Made with dried apricots, sunflower seeds and tahini paste, these Apricot and Seed Energy Balls will give you the power boost you need to stay active throughout your day. A perfect sweet and salty nut-free snack!
Another ball post. Are you surprised?
Sometimes I struggle with diversifying content, but when I make something that’s really good I’m not about to keep it from you. And now that my food processor is back in action it’s fair to assume that at least 50% of my posts will involve some sort of no-bake energy ball or bar #sorryimnotsorry.
My usual go-to with energy balls involves some kind of nuts, dates and more often then not, chocolate. I usually switch between my no-bake blueberry muffin energy balls and almond joy energy balls, but today’s recipe forced me out of my comfort zone.
My friend Nick (hi Nick!) is allergic to nuts, so basically my kitchen is his worst nightmare. It’s no secret I’m a hugeeeee fan of nuts, but I’m also a big fan of Nick and this time he won out.
While you’re reading this we are currently up at our friend Ben’s cottage and per usual I’m on snack duty. Okay fine, it’s a self-imposed title but I’m incapable of showing up empty-handed nonetheless.
But we’ve already talked about how my go-to getaway contribution is always balls.
This time though I had to go nut-free. I’ll admit I was semi-panicked about it and may or may not have had a full-length brainstorming session with Nick’s girlfriend over what I should make. I was gonna do pumpkin seed but decided that might be a little out of season. Instead I used sunflower seeds because sunflower = sunshine = summer. That made no sense. Whatever.
At the last minute I decided tahini (sesame seed paste) was a necessity for no reason other than the fact that Nick and I both agree that no one should ever travel without their personal stash of tahini. I’m gonna let you decide if that was or wasn’t a serious conversation…
Anyway, these balls are nut-free but oh so good. Don’t believe me? Just ask Nick.Print
Apricot and Seed Energy Balls
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 20-22 balls 1x
- 1/2 cup pitted dates**
- 1 1/2 cups dried apricots, unsulfured and unsweetened
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Place dates in the food processor or high-speed blender and process until they have broken up and come together into a ball.
- Break up date ball with hands and add in apricots, coconut, sunflower seeds, cinnamon and tahini.
- Process for several minutes, scrapping down the sides as needed.
- Process until mixture comes back together into a ball.
- Remove mixture from the food processor and roll into golf-ball sized balls.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer for several weeks.
*If dates are not sticky soak them in hot water for 30 minutes and then strain before using.
I’d love to expand my nut-free horizons! Feel free to link below with some of your favorite nut-free recipes!
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Asmira Woodward-PageJune 5, 2017 at 8:33 am
Love the recipe, but you forgot to mention when the vanilla essence is added. I’m assuming with the other ingredients after the dates? Thanks.
Megan @ Straight From The JarMay 31, 2015 at 11:31 pm
YES! Can’t wait to try these. I never make balls and need to get on the wagon. Best part is I can TOTALLY store them in jars. Weeeee.
Nora (A Clean Bake)May 31, 2015 at 9:13 pm
Um, YUM!! I love anything with tahini and anything with apricots, so, yeah, definitely sign me up for a batch of these babies!
Luv What You DoMay 31, 2015 at 1:48 pm
Great idea to use tahini!!! I have made a bunch of raw recipes but never with apricots. YUM!
Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooksMay 31, 2015 at 1:04 pm
Love the idea of using tahini! It works great in savory and sweeter dishes.
CassieMay 31, 2015 at 9:41 am
mmm ! I love apricots!
Alison @ Daily Moves and GroovesMay 31, 2015 at 9:27 am
I forgot about how good dried apricots are! I gotta get some more soon 🙂 Such a good idea to use tahini too!