Snack Balls (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free)

Make-Your-Own Snack Balls!

IMG_6954Naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free (can be made nut-free)

Snack Balls (feel free to recommend a better name!!) are a staple in our house. I can make up a batch on the weekend, and they (usually) last all week. I love them because they are super easy to make, you can vary the ingredients as much as you want, they taste great, and they are kid-friendly! My 2.5 year-old son loves to help me make these snack balls and they’re great for lunchboxes (may need to use the nut-free version) or an afternoon snack because they taste like cookies! Bonus: it’s totally safe to eat the batter!

Some notes:

-I recommend using a food processor for this recipe. You can also use a high-speed blender, but you may lose some of the batter under the blades.

-You do not have to bake the snack balls, but they are much more transportable when baked (great for food bags!).

-My recipe was inspired by this awesome one from Alysa Bajenaru, the Inspired RD.

Basic Recipe:

  • 2 cups dried fruit of choice – I recommend raisins, craisins, or unsweetened tart cherries (dates, apricots, etc. will also work, but they are VERY sweet)
  • 2 cups of nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts), seeds (pumpkin, sunflower), and/or coconut flakes (unsweetened) – you can do any combination as long as it equals 2 cups (NOTE: use pumpkin, sunflower seeds, and/or coconut for a totally nut-free version; if you react to coconut, just use the seeds)
  • 1 packet gluten-free hot cereal or gluten-free instant oats (about 1/2 cup cooked)
  • ¼ cup chia seeds or flax seeds or hemp hearts (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom (optional) – nutmeg, cloves, ginger, or pumpkin pie spice would also be great!
  • Salt to taste (optional) – I usually eyeball 1/2 teaspoon

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Soak dried fruit in hot water for 10 minutes. Cook hot cereal/instant oats per package instructions. Combine remaining ingredients in container that can easily be poured into food processor (optional).
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  2. Drain dried fruit. Add all ingredients to food processor. Recommended order: dried fruit, hot cereal/instant oats, container of remaining ingredients. Pulse until batter is fully combined.
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  3. Scoop batter onto baking sheet using spoon or small ice cream scoop. Makes about 24 snack balls. Bake for 15-17 minutes until edges are golden brown. Let cool before putting snack balls in airtight container. Baked snack balls can be left on counter, refrigerated, or frozen!
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Enjoy on their own or crumbled on oatmeal, yogurt, or smoothie bowls.

Experiment with lots of different flavors and spices. Let me know your favorite combination in the comments below!