These apricot almond energy balls are made with four main ingredients and you can prepare them within minutes! Ideal as a healthy snack, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, kid-friendly, and a great way to boost your energy before a workout!
I always sneak in some homemade energy balls or granola bars in my bag to snack on at work as they make a great healthy snack. There are hundreds, if not thousands of energy balls recipes but if you are a fan of dried apricots like me, these almond and dried apricots energy balls are super easy to make and they taste delicious!
What I love about these apricot energy balls is they are super easy to make and they make a great snack option or something to munch on before lunch or dinner time. As someone who struggles to get my calories in during a busy day, I find these super helpful to keep me going throughout the day.
You can be creative with this recipe and substitute almonds with your favorite nuts. Another option instead of almonds is walnuts! walnuts go well with the tangy taste of apricots. You can also toast the nuts before using them for a stronger and rich flavor.
What you need to make apricot almond energy balls
- Dried apricots
- Raw almonds
- Unsweetened desiccated coconut
- Orange blossom water (optional)
How to make apricot almonds energy balls
Soak dried apricots in hot water for at least 10 minutes.
After the apricots have softened, drain from any excess water, and transfer to a high speed food processor.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor: almonds, desiccated coconut, honey, and orange blossom water.
Process until firm and well combined with no big chunks left.
Take a generous amount of the mixture and form medium-sized balls.
Roll in shredded coconut and cover them completely. You can also roll them in ground almonds, melted chocolate, cinnamon, or cocoa powder!
Are these energy balls healthy?
There are dozens of recipes that use different ingredients and some of them may not be very healthy. In this recipe, I used all-natural, nutrient-dense ingredients such as dried apricots, almonds, and coconut so these are definitely a healthier option for snacking.
Are these almond apricot energy balls low in calories?
While these might be healthy, they may not fall into the low-calorie category. Each serving is 122 calories so if you are on a calorie deficit, you may want to be mindful of how many servings you can consume.
Storing and freezing tips
It’s best to store in the fridge in an airtight container. These will stay good for up to ten days! You can freeze them in the freezer if you wish to keep them longer. These will last you three months in the freezer.
What alternatives I can use instead of almonds/nuts?
If you would like a nut-free option, you can substitute nuts with oats and seeds such as Chia seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, or pumpkin seeds.
Instead of almonds, I recommend using walnuts or cashews.
Other covering/topping options
Using coconut for covering these apricot balls is optional. You can be creative and use melted chocolate, ground almonds, cinnamon, or even cocoa powder!
Similar recipes you may want to try:
- Peanuts and Apricot Puree Energy Bars
- Almonds and Coconut Breakfast Bars
- Sesame and Coconut Mini Desserts
Apricot Almond Energy Balls
- 200 grams (15 pieces, equally medium-sized) dried apricots
- 150 grams (1 US cup and a half) desiccated coconut unsweetened
- 200 grams (1 US cup and a half) almonds raw
- 4 tbsp raw honey
- 1 tbsp orange blossom water optional
- Wash and soak dried apricots in hot water for at least 10 minutes.
- After the apricots have softened, drain from excess water and transfer to a high-speed food processor.
- Add desiccated coconut, almonds, honey, and orange blossom water. Process well until firm and well combined with no big chunks left.
- Take a generous amount of the mixture and form it into medium-sized balls.
- Roll the balls in shredded coconut and set aside.
- Serve immediately or store in the fridge for later.