. Mmmmmm a Nut Free Snack Bite all rolled up into a little ball was on my mind.

The 3 kidlets love their breakfast cereal…… corn flakes, rice bubbles and weetbix are staples in our pantry, I narrowed it down to the bubbles and flakes. Chocolate is another of their loves (I can’t blame them) but I didn’t want these balls to have too much processed sugar unlike my Triple Choc Malteser Balls (I was aiming for a healthier option this time) so dates came into the equation, they act as the perfect sweetener and help to hold these little balls together. Also added to the mix were a few chia seeds which help to keep those little and big tummies fuller for longer and for a little hint of chocolate I added some cocoa (if you want to be super healthy use cacao powder)

The end result was a huge success, by that I mean I rolled 18 balls and by the time I had finished rolling I only had 11 balls to pop in the fridge?? Check out 2 of my little taste testers below, Zadada and Blake were way too quick for me.

Here’s your How-to:

snack bites prepping
taste tester 1taste tester 2

Nut Free Snack Bites
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Author:
Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups pitted dates
  • 1 cup cornflakes
  • 1 cup rice bubbles
  • 1½ tablespoons Chia seeds
  • 2½ tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except for desiccated coconut in a food processor.
  2. Whizz together until mixture resembles a rough sticky dough, if mixture is still crumbly add a little more water 1 teaspoon at a time until it will squeeze and hold together (test a teaspoonful in your hand).
  3. Squeeze heaped teaspoonful's of mixture into ball shapes, roll in coconut.
  4. Store Nut Free Snack Bites in an air tight container in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

 

So the lunch boxes are packed (I like to do them the night before), the snack bites are ready and waiting to be eaten along with a wholemeal banana muffin, recipe here, (scroll to bottom of post to NOTE).

What’s your favourite Nut Free snack/treat you pack in the kidlets lunchboxes?

Wishing all the students and teachers a smooth  first week of Term 1.

Until later this week…..

Zamamabakes

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  1. I love any recipe with nuts in them but I’m aware that sending something with nuts in it to Kindy may have catastrophic effects on kids with allergies. I’ve been trying to curb my chocolate eating addiction and may look at getting a food processor so I can make these balls. They look delicious and so healthy.

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      I hope you enjoy them when you do.

      Reply
  2. These look great. I can’t imagine how stressful it must be for parents of kids with allergies. I also can’t imagine how hard it must be for parents to send kids to school WITHOUT peanut butter. It was always a staple in my house.
    These look great and I love that you can just use up bits and pieces that you already have.

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

  3. Perfect!! What a great way to use up cornflakes and rice bubbles!

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

  4. I have sympathy for all the allergy households out there but I did curse under my breath when I found out that my daughters class room is a nut free room. These will be great.

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      I hear you Malinda. Hope you and the kidlets enjoy them.

      Reply
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  7. Great idea. I’d written the balls off because of the nuts, but now they’re back on the lunchbox menu. Thank you x

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      You’re welcome Bele xx

      Reply
  8. How fabulous, I am still a few years off having to pack school lunches and only recently found out about how kids can’t have nuts. These look darn good and well worth a try – thanks.

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      Thanks Lizzie, the kidlets really like them not to mention the big people in the household too. Enjoy

      Reply
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