For a quick, on the go snack, try these chocolate cherry energy bites! These gluten free, nut free balls are a perfect for a post workout snack or after school treat.
It can be so hard to find a great, tasty, filling snack that’s allergy friendly.
There are some wonderful brands of nut free, gluten free, allergy friendly granola bars and bites, but not every store carries them. And sometimes you might want to make your own fun snack.
That’s where these chocolate cherry energy bites come in. With just a few simple, tasty ingredients, you can make this chocolatey snack that’s free of the top 8 allergens.
It’s no bake, no fuss, and all delicious!
What are energy bites?
Energy bites are simply snacks that are made with wholesome ingredients like dried fruit, seeds, oats, chocolate, maple syrup, sunbutter, or any other thing you’d like to add in. These ingredients are pulsed in the food processor, and then you roll them into balls.
Can I make these bites with a different fruit?
Sure! I have made these with dried cranberries before, and you can easily do prunes, dates, or even dried apricots.
These chocolate cherry energy balls are really so simple! Simply throw all the ingredients into your food processor, and pulse until a chocolatey dough forms. It just takes a few minutes to make a batch of these.
Where can I find dried fruit or seeds that are free of cross contamination?
A great place to find dried fruit and seeds online is Gerbs Allergy Friendly Foods. Another brand that is made in a nut free facility is Newman’s Own Organics dried fruits. Of course you should always call and make sure that any ingredient is safe for your particular needs, as companies do change their procedures from time to time.
For allergy friendly pumpkin seeds, the brand SuperSeedz is great! You can order these on Amazon or Vitacost.
If you’re looking for another easy snack to prepare at home, try these homemade nut free Lara bars.
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Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites (Nut Free).
- Place the pumpkin seeds, gluten free oats, dried cherries, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and maple syrup in a food processor.
- Process until the mixture is fairly smooth - it will be quite thick,
- Take a tablespoon of the mixture and use your hands to roll it into a ball. If you want to roll each ball in more mini chocolate chips, you can do so. Place the balls on a plate or tray.
- Store energy bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will get firmer once they are chilled.
Have you made energy bites before? What’s your favorite flavor?
This post was originally published in July 2015. It has been updated.