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Paired with the delightful flavours of coconut and orange, these chewy, no-bake apricot balls make for such a tasty, yet nutritious sweet treat or snack! They’re vegan, gluten-free, and come together super quick in a food processor.

Apricot bliss balls on parchment paper.

It’s no secret that I LOVE keeping a batch of energy balls in the fridge for a healthy snack or treat. My husband loves when I make them too – they never last very long in our house! He’s got quite the sweet tooth, so it’s nice to have these on hand for a healthier sweet option 🙂

While a lot of energy ball recipes are made using dates as the “sticky” base that holds them together, I thought – why not try another type of dried fruit? Enter: these apricot energy balls, using (everyone’s favourite) dried apricots!

Want more dietitian-designed, no-bake energy ball recipes? You may love my popular peanut butter cookie dough balls, these chocolate coconut date balls, or these lemon ginger coconut balls as well!

Recipe ingredients in small bowls.

A note on key ingredients

  1. Dried apricots: I personally used dried Turkish apricots, but you are welcome to use any type you can find. My only advice is to choose ones without any added sugars. Dried apricots are naturally sweet, and you will get some additional sweetness from maple syrup in this recipe.
  2. Almond flour: I used a super-fine almond flour. Almond flour is made from ground almonds, and is both gluten-free and lower in refined carbohydrates. It provides a lovely, chewy and soft texture to these apricot balls.
  3. Shredded (desiccated) coconut: Made from dried and grated coconut meat, desiccated coconut has a finer texture and smaller size than those large coconut flakes. I like to use an unsweetened version. You may find that some products are also labeled as “shredded coconut” – just look for the small coconut bits, similar to the ingredients image found above!
  4. Orange: You will need both the zest and juice from an orange for this recipe. I advise using a regular navel (or cara cara) orange and removing the zest before you juice it – this is much easier to do when the orange is still whole 🙂
  5. Ground ginger: I enjoy using ground ginger over fresh ginger for these energy balls – it’s easier to measure and has a more subtle (i.e. less overpowering) flavour.

Full ingredient measurements and detailed instructions are located in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!

Visual guide: how to make apricot balls

Dried apricots in food processor.

STEP 1: Start by adding your dried apricots to a large food processor.

Dried apricots blended in food processor.

STEP 2: Pulse the dried apricots together until they break down (as shown above). The dried apricots will start to form a bit of a paste and stick together.

All bliss ball ingredients in food processor.

STEP 3: At this point, you can add the remaining ingredients to the food processor.

All ingredients blended into a paste in food processor.

STEP 4: Keep blending everything together, scraping down the sides as needed. You may find that the mix becomes one large ball – just break it down between pulses until the ingredients are well-combined 🙂

Apricot balls rolled in hands.

STEP 5: Using a spoon, scoop a small amount of the mixture into your hands. Roll the mix into an energy ball.

Rolling bliss balls into coconut flakes.

STEP 6: Finally, roll the ball in extra coconut flakes for coating. Repeat until all the mixture is used up, placing balls on a lined parchment sheet to harden in the freezer (for about 1 hour).

My go-to food processor

Nutrition benefits of this recipe

  1. Dried apricots are a great source of dietary fiber, along with micronutrients such as iron, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
  2. Oranges are rich in micronutrients, like vitamin C, folate, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
  3. Almond flour is made from ground almonds and is therefore a source of heart-healthy unsaturated fats, plant-based protein, dietary fiber, and micronutrients like vitamin E, magnesium, copper, and phosphorus. Compared to regular flour, almond flour is lower in refined carbohydrates.
  4. Coconut is also a source of fiber, satiating fats, and minerals like magnesium, selenium, potassium, iron, and zinc.
Apricot bliss balls on a plate.

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Paired with the delightful flavours of coconut and orange, these chewy, no-bake apricot balls make for such a tasty, yet nutritious sweet treat or snack! They're vegan, gluten-free, and come together super quick in a food processor.
Apricot bliss balls on parchment paper.
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • ZEST + JUICE ORANGE: Wash and dry one regular-sized navel orange. Using a zester or grater, zest the skin of the entire orange. This should measure to about 1 Tbsp.
    Then, slice the orange in half and squeeze the juice into a bowl. Measure out 2 Tbsp of juice and set aside.
  • BLEND APRICOTS: Place dried apricots in a food processor. Pulse until they break down into small pieces. They should be able to form a paste-like texture and stick together.
  • COMBINE INGREDIENTS: Then, add the remaining ingredients to the food processor, including the orange juice and zest. Pulse everything together again, scraping down the sides of the food processor as needed.
    TIP: You may find that the mix becomes one large ball – just break it down between pulses until the ingredients are well-combined.
  • ROLL BALLS: Once well-combined, scoop a small amount of the mixture into your hands using a spoon. Roll the mix into an energy ball before placing on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat until all the mixture is used up. This recipe should make 12-14 balls, depending on the size.
  • If a "coconut coating" is desired, place a few scoops of coconut flakes into a small bowl or plate. You can then roll the ball into the coconut before placing on the baking sheet.
  • FREEZE: Transfer the baking sheet of apricot balls to the freezer. Allow to firm up for about an hour. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or enjoy right away!

Notes

*STORAGE:
  • If you plan on eating these apricot balls within the week, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • If you’d like to keep them for longer, feel free to store them in the freezer! Just take them out a few minutes before eating, so that they have time to soften.
Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 398IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition

As a dietitian, I create recipes with whole food ingredients that provide the nutrients needed for optimal health. My nutrition philosophy does not focus on numbers; however, I understand that this information can be helpful.

Do note that the nutrition info provided is an estimate and I cannot guarantee correctness of the displayed values. These numbers will differ depending on brands used, recipe modifications, and amount eaten. If you require specific nutrition information due to medical reasons, please consult with your dietitian or physician.

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