These easy and delicious, no-bake energy bites are naturally sweetened. Apricot, cranberry, and almonds make a quick energy ball snack.
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.
Ingredients for these energy balls:
- dried apricots- I used unsulphured dried apricots. They are darker in color and sweeter than other dried apricots, but that’s all they are: apricots.
- coconut flakes
- dried cranberries
- sunbutter (but peanut butter or almond butter would also work)
- quick oats – but old fashioned oats would also work, just process them in a food processor to break them down.
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.
How do I make these fruit and nut energy bites?
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.
Make up a batch of these to package in a cute way and substitute them for the junky Valentine candy.
Here is how to make them:
- Pulse in food processor. 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.
- Add oats. Stir in the quick oats.
- Form into balls. Pack rounded tablespoons of the mixture into balls and place on a sheet of parchment.
Energy Bite Variations:
- Omit the coconut. Not a coconut fan? That’s ok, you can leave it out and use a few extra oats instead.
- Make it healthier. Add in some flax or chia seeds for some extra nutrition and protein.
- Not a fan of sunbutter? Try using an alternate nut butter such as peanut or almond.
- Add some spice. Try adding in a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice.
How do I store these energy bites?
How I make this good and cheap:
Here are some of the strategies I use to make this recipe even more affordable:
- Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale! When I see a great price on ingredients, I buy a lot of them, such as almonds, coconut, and sunbutter. This is just one way I save on groceries without clipping a single coupon.
- Shop at your cheapest stores. This is how I lowered my grocery bill by a $100 a month. This may vary based on where you live and how close you are to great stores. For me, Costco and ALDI are the best game in town, even though I have to drive a town over to get to them
Tools I use to make breadcrumbs easily:
- Food processor – An ideal tool for making breadcrumbs at home!
Fruit and Nut Energy Bites
- 1 cup dried apricots I used unsulphured apricots which were very sweet
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 2 tbsp nut butter or sunflower seed butter
- pinch salt
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 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.
- Stir in the quick oats.
- Pack rounded tablespoons of the mixture into balls and place on a sheet of parchment.
- Store in an airtight container.
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.