Energy Balls Recipe

Stacey Mebs | Bake.Eat.Repeat. Updated

Energy Balls are perfect for keeping the hunger pangs away. You and your kids will love them!

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I am constantly looking for snacks for my kids to bring to school. And for after school. And for non-school days. Basically, I constantly need snacks for my kids. Kids are hungry a lot I’ve discovered. Something to do with growing I presume? Possibly?!

At any rate, I make a lot of snack food around here to try and avoid buying the prefab snacks at the store. A lot of them ARE healthy, don’t get me wrong, but they’re certainly not cheap. And you go through them awfully quick with three growing (and hungry!) kids in the house!

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And a lot of those prefab snacks are NOT healthy and I prefer to avoid them for the most part. If I’m giving my kids something in the unhealthy vein, I prefer it to at least be homemade with real ingredients, rather than filled with chemicals, as well as sugar!

So, I make a lot of snacks around here. Some are healthy, some not so much, but I DO try to make most of our snack food as opposed to buying it. One of the things I have been trying to come up with is an energy bite type snack, that doesn’t have nuts in it.

My kids love nuts, and can eat them, but our school is nut free, as a lot of them are now, and I really wanted to come up with something that could be sent to school. Every single recipe I’ve seen for energy bites has nuts or nut butter of some sort in it though, so I started experimenting.

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These apricot energy balls are the ones that we liked the most. My kids loved these. They’re chewy and filling and sweet enough to feel like a treat, even though they’re quite healthy. There are no nuts in them, and only a small amount of honey added to help bind them together. The dates and dried apricots add enough sweetness without needing anything else. And they’re coated in coconut to make them pretty, and just cause coconut is good!

My kids loved these apricot energy bites, and are asking me to make them again soon, as they did not last long. So if you’re looking for a healthy and energy filled snack that is also nut free, give these a try! They come together very quickly and the kids love them!

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Energy Balls Recipe

    12 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Pitted Dates
  • 1/4 cup Dried Apricots
  • 1/4 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Flax Meal
  • 1 tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 tablespoon Water
  • 1-2 tablespoons Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

Directions

  1. Place the dates and apricots into the bowl of a food processor and process until they are finely chopped.
  2. Add the rolled oats, pumpkin seeds, flax meal, cocoa powder, honey and water and process until well combined and the mixture forms a ball.
  3. Place in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to firm up slightly.
  4. Form the mixture into tablespoon sized balls, roll in the coconut to coat, and place on wax paper in an airtight container.
  5. Refrigerate until firm, about 3-4 hours, or overnight. They will keep for 1-2 weeks in the fridge.

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Recipe Yields: 12 bites
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 225 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 bite
Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 15
Calories 45

% Daily Value*
3%
Total Fat 2g
1%
  Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Sodium 4mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate 6g
1%
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 5g
2%
Protein 1g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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Stacey loves to Bake. Eat. Repeat. so much that it inspired the name of her blog. With three young kids at home, she's become an expert at packing lunches. Say hello to our Lunchbox fanatic!