This post is dedicated to a dear friend. One who loves and cares for her own four children, plus three of her husband’s from a previous marriage graciously and without complaint. She is the one who designed this recipe, because before her life became full to overflowing, she also was a very keen baker. Even today, she is often adapting recipes and texting them through to me. This was one of them. And I quote, “I’ve improved on your raw brownies to make them lunchbox friendly… has the girls coming back for more”.

Of course, I had to make them immediately. Oh.My.Goodness. So good! I love bliss balls (there are plenty on this site); they can be such a wholesome snack. The only issue is that they tend to be based on nuts, making them unsuitable to send to school with the kids. These beauties are made without those pesky nuts, and are quick, easy and delicious! This is the kind of recipe I want to provide on this blog – hassle-free recipes that work for the whole family.

To all those wonder women out there, whether working for love or money, doing your best on the good and the bad days, tearing your hair out, making ends meet, denying yourself and going without – this is for you. Give yourself a break and the kids a treat with this nut-free recipe that comes together in a matter of minutes – so that you can provide healthy homemade snacks for your kids when they go back to school. Keep doing what you do – you’re awesome!

Nut Free Bliss Balls
Lunch box friendly bliss balls are made with all the usual suspects – but no nuts!

Makes 30 balls

140g (1 cup) sunflower seeds
95g (1 cup) quick oats
200g (1 cup) Medjool dates, pitted
¼ cup raw cacao
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 – 2 teaspoons water
Desiccated coconut, for coating

In the bowl of a food processor, blitz the oats and seeds first, then add in the dates, cacao, vanilla and coconut oil. Process for 1 minute, then add in water by teaspoonfuls until mixture starts to clump together. Once mixture is binding well, roll tablespoons into balls and coat in coconut.

Refrigerate before serving.

Adapted from my Raw Brownies

Did you make this recipe?
Please let me know how it turned out for you! Leave a comment below and share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #redhotcentre!

If you are keen for more nut-free snack ideas, some fellow Aussie bloggers have put out a free e-book called, ‘Munch ‘n crunch – lunch box ideas’ – get your free copy now! Go to: Bub Grub Hub

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