Whip up these delicious Nut-Free Weetbix Balls, a perfect blend of raisins, chia seeds, coconut, cocoa, and, of course, Weetbix! A great option for lunchboxes and snack time, they're a huge hit with kids and adults alike.
Weetbix (or Weetabix depending on where you are from) has long been a favourite breakfast cereal for families, known for its low sugar and salt content making it a nutritious and easy breakfast option.
While the most common way to enjoy Weetbix is in a bowl with milk, and perhaps some fresh fruit, its versatility goes beyond that. If you haven't tried other weetbix recipes then this Overnight Weetabix, it's a must-try, and of course, these weetbix bliss balls are another delicious and simple way, to use wheat biscuits.
Reasons to Love this Recipe
- Convenient: Quick to whip up and no baking required.
- Freezer-friendly: This makes them a great make-ahead snack for busy schedules.
- Lunchbox Friendly: Nut free making them the perfect addition to school lunch boxes.
- Iron-Rich: These balls are a great way to boost iron levels. Weetbix biscuits are fortified, while chia seeds, raisins, and cocoa are naturally rich sources of iron. Serve the balls with some berries, oranges or other sources of vitamin C, to help boost absorption.
- No wastage: If you find yourself with a surplus of broken biscuits or crumbs at the bottom of your Weetbix box, this recipe provides a fantastic way to use them, minimising wastage.
The full list of ingredients and amounts can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. This section gives information on each ingredient and suggests alternatives if required.
- Weet-bix/ Weetabix or other wheat biscuits (shredded wheat should also work if you can't find wheat biscuits)
- Sultanas (or raisins): For adding sweetness and flavour, you can substitute with Medjool dates or other dried fruit.
- Chia Seeds: For added nutrition and texture
- Desiccated coconut: Used in the ball and for coating.
- Cocoa Powder: For a chocolate flavour.
- Boiling water: For soaking sultanas and chia seeds.
Step by Step Instructions (with Images)
This section features step-by-step photos for visual reference. The complete recipe can be found by scrolling to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Pre-soak: Add the sultanas and chia seeds to a bowl with boiling water. Allow to soak for 5-10 minutes. Drain, reserving the water.
- Add Ingredients: Place the sultanas and chia seeds, along with the rest of the ingredients into a food processor.
- Blend until thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed.
TIP: If the mixture is too dry to roll into balls, slowly add the reserved water 1 teaspoon at a time until the mixture comes together and you can form balls. If the mixture is too wet, add a little more coconut or weetbix.
- Roll Balls Roll mixture into balls. You can make them any size, I usually make tablespoon sized balls.
Roll in extra coconut (optional)
These tasty treats store well both in the refrigerator and freezer. Try making a double batch and storing for a convenient snack.
- Refrigerate: Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- Freeze: Sore in a freezer-safe bag for up to 2 months.
I wouldn't recommend these for babies due to the high dried fruit content. Instead, I would reduce or replace the sultanas/raisins with unsweetened apple puree/sauce and skip the cocoa.
Although these balls contain nutritious ingredients providing iron, healthy fats, and fibre, I still consider them an "occasional food" best enjoyed as part of a balanced diet.
While a food processor yields the best results, a high-speed blender can also be used, though the texture may vary and removal from the blender jar might be challenging.
Yes, protein powder can be added in replace of the cocoa powder.
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- 1 Food Processor (or high speed blender)
- 1 cup (160g) Sultanas (or raisins)
- 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds *If using an Australian tablespoon reduce this to 3 teaspoons.
- ½ cup Boiling Water
- 5 Wheat biscuits (weebix, weetabix etc) (75g if using broken biscuits / crumbs)
- ¾ cup (60g) Desiccated Coconut
- 4 tbsp Cocoa Powder *If using an Australian tablespoon reduce this to 3 tbsps.
- Add the sultanas and chia seeds to a bowl with boiling water. Allow to soak for 5-10 minutes. Drain, reserving the water.
- Place the sultanas and chia seeds, along with the rest of the ingredients into a food processor. Blend on high until thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed.
- If the mixture is too dry to roll into balls, slowly add the reserved water 1 teaspoon at a time until the mixture comes together and you can form balls. If the mixture is too wet, add a little more coconut or weetbix.
- Roll mixture into balls. You can make them any size, I usually make tablespoon-sized balls.