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One-Bowl Lunchbox Energy Bites (Nut-Free)

Yield 30 energy bites

A wholesome, easy, tasty treat, One-Bowl Lunch Box Energy Bites (Nut-Free) are perfect for lunch boxes, as an afternoon snack, or as a quite bite on-the-go.


  • 1 ½ cup whole rolled oats (not instant)*
  • ½ cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • ½ cup ground flax seed
  • teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
  • ½ cup sunflower butter warmed to soften
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips optional**


  • In a large bowl, mix together the oats, coconut, flax seed, and salt.
  • Add the sunflower butter, coconut oil, honey, and vanilla extract, stirring until well combined.
  • Add the chocolate chips, if using, stirring until well incorporated.
  • Scoop 2 teaspoons of the dough, then roll into a ball. Place the ball on onto a sheet pan lined with parchment or a silicone mat. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Store, tightly covered, in the refrigerator up to 5 days.


*Use gluten-free oats if you’d like this recipe to be gluten-free.
**Use dairy-free chocolate chips if you’d like this recipe to be dairy-free. I like these.
Skip the chocolate chips if you want to keep this recipe completely refined sugar-free.
Invite your child to help make these energy bites. He or she can stir all the ingredients together, scoop the dough, and roll each bite into balls.

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