The Simple Lunchbox: Nut Free Jaffa Energy Balls

The kids are back to school, and lunchboxes are back as part of the morning routine. At The Simple Lunchbox, we’re all about easy. These energy balls are super quick to prepare, and can be frozen, so are the perfect grab-and-go lunchbox treat.

Being nut free, these tasty treats are a simple choice for kids with allergies and nut-free schools. Whole grain oats offer a source of protein, fibre and essential vitamins and minerals to support the stress response, energy production and growth, such as vitamin B1, magnesium and iron.

Serves: 24 Prep: 10 mins



Grater or Citrus Juicer


2 ¼ cups gluten free quick oats (or grind your own rolled oats)

2/3 cup desiccated coconut, plus extra for coating

1-2 tablespoons cacao

2/3 cup coconut milk

2 tbsp maple syrup

Finely grated zest of 1 orange

Orange juice

Pinch salt


  1. If you are grinding your own oats for this recipe, place in a high-speed blender or food processor and pulse until the oats resemble breadcrumbs.

  2. Place all the ingredients, including the oats in a bowl and stir until well combined. If the mixture is too wet, add some more oats. If the mixture is too dry, add some orange juice.

  3. Roll teaspoonfuls of the mixture into balls and roll in coconut. The balls should hold together without losing their shape. If they do, add a little more oats and roll again.

  4. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes, then enjoy.


  • Try swapping the orange zest for another citrus fruit such as lime, orange or mandarin.

  • Omit the cacao for a more fruity flavour.

  • The desiccated coconut contains moderate levels of polyols, which may be an issue for people following a low FODMAP diet. With small serves (1-2 balls), this shouldn’t be a concern, but if the person is particularly sensitive, this recipe may not be suitable.

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