So many recipes for energy balls (mine included) involve chocolate and peanut butter. Of course you can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter, but I was ready to change things up and get fruity.
Coconut reminds me of all things tropical, and with the winter weather giving me a major case of cabin fever, I thought coconut would be a perfect base. I had a huge bag of dried apricots from Costco, so Coconut Apricot Energy Balls were born.
Energy balls are a popular snack over here. The kids just love them and I love that I can control the ingredients and make them in less than 15 minutes. My 7-year-old Meghan actually loves helping me make energy balls and asks to help anytime she sees me dumping ingredients into the food processor. <–That is an affiliate link, by the way, in case you are in the market for this amazing kitchen machine. I have no idea what I’d do without my food processor! I use it for so many things. (Affiliate link just means if you purchase through that link, I’ll get a small percentage of the sale, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting Happy Healthy Mama!)
These Coconut Apricot Energy Balls are a nutrient-dense snack. Let’s take a look at what you’re getting in from these portable snack-a-roos.
Apricots: vitamin A, vitamin C, copper, fiber, potassium, catechins (the same anti-inflammatory nutrient found in green tea)
Dates: selenium, copper, zinc, fiber, vitamin B6
Cashews: copper, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, and zinc
Coconut: vitamin C, iron, calcium, vitamin B6, magnesium
As you can see, every ingredient is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. These snack balls are a good source of zinc, which is an important nutrient for immune function. Such an important nutrient to get enough of, especially this time of year when there is so much sickness going around!
So we have a nutrient-dense snack that’s easy to make. As you can see, these are also highly portable. If you’re often having snacks on the run, these are perfect. If you love energy balls snacks, scroll to the bottom of this post and I’ll link some more of my family favorites. I hope you enjoy this one!Print
Coconut Apricot Energy Balls
This Coconut Apricot Energy Balls recipe is vegan, gluten-free, made with no added sugar, and is a perfect portable snack to have on hand!
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 15 mins
- Yield: 24 1x
- Category: snack
- 1 cup dried apricots (pitted)
- 1/2 cup dates (pitted)
- 1 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- Place all ingredients in a food processor.
- Process until the ingredients are broken down and look like a coarse crumb. If you pinch it between your fingers, it should stick together.
- Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls.
- Serving Size: 1 ball
- Calories: 69
- Sugar: 6.5g
- Sodium: 2.1mg
- Fat: 3.7g
- Saturated Fat: 1.5g
- Carbohydrates: 9g
- Fiber: 1.2g
- Protein: 1.4g
Here are some of my family’s other favorite energy ball recipes: