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Coconut Apricot Energy Balls are a deliciously chewy way to satisfy your sweet tooth. And they’ll give you the energy to fuel you through a busy, active day or the afternoon slump. These easy, healthy no-bake snacks have just 6 ingredients and take only a few minutes to make. Energy bites, protein balls, whatever you call them, these portable, poppable little snacks are the perfect thing to keep on hand, especially since they are an allergy-friendly snack that’s gluten free, nut free, and dairy free.
It’s funny how your tastes change throughout your life. As a kid, I wanted no part of anything coconut. My mom used to make Magic Bars, and I made her make mine special without coconut.
Then in college, I discovered my drink of choice was a Malibu Bay Breeze. I loved that hint of coconut flavor from the coconut rum. And coconut shrimp and Almond Joy candy bars got me over the texture. How can you resist fried appetizers or the combination of coconut with nuts and chocolate?!
And while granola isn’t so bad, I thought it might be a good idea to sometimes get my fix of delicious coconutty flavor from something other than sugary cocktails, fried appetizers, candy bars, cookies, and cupcakes.
Energy balls sound like a good idea. Especially since they can be assembled in practically no time without even needing to turn on an oven or a stove. You only need six ingredients, a food processor or blender, and your hands!
Apricot Coconut Energy Balls
While these no-bake energy balls are made with a base of dates and dried apricots, those just provide the chewy bite and fruity sweetness that allows the topical coconut flavor to really pop. You can just form the balls and pop them in your mouth right away. But I love the little bit of texture and the adorable look of the balls when they are rolled in some extra shredded coconut.
If you don’t want the extra step, or if you like the flavor of coconut but not the texture, you can skip that. They’ll still be super yummy! But it is kinda fun to make these Apricot Coconut Energy Balls look like donut holes even though you know that they are actually nutritious snacks.
Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
But don’t skip my PRO TIPS below!
- Dried pitted dates
- Dried apricots
- Unsweetened shredded coconut
- Pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)
- Chia seeds
- Dried ground ginger
I typically use my food processor. However, a high-powered blender such as a Blendtec with the Twister Jar is a great option because that jar has a lid with built-in blades for scraping down the sides. If you haven’t gotten your hands on a Blendtec yet, you can check them all out and use my Blendtec Ambassador code CUPCAKESANDKALECHIPS for 25% off, plus I earn a small commission on any purchases.
- Add all of the ingredients to your food processor or blender and process into a thick paste. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides as needed.
- Using about a tablespoon at a time, roll the mixture into balls. You can roll the balls in additional shredded coconut if desired.
Brianne’s pro recipe tips
You can use the bags of sweetened coconut you find in the baking section of the grocery store, but this adds quite a bit of extra sugar.
Gluten free energy balls
Gluten Free Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This information is solely based on my research and personal experience, and I provide it as a courtesy to my readers. Please consult your doctor or medical professional for any questions as it relates to your needs, particularly if you have celiac disease or a severe gluten allergy or intolerance. Products, manufacturing facilities, and ingredients change frequently, so you should always contact the manufacturer for the latest information.
While all of the ingredients in this recipe are naturally gluten free, if you are highly sensitive please do read the labels. Occasionally some seeds or dried fruits are processed on shared equipment or in the same facility where cross-contamination can be a risk.
Make ahead and storage
- Since these are made entirely with dried fruit, they can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for several days to a week.
- You can make a bunch and keep them in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks.
- Or store them in the freezer even longer. Make a double batch! They will keep for several months in an airtight container or plastic freezer storage bags. Take them out the night before you plan to pack them in a lunchbox or eat them
Once you know the basic technique, you can make them with an endless variety of flavor combinations. Some of our favorites are:
- Cinnamon Apple Energy Balls
- Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
- Cranberry Energy Balls
- Banana Chocolate Chunk Energy Balls
- Skinny Strawberry Shortcake Bites from House of Yumm
- Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Energy Bites from Joyful Healthy Eats
- Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites from The Lemon Bowl
- Plus all of my energy ball recipes!!
More no-bake snacks you’ll love
- DIY Banana Snacks for Kids – totally customizable with whatever you like or have on hand.
- No-Bake Coconut Cookies – you won’t believe this sweet treat is made with healthy ingredients.
- Apricot Chia No-Bake Energy Bars – these easy snack bars are totally allergy safe.
- Strawberry Banana Coconut Smoothie – a fresh and fruity, dairy free treat.
Apricot Energy Balls Recipe
Quick and easy to make, packed with nutritious ingredients, and convenient to grab on the way out the door or pack in lunchboxes, it doesn’t get much better than easy energy bites when it comes to healthy snacks. And apricot chia energy balls with the added flavor burst of coconut make these extra delicious, plus more fun when you roll them in coconut too! Perfect for allergy-safe schools and camps, these have no nuts, peanuts, gluten, dairy, or eggs!
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Apricot Coconut Energy Balls
- Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until it forms a thick paste, scraping down the sides as necessary.
- Using about a tablespoon of the mixture, roll into balls. If desired, roll balls in additional coconut.