Fruit and Nut Energy Bites

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Fruit and Nut Energy Bites - easy and delicious, these no-bake treats are naturally sweetened.

Typically, I share most of my recipes these days in a cookbook (grab one here) or over on Good Cheap Eats. But, this week as part of the DIY on a Dime: Valentine’s series, I wanted to make sure all the moms saw the delicious Valentine treats I’ve been concocting.

Energy bars are a big hit around these parts. In Christmases past, the kids have been thrilled to receive one in their stockings. But, I don’t love the price or the ingredients list on those suckers, so I am busting out with some homemade alternatives.

We had some debate over the name. FishBoy13 said they were “energy balls”, the others vehemently shot that down in favor of Energy Bites.

My children and husband devoured the first batch of these energy bites in just a matter of hours, even though there were other sweet treats available. These aren’t “health food” in the sense that they are packed with dried fruit, which we should still eat “in moderation”. But, there is no processed sugar, so that makes for a healthier sweet treat.

Fruit and Nut Energy Bites - easy and delicious, these no-bake treats are naturally sweetened.

These are also super easy to make. I threw a bunch of stuff into the food processor and pulsed until the mixture would stick together. Since there is no baking involved, this is a great recipe to do with the kids, too.

I used unsulphured dried apricots. They are darker in color and sweeter than other dried apricots, but that’s all they are: apricots. There are no additives or things mixed in. Bought them at Costco. The jury’s still out on them for regular snacking, but they go great in this recipe.

Make up a batch of these to package in a cute way and substitute them for the junky Valentine candy.


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Fruit and Nut Energy Bites
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
This recipe will replace commercially-made energy bars. Make your own with dried fruit and nuts.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: energy bites, Fruit and enut energy bites
Servings: 20
Calories: 84 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1 cup dried apricots I used unsulphured apricots which were very sweet
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons sunbutter you could use peanut or almond butter also
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup quick oats
  1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, place the apricots, coconut flakes, cranberries, almonds, sunbutter, and salt. Pulse until well ground and mixed.
  2. Stir in the quick oats.
  3. Pack rounded tablespoons of the mixture into balls and place on a sheet of parchment.
  4. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are approximate and are based on making 20 energy bites. Store in an airtight container promptly and use within 4 days.

Nutrition Facts
Fruit and Nut Energy Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 84 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 127mg4%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 234IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

DIY on a Dime

This is part of the DIY on a Dime: Valentine’s Day. For more easy and frugal gift ideas, check out the list.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Diana says

    This sounds delicious! I wonder if our costco has unsulphured apricots? I LOOOOOVE dried apricots but my hubby wheezes from the sulfates used to retain color so I never buy them cause I figure they’re probably not good for me either.

    I love almost every dried fruit/nut/oat/coconut combination I’ve dried, and these look like no exception! Thanks đŸ™‚

    • It’s a new product that I found for the first time. They are organic, unsulphured and really sweet. My family doesn’t love them as much, but I figure that like with all “better” ingredients, it may take some time getting used to them.

  2. Becky says

    Any subs for the sunbutter? I don’t usually buy it because no one will eat it (nut allergies here so my kids avoid anything resembling a nut). Just curious. Maybe I can think of another binder. Thanks!

    • Recently I made this with a few dates added in and no sunbutter. The dates are gooey enough to hold things together.

      • Beth says

        Wow, what a great recipe, I would mash a banana if I knew it would be instant snack or use coconut oil instead of sunbutter.

  3. Cameron says

    Yum! These are a winner! Used pb and added a bit extra, and also ended up blitzing the oats along with everything else, which improved the texture for my little ones. Even my son (3), who doesn’t like fruit (I KNOW!) ate some! Win! Thanks for the great recipe.

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