I know many parents are on the hunt for gluten-free snacks and/or dairy-free snacks for their kids. Particularly if they are allergy kids. I know from speaking with parents of allergy kids they say recipes for sugar-free snacks that meet the allergy requirements for their kids can be hard to find, let alone something that is also easy to make. That was the inspiration behind these coconut snowballs, an allergy-friendly treat that is refined sugar-free, and bonus… also easy to make!
This recipe for coconut snowballs is gluten-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, egg-free, nut-free soy free and refined sugar-free so pretty gosh darn allergy friendly. Oh and also vegetarian and vegan. I will say though, that even though they are free from everything they are more of a treat than an all the time type snack. But freaking delicious none the less. Because of the snowball theme, these energy bites or bliss balls are a perfect treat for Christmas time, but also good any time of the year
Is coconut oil healthy?
I use coconut oil in this recipe because it is allergy-friendly and will solidify in the refrigerator. I’m not actually a believer in the supposed one thousand and one mystical health properties some say coconut oil has, ie I’m not adding it to my coffee to lose belly fat. But I also do not believe it is all bad, I think there are times when it is really useful. But if you asked me what is the healthiest fat, I think I would probably go with olive oil as it is so well researched. But trust me olive oil will not work in this recipe or taste good! I wrote a little on the topic a couple of years ago you can find it here please be aware I wrote this when I had a newborn so although well researched you may find the odd spelling error, the article is on my list to go back and update!
Are rice bubbles Gluten-Free?
For my kids, I use rice bubbles as the puffed rice component when making these coconut snowballs. BUT my kids do not require a gluten-free diet. Puffed rice is typically gluten-free and you can usually find un-adulterated puffed rice cereals at the supermarket. Generally speaking, however, Rice Bubbles etc are not gluten-free as most contain some malt used to add colour and flavour. So check the labels of the puffed rice you are buying to see if it meets the gluten-free requirement.
These coconut snowballs are part of my allergy-friendly recipe collection, these recipes are free from the top 8 food allergens: Dairy, wheat, egg, soy, peanut, tree nuts, fish & crustaceans
This recipe with just a few tweaks transforms into a great Healthy Coconut Ice Slice, perfect for kids to make and an awesome festive treat!
Try the coconut ice slice version here!
I am an ambassador for Countdown New Zealand this means they support my blog by gifting ingredients for recipe creation. I used Essentials coconut milk, countdown honey and countdown desiccated coconut in this recipe, all of which were gifted by Countdown NZ
- 2 cups desiccated coconut + optional additional for rolling
- 1 cup puffed rice
- 50g coconut oil (approx 3 Tbsp)
- 3 Tbsp Honey
- 2-3 Tbsp coconut milk
- Place coconut, puffed rice and oil in a food processor blitz until very fine
- Add honey and coconut milk and blitz until well combined and starting to come together, you may need an extra tablespoon of coconut milk
- Refridgerate the mix for approx 15 mins, this makes it easier to roll into balls
- Roll into 24 balls (approx 2 tsp fulls of mix per ball)
- Roll in additional desiccated coconut if wished
- Refrigerate for 1-2 hrs
- For this recipe to be gluten-free check the puffed rice you are using, standard rice bubbles will work in the recipe however they are not gluten-free
- If you are not big on the texture of desiccated coconut then don't roll them in extra
- Can be stored in the refrigerator for 7 days or frozen for up to 3 months
- best served chilled
- If you initially refrigerate the mix for too long and they are hard to roll into balls, give the colled mix a quick blitz and it will fix the problem
- The coconut milk can be substituted for milk or water if you don't have coconut milk on hand
Nutrition InformationYield 24 Serving Size 1 ball
Amount Per Serving Calories 80 Total Fat 6.1g Sodium 3.3mg Carbohydrates 6.6g Sugar 2.2g