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Apple energy balls

Nicole Avery
Nicole Avery

These are a very easy snack to make and are perfect for the kids' lunches as they are nut and gluten free. If you have no gluten allergies in your family then you could use quick oats, but using quinoa flakes not only makes these gluten free it also gives kids a protein energy boost. Oats do also contain protein, but it is higher in quinoa and it is a complete protein containing all the essential amino acids.

Apple energy balls
Apple energy balls Photo: Nicole Avery


  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup dried apples
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut (for rolling)


1. Add the dates, apples, quinoa flakes and cinnamon to the food processor and pulse until it is combined well. The mixture will still look slightly crumbly, so test it by squeezing it together with your hands.

2. Using a large tablespoon of the mixture, roll it into a ball and then roll it in the desiccated coconut.

3. Continue until all mixture has been made up and place into the fridge for a couple of hours to set.

4. These are best stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

Nicole Avery is a Melbourne mum to five beautiful kids aged four to 15. She is the master organiser behind the popular parenting blog Planning With Kids and the author of a book by the same name, where she shares tips and tricks for organising the chaos of family life.

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