This is a simple twist on my classic peanut butter chocolate chip energy balls, substituting sunbutter for peanut butter to make them school-friendly. The beauty of energy balls is it’s really just such a malleable recipe, simple to adjust based on your unique dietary needs. This recipe is also gluten-free and can easily be made dairy-free by using dairy-free chocolate chips.

This is an EXCELLENT recipe to make for a school event! And so easy, too!

You can buy Sunbutter at most health food grocery stores, or buy sunflower seeds in the bulk section and make it yourself like I did. I saved almost $7 a jar by making it myself.

For honey, I recommend using raw local honey, or manuka honey. Both have medicinal properties you won’t get from other kinds of honey. And since this recipe is no-bake, all of the nutrients in the honey are preserved! Perfect opportunity to use the superfood honey.

For chocolate chips, mini is my preference for energy balls. You can use regular size, or substitute cacao nibs to keep this recipe refined-sugar free.

Ingredients (makes 20-30 balls):

  • 2 cups organic old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup sunbutter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Mix all ingredients together (in any order)
  2. Roll into balls (I use a cookie scooper to make them evenly shaped)
  3. Enjoy! Store in fridge for ultimate maintenance of freshness and shape.

Note: if mixture is too dry/crumbling too easily, add more sunbutter or honey, or try adding some coconut oil. If mixture is too wet/not holding its shape, try adding more oats or ground flax.



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