Looking for spider-themed treats for a Halloween party or celebration? Try my nut-free spider energy balls. They're the perfect spooky spider snack for kids to enjoy this Halloween or for any spooky-themed party.
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Halloween is a lot of fun but it can involve an awful lot of sugar. What with parties and trick or treating, sometimes kids can end up with hundreds of sweets.
I don't mind my kids having sweets now and again but I really don't want them to end up with enough for one a day for three months. And I also don't want to throw them in the bin either - that's too much food waste for my liking.
Where possible I prefer to make fun, healthy Halloween treats instead. A few years ago I made these energy ball monsters for us all to enjoy. This year it's all about the energy ball spider.
What ingredients do you need to make this recipe?
Get the full ingredients list and recipe at the end of this post.
- 200g chopped dates or prunes
- 20g desiccated coconut
- 20g pumpkin or sunflower seeds
- 50g oats
- pretzels, for the legs
- edible eyes, raisins, chocolate chips or sunflower seeds, for the eyes
Are these energy balls good for lunch boxes?
Yes - they are perfect for lunch boxes.
Even if your school has a no-nuts policy you can add these energy balls as they are made with seeds instead of nuts.
How to make spider energy balls
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Spider energy balls
- 200 g dates* or prunes chopped
- 20 g desiccated coconut
- 20 g pumpkin or sunflower seeds
- 50 g oats
- pretzels for the legs
- edible eyes, chocolate chips raisins or sunflower seeds for the eyes
- Place all the ingredients apart from the extra coconut in a food processor.
- Pulse until well combined.
- Lightly oil your hands (to stop the mixture sticking) then roll the mixture into balls.
- Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and then keep refrigerated.
- To make into spooky spiders break off bits of pretzel and add to the energy ball for legs.
- Add eyes - you can use sunflower seeds, raisins, chocolate chips or edible eyes for this
- If your dates are looking dry soak them in boiling water for 20 minutes before starting this recipe.
- Nutritional information is approximate and is intended as a guide only.
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