Allergy-Free Energy Bites

My golden birthday was yesterday, and what a wonderful day it was! For the first time, I took the day off for my birthday and Russ surprised me with a day trip to Napa/Sonoma and tickets to see Chicago in the evening. We visited two wineries, Domaine Carneros (pictured below) and Gloria Ferrer, which are both known for their sparkling wines and beautiful views. Afterward, we stopped by Park121 for more wine and a cheese and salumi platter. The weather was beautiful and you simply can’t be a day of wine and cheese sampling. To top it off, the show was amazing. It was the most perfect birthday I could have asked for.

If you missed it, I put together a list of the best birthday cakes for my birthday, but I also wanted to do a giveaway this week. I teamed up with Bob’s Red Mill to bring you a gluten free baking set today, and I’ll actually be doing another great giveaway, and a really cool virtual event, with them soon. If you’re not familiar with Bob’s Red Mill, they make over 400 high quality products, from hot cereal to ancient grains, specializing in whole grains and gluten free. I love their gluten-free all purpose flour mix – I use it in all my GF baking, like these popular gluten-free chocolate cupcakes.

Recently, I was trying to come up with an easy, nutrient-dense snack – something satisfying and tasty, but still healthy. I came across dozens of recipes for no-bake energy bites, usually made with peanut butter, oatmeal, and sometimes chocolate chips. I already had some of Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free muesli (it’s a breakfast favorite around here) and thought I’d come up with a completely allergy-free version of energy bites – meaning, no nuts, gluten, or dairy. I used sunbutter (a peanut butter alternative made with sunflower seeds) and dried blueberries with the gluten-free muesli. The muesli has brown rice crisps, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and coconut, so it adds a nice texture, plus sweetness from raisins and dried cranberries.

The best thing about these, besides the fact that they’re sweet, creamy, chewy and delicious all at once, is that you can really make them your own. Use your favorite nut butter, or mini chocolate chips, or dried cranberries. Put it oats instead of muesli. Anything you want!

If you want to try out Bob’s Red Mill’s GF muesli, plus my favorite GF all purpose baking flour, their GF pancake mix, and GF wonderful bread mix, enter via the form below:

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Allergy-Free Energy Bites

Serving Size: Around 30 1-inch bites

The great thing about these is you can make them your own – there are lots of potential substitutes: oats instead of muesli, wheat germ instead of flax seed, any dried fruit or mini chocolate chips instead of the dried blueberries, and any nut butter in place of sunbutter.


  • 1 cup gluten-free muesli
  • 1/2 cup flax seed, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sunbutter
  • 4 tablespoons honey


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the muesli, flax seed, cinnamon, and dried blueberries.
  2. Add the vanilla, sunbutter, and honey. Stir (or mix with your dry, clean hands) until combined.
  3. Place dough in fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. Roll dough into 1″ balls. Store in the fridge.
  5. Refrigerator dough for 30 minutes.
  6. Roll dough into small bite-sized balls.

27 Comments on Allergy-Free Energy Bites

  1. Kelly Fiock
    August 30, 2013 at 12:25 am (9 years ago)

    I would make my own version of gluten free Cowboy Cookies! Yum!

  2. Anna M. Lavender
    August 30, 2013 at 1:10 am (9 years ago)

    I would make bread, cereal, allergy-free energy bites 🙂 Happy belated birthday. I enjoyed the photos and appreciate the recipe. Keep up the good work.

  3. Beverly
    August 30, 2013 at 7:54 am (9 years ago)

    I would make these energy bites but with pecans and dried blueberries 🙂

  4. Dee Fedor
    August 30, 2013 at 9:47 am (9 years ago)

    I would make these awesome sounding energy bites, and some pancakes for starters!

  5. Lauren
    August 30, 2013 at 10:05 am (9 years ago)

    Love this!! I would attempt gluten free chocolate chip cookies! 🙂

  6. Allison
    August 30, 2013 at 11:26 am (9 years ago)

    I’m not sure exactly what I would make…but I would definitely have fun finding something to experiment with! That’s my favorite game lately – what healthy alternatives (that don’t necessarily taste healthy) are there to naughty foods!

  7. Elizabeth
    August 30, 2013 at 11:29 am (9 years ago)

    Smores Pancakes!

  8. Kari M
    August 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm (9 years ago)

    I’d make cookies!

  9. Kelly
    August 30, 2013 at 1:15 pm (9 years ago)

    I would TOTALLY make your cookies!! Yum!

  10. Mimi
    August 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm (9 years ago)

    I would make gluten-free cookies first!

  11. Maggie Fout
    August 31, 2013 at 7:49 am (9 years ago)

    I would make GF vegan cookies for my boys with allergies.

  12. Julie
    September 1, 2013 at 6:40 am (9 years ago)

    I would make blueberry pancakes

  13. Wehaf
    September 1, 2013 at 11:58 am (9 years ago)

    I would start with banana date muffins, and also put a chicken pot pie, spiced waffles, and a bowl of muesli on the list.

  14. Madeline
    September 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm (9 years ago)

    I’d make different kinds of breads and muffins, like zucchini and pumpkin.

  15. Trina Faleer
    September 3, 2013 at 6:57 am (9 years ago)

    I would make a family traditional desert – kolache.

  16. Heather
    September 3, 2013 at 7:25 pm (9 years ago)

    I would make zucchini bread

  17. elaine scotton
    September 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm (9 years ago)

    some incredibly healthy pumpkin pancakes.

  18. ritika
    September 4, 2013 at 6:26 am (9 years ago)

    I would make gluten free chocolate chip cookies

  19. Julie
    September 4, 2013 at 6:41 am (9 years ago)

    My daughter and I have Celiac Disease, so we would make all kinds of stuff with these goodies. I’m especially interested in their bread mix. I haven’t had great luck making gf bread since going gluten free.
    Julie recently posted Gluten Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  20. Carol
    September 4, 2013 at 7:16 am (9 years ago)

    I like chocolate chip cookies

  21. Julia
    September 4, 2013 at 10:05 am (9 years ago)

    I would love to make some gluten free muffins!

  22. Aimee
    September 4, 2013 at 10:10 am (9 years ago)

    I would make the pancakes! We are all gluten-free in my house and my daughter loves pancakes for breakfast.

  23. Jeni
    September 4, 2013 at 10:17 am (9 years ago)

    I would make cookies!

  24. Kelster
    September 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm (9 years ago)

    I’d make a loaf of bread first. I’ve always wanted to make gf bread.

  25. Desiré
    September 4, 2013 at 10:26 pm (9 years ago)

    I would make a black forest chocolate cake and pancakes! God, I miss pancakes!


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