When you and your kid(s) are soy-free, gluten-free, and vegan the foods that used to be your go-to snacks are no longer an option. No more packing cosmic brownies, crackers, yogurt packs, or tiny cheddar flavored fish shaped snacks for your adventures/playdates/school lunches. And while we are mourning the loss of our favorite snacks, we also have the responsibility to figure out what new snacks will replace the old ones.

I know that it can feel overwhelming to figure out what *new* snacks you CAN pack. My daughter has been vegan since birth (so you’d think we have it down by now), but we STILL sometimes get stumped when it comes to packing fun, and entertaining snacks. I GET IT GUYS! It’s a challenge!

This blog post is about a coconut cashew balls recipe, but before I get to that I want to offer a few other snack ideas:

Frozen Grapes – Grapes are healthy for us, and most kids love them! BUT they get moldy and soggy super fast in the fridge, don’t they? This is where freezing them helps! Added bonus: They taste much better frozen, and will keep until you get to your play date/adventure/school.

Cherry Tomatoes

Apples & Almond Butter

Celery & Almond Butter

Chia Seed Pudding – Check out my recipe from my Instagram below…

Having snacks for daily adventures is SO important! 🌊 BUT what the heck do you pack when it has to be vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and easily transportable?🤔 (and plain fruits are just too boring sometimes…😒🍌sorry 🤷‍♀️).✨ Lately I've been experimenting with bringing chia pudding with us and it's pretty flawless. 👌 It's yummy, fun, keeps the belly full, and *bonus* it's easy to transport! 🙏 💛The recipe is 👉 1/4 cup chia seeds, 2 1/2 cups coconut milk, a large squirt of maple syrup 🍁 [soaked overnight in a closed ball jar…]and then topped with thawed frozen wild blue berries! 💜👅What do you bring for snacks? I need some ideas! 👇#selflovefood #vegan #veganfamily #vegankids #luckywelivemaui

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Trail mix

Lara Bars – I like these bars the best because they only have four simple ingredients

Guacamole and veggies to dip

Humus and veggies to dip


Now that I’ve listed a few simple snack ideas, let’s talk about the reason you are here: COCONUT CASHEW BALLS! Ah, I love coconut balls because they taste delicious, keep you full, and it’s a nice sweet treat that you have ZERO reasons to feel guilty for eating!

Kaia has declared these as one of her favorite foods.

I actually think her favorite part isn’t eating them but rolling the balls in shredded coconut.

Here’s the recipe…


In a food processor, add the following:

1/2 cup unsalted cashews

1/4 cup shredded coconut

6 pitted dates (if they are dry: rehydrate by soaking them in water for 5 minutes)

pinch of salt

1 tsp cacao powered (optional)

Process the ingredients until mixed well, but still chunky.

Cover a plate with 1/2 cup of shredded coconut. Roll out the balls, and then roll the balls over the coconut.


You can eat them fresh. Although, I personally like them refrigerated for at least an hour! They will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days (BUT, they probably won’t last that long with hungry little hands around!)


If you love this recipe, you will love my other 20+ wholesome vegan recipes in my eBook “Self. Love. Food.” from Mac N Cheese to Tuno Sandwiches to Cupcakes…it has you covered! The book is also full with over 30 pages of heart felt advice on vegan tips, food addiction, and how we can find a better relationship with ourselves, with love, and with food. BUY HERE!

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