Nut Free Energy Balls (3 Ingredients!)


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An easy 3 ingredient recipe for nut free energy balls made without dates! Keto and low carb, these energy bites take 5 minutes to make! Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free. Dairy Free, Sugar Free, Grain Free.

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nut free energy balls

I always thought myself to be a full-fledged peanut butter lover. If ever I saw a recipe made with peanut butter, I’d choose it without even considering the other options. Come snack time, I ALWAYS try to incorporate peanut butter into it.

A while back, I accidentally grabbed a jar of sunflower seed butter. SunButter, a brand of sunflower seed butter, looks extremely similar to peanut butter, so I could be forgiven for this mistake. Smooth, creamy, and rich in flavor, I was converted. I was now a SunButter fan.

Is SunButter better for you than peanut butter?

Like peanut butter, SunButter is made of ground-up sunflower seeds. It’s slightly darker in color and has a rich and robust taste. 

Nutritionally, SunButter is very similar to peanut butter. They both contain high amounts of healthy fats, high amounts of fiber and are both packed with protein.

SunButter is a fantastic option to replace peanut butter in recipes, especially to keep them nut-free and allergen-friendly. 

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Is SunButter keto friendly? 

Like peanut butter, SunButter is keto friendly. It’s super low in carbs, containing a mere 1.4 grams of net carbs per 2 tablespoon serving (32 grams).

Be wary though- The keto friendly sunflower seed butter MUST be 100% unsweetened. There are several varieties of SunButter than contain added sugars and sweeteners. 

SunButter Energy Balls- Just 3 Ingredients

  • Sunflower Seed Butter
  • Coconut Flour
  • Keto Maple Syrup 

As mentioned earlier, ensure your sunflower seed butter has no added sugars. I actually prefer ones with some salt in it, as it brings out the natural sweetness. Another nut free spread you can also use is tahini. I once made a keto tahini fudge and LOVED the flavor of it.

Keto maple syrup is made from monk fruit sweetener. It’s super low in carbs, has no added sugar and replaces maple syrup or other liquid syrups easily. If you don’t follow a strict low carb diet, you can use maple syrup or agave nectar instead.

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How to make SunButter energy bites

Making these sunflower seed butter fat bombs is ridiculously easy!

Start by adding all your ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Mid very well, until a smooth, thick batter remains. Allow the dough to sit for 30 minutes, to thicken. You can also refrigerate it for around 20 minutes.

Once the dough has firmed up, form small balls and place them on a lined plate or tray. Refrigerate or freeze them until firm. 

SunButter Substitutions

As mentioned earlier, you can substitute the sunflower seed butter for any smooth or creamy nut or seed butter.

Keep it 100% nut-free by using tahini or wowbutter, a spread made without any nuts.

If you can tolerate nuts, you can use smooth peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter.

NOTE: The nut/seed butter MUST be smooth, otherwise the fat bombs won’t form into balls. 

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Nut Free Energy Balls (3 Ingredients)

5 from 17 votes
Easy 3 ingredient no bake nut free energy balls, made with no sugar, no grains and no nuts! Low carb, keto and paleo friendly, these fat bombs are the best sugar free snack! Vegan, Gluten Free.
Servings: 40 Balls
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins



  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all your ingredients and mix well, until a smooth and thick batter remains. If the batter is too thick/crumbly, add 1-2 tablespoons of water or milk, to thin out.
  • Using your hands, form small balls and place them on a lined plate or tray.
  • Refrigerate until firm.


* You can substitute this for pure maple syrup, agave nectar or honey.
Store nut free energy balls in the fridge, in a sealed container. They can also be stored in the freezer, for up to 6 months. 


Serving: 1BallCalories: 85kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 9mgFiber: 3gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 2g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. Oh wow, these look DIVINE! I am such a huge fan of sunflower seed butter–I recently tried this vanilla spiced sunflower seed butter and dark chocolate sunflower seed butter from 88 Acres! I need to use one of those (or maybe both in a half batch?) for this batch. Yay!

    1. I don’t recommend using a flour that should be heat treated beforehand. You can use oat flour, but double the amount.