Sweet Apricot, Date & Cacao Energy Balls

Posted on May 21, 2015 by The Gift Loft

There are so many energy ball recipes available but which ones are really delicious, quick and easy, and only use a few ingredients? The ones you buy are quite expensive (I bought one, last week, for $4!!). In comparison to buying them. they are so cheap to make and last up to a week. They are healthy and nutritious & provide a much needed energy burst, without snacking on sugary biscuits or lollies. We love these with a cup of tea, at 11 am - they help to stabilise blood sugar levels. Also a good option for school lunches, a work snack, in the car, or just before an exam!

Sweet Apricot, Date & Cacao Energy Balls

2 cups chopped almonds, cashews & walnuts (use a mixture, or any nut that you prefer)

1 cup chopped dates (we mix the dates with prunes)

1 cup chopped apricots (organic is best but supermarket varieties are fine). 

2 Tblsps cocao nibs (you can use chocolate chips or smashed chocolate block, if you prefer)

zest of 1 lemon (use orange zest, if you prefer)

pinch of sea salt

2 Tblsp water (enough so that the mixture sticks together but without being sticky)

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Chop the nuts, finely, in a food processor.
  2. Add the chopped fruit and mix together.
  3. Add the cocao nibs, zest, sea salt and mix together.
  4. Add the water, mix until it sticks together, without being too sticky. You may not need the water, just check, first.
  5. Roll tablespoon size amounts of the mixture in 1/2 cup of desiccated coconut & 1 tsp of cinnamon.
  6. Store them in the fridge for up to one week.


 Adapted from NZ House & Garden, Small Spaces, Collector's Edition.

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