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Vegan Gluten-Free Energy Bites – A Power-Packed Snack

Vegan Energy Bites - A perfect healthy snack

These Power-Packed Gluten-Free Energy Bites are the newest rage in our house…

The idea came from my good friend who has been making a version of these on a regular basis in her house. She can make a double batch and then have them disappear within days.

Not too long ago I decided I would come up with my own version of these (mainly because I could not get a hold of her to get her recipe on the day that I had planned on making them). So…I had to improvise.

I am not sure what she will think of my version compared to hers, but at least my kiddos made an official call that these rock  – especially because they can make them completely by themselves.

We have made them three more times since the original batch, and they are a coveted treat once the boys roll in after school.

They are a power-packed snack and go a long way in holding over the kids to get them through that “witching hour” after school.  And they definitely rank up there at the top of our list, along with our other favorite healthy treat, the Gluten-Free Oatmeal Granola Cookie Bars.

They boast a punch of protein, a hit of Omegas, and are totally nutrient dense. They are naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, and nut-free (though you can easily add nuts to these too). They are also raw.

For a treat that takes only 5 minutes to throw together, you really can’t go wrong by keeping these stashed in the fridge for a quick and healthy snack!

Gluten Free Energy Bites - A Raw and Vegan Snack

Vegan Gluten-Free Energy Bites


  • 1 Cup Certified Gluten Free Oats (or Quinoa Flakes if you don’t tolerate Oats)
  • 3 Tbsp Ground Chia
  • 3 Tbsp Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds (or Pumpkin Seeds, Coarsely Chopped)
  • 2-3 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2/3 Cup Sunflower Seed Butter (or your favorite Nut Butter)
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup OR Raw Honey
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/3 – 1/2 Cup Mix-Ins (such as Raisins, Dried Cranberries, or Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Chips-or a combination of all)


1.  In large bowl, combine Oats, Ground Chia, Hemp Seeds, Cacao Powder, Cinnamon, and Sea Salt. Add in Sunflower-Seed Butter, Maple Syrup, Vanilla, and Mix-Ins. Mix until just combined.

2.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop 1 Tbsp of mixture and roll between hands into ball. Place on cookie sheet. Repeat until all the mixture is used. Depending on the size, this should make about 20-30 balls.

3.  Place cookie sheet in refrigerator for about 30 minutes to set. Once chilled, store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

And for my list of 10 Allergy-Friendly After School Snack Ideas, go check out my post on The Balanced Platter today to find even more ways to beat that dreaded “witching hour”.

10 Allergy Friendly After School Snack Ideas

What is your favorite after school snack? Do you have any new ideas for me?





  1. On September 13, 2012 Emily said

    Kim! I have a challenge for you. As a type 1 diabetic I always need to carry around sugar and snacks in case my blood sugar goes low. I’ve been buying the Enjoy Life bars but they’re getting expensive! It’s also hard to find a GF/DF granola bar that is only about 15 carbs and not too high in fat (these are just to treat lows after all, I want as few calories as possible.
    My challenge is to create a similar product to either a Quaker Chewy bar or the Enjoy life bars. (I used to use the Clif Kidz bars but those too, sometimes make me feel weird as they aren’t totally GF).

    Do you think you could do it? Or help me figure out a way to make some? I’d be really grateful!

    • On September 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      So, have you tried my Granola Bars yet? Kurt had said a long time ago that they reminded him of a Quaker chewy granola bar. I will make a batch of them and then cut them into bars and wrap them in saran. The ones that I am talking about are the link that is in this post. The bars are really really forgiving for substitutions too. I have made them a hundred different ways. And I always add far less sugar than is actually listed in the recipe. Let me know if this was something you were thinking of or if you are looking for something different!! xo

  2. On September 13, 2012 Shirley @ gfe said

    Oh, Kim, these little bites are awesome! I’m not eating chia seed these days, but I could certainly skip that or use some finely ground nuts (or almond flour). I might try these with quinoa flakes instead of oats or oat flour since I don’t have oats on hand. Anyway, total near-instant yum, and great post over at TBP!


    • On September 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Shirley, you can totally replace the chia with almond flour or even flax meal and they would still be the same. I made these with quinoa flakes the other day and they turned out really good. They had a slightly different flavor than when made with the oats but the kids still loved them! I like your “total near-instant yum”.. LOL

  3. On September 13, 2012 Karin said

    If you are allergic to cinnamon, what would be a good substitute? Or can you just leave it out?

    • On September 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Karin, you can totally leave the cinnamon out! I made them without it the first time and they still were great! 😉

  4. On September 13, 2012 Maggie said

    I am with your boys! These rock. I can’t wait to try a version here, I just might be able to get Livvie to eat them 🙂

    • On September 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks, Maggie! Hopefully, you can get that sweet Livvie to eat them. I know my boys said it was sort of like eating cookie dough, so maybe you can just tell her that’s what it is. 😉

  5. On September 13, 2012 Ricki said

    They sound fabulous–almost like raw cookie dough balls. And I do love me some raw cookie dough! 🙂

    • On September 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Haha!! Ricki, I just told Maggie that that is exactly what my boys said these tasted like…raw cookie dough! No wonder they love them. 😉

  6. On September 13, 2012 Inge said

    I made these with combined buckweat-, rice-, millet- and quinoaflakes and ricesyrup and left out the maple syrup and cocoa and quess what? They are a delight and made them in no time.
    Maybe trying to form bars, wrap and take away for the road.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • On September 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Yay! Inge, I love your version of these. These are so versatile and forgiving that you really can play with them and add anything you want to them! Thank you SO much for already coming back and letting me know what you think of them! 😉

  7. On September 13, 2012 Alisa said

    I think no-bakes are my favorite dessert. They combine ease and just the right amount of sweet. And I’m a sucker for anything like cookie dough. These sound great Kim and i love the healthy additions!

    • On September 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Anything no-bake goes a long way over here too, Alisa…especially in summer when it is too hot to think of baking. 😉

  8. On September 13, 2012 Sarena said

    These are perfect! I need to start doing the power bites for the boys. I made peanut butter granola bars the other day and they were perfect for a quick snack or breakfast. I’m definitely trying these out for my hungry guys!

    • On September 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks, Sarena!! Peanut butter granola bars are a big hit here too. If you end up making these, hopefully your boys will like them as much as mine! 😉

  9. On September 13, 2012 InTolerant Chef said

    These do sound good indeed, and I’m sure a little goes a long way in keeping up flagging after school energy 🙂

    • On September 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks, InTolerant Chef!! Yes, these definitely tide the boys over until dinner time. 😉 Anything to keep a peaceful house while I am making dinner…

  10. On September 14, 2012 Alta said

    These sound REALLY good! Especially with sunflower butter!

    • On September 16, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks, Alta. The boys definitely love them with the sunflower butter. And that way our nut-free school allows them! 😉

  11. On September 18, 2012 Amy Green said

    So yummy, Kim! And perfect for snacks and lunch boxes, too. I always love the options you give your readers in the recipe.

  12. On December 6, 2012 April Walker said

    Wow! These are Amazing!!! Yum, husband and kids liked them. Thank you

  13. On October 10, 2014 Rachel said

    I’ve made these a couple times so far and the family (especially my hubby) loves them. Because my two boys cannot have oats (not even the certified gluten-free ones), I substituted Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal. You can use any rice cereal, I’m sure, but we prefer this brand because it’s gluten-free, organic, and has no sweetener or preservatives. The cereal adds a great crunch! I did add just a bit more honey and nut butter (used mostly sunbutter, with a little almond butter thrown in) to make it all stick together well enough to roll into balls.

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