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Apricot Balls with Dates, Cashews, & Coconut

These apricot balls with cashews, dates, and coconut, are a delicious no bake treat! They’re super quick and easy to make with wholesome ingredients including, apricots, cashews, coconut, citrus zest, and spices. Gluten free, paleo, and vegan~they’re perfect for hiking or anytime you need a quick energy boost!

Apricot balls in a blue cup.

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Wanna’ know the inspiration behind these apricot balls with dates, cashews, and other yummy stuff???

Trader Joe’s, of course.

Last week, after our ski trip to Revelstoke, I needed groceries {for my 2 starving teenagers-ha!} so I headed to Trader Joe’s to stock up on bananas, yogurt, eggs, OJ, organic coffee {for me!}, cheese, ready-to-eat salads, and trail mix.

While I was picking out the trail mix, I saw a bag of Cashew Apricot Date & Nut Bites with Coconut & Citrus, and knew I had to try them.

Total impulse buy.

Who can relate???

Anyhoo, I tried them out on my hike to the top of Cowles Mountain, and not only were they absolutely delicious, they also gave me the perfect boost of energy my weary body desperately needed. Enter these super easy to make Apricot Balls…

Cowle's Mountain Hike San Diego
Side note: If you’re in San Diego and looking for a relatively quick hike  {~3.6 miles round trip} that will still give you a great workout, you should definitely do the Cowles Mountain hike. It’s dog friendly {just don’t take your pup when it’s really hot!}. and has some pretty spectacular 360 degree views of San Diego. Here’s a link with more info & directions: Cowles Mountain Trail, San Diego

Back to these yummy, healthy Apricot Balls…

Healthy Energy Bites with Dates

After I tried the Trader Joe’s version, I knew I had to experiment with making my own apricot balls at home, and you know what? iT doesn’t happen a lot, but I nailed it on the first try!

This recipe for Apricot Balls is SO easy. All you need are cashew nuts, dried apricots, dates, shredded coconut, citrus zest, and spices, along with a food processor, and 10 minutes to spare.

Apricot balls on white parchment paper

Not only are these Apricot Balls a nourishing snack to pack on a hike, they’re also a perfect treat in the afternoon with a cup of tea, or, a light and healthy after dinner dessert.

Bonus! These apricot balls are a good source of plant-based iron, magnesium, heart healthy monounsaturated fats, potassium, and vitamin A.

Healthy Energy Bites with Dates

Healthy Apricot Balls with Dates, Cashews, & Coconut

These healthy apricot balls with dates are a delicious no bake treat! They're super quick and easy to make with wholesome ingredients including, apricots, cashews, coconut, citrus zest, and spices. Gluten free, paleo, and vegan~they're perfect for hiking or anytime you need a quick energy boost!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 20 balls


  • 2 cups cashew nuts, raw, unsalted
  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped dates
  • Zest from 1 orange , ~ 1 teaspoon
  • Zest from 1 lemon , ~ 1 teaspoon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • Combine cashew nuts, apricots, coconut, and dates in a food processor bowl. Pulse ingredients until mixture is crumbly.
  • Add citrus zest, spices, and salt to mixture. Pulse ingredients to combine well, and process on high speed until mixture starts to stick together.
  • Line a tray with parchment paper. With clean hands, shape mixture into ~ 20 1-inch balls.
  • Store in refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 3 days. Or, store in freezer for up to 3 weeks.


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Serving: 1energy bite | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1.1mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Mediterranean, Paleo, Vegan
Keyword energy bites, no bake dessert
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Let’s Chat!

  1. Have you tried the Cashew Apricot Date and Nut Bites from Trader Joe’s?
  2. Where would you like to snack on these Apricot Balls?
  3. Any yummy new finds from Trader Joe’s???

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13 thoughts on “Apricot Balls with Dates, Cashews, & Coconut”

  1. Lori K Donovan

    I just made them today according to your recipe. I too love the Trader Joe’s version. I did buy the coconut nectar that was listed on Trader Joe’s ingredients for theirs, and I am glad I did because it added some sweetness needed, and I think it held them together nicely. I probably added 1/4 up the coconut nectar. I think next time I will reduce the amount of cashews and increase the amount of dates to achieve more what the Trader Joe’s consistency is. I may try soaking the cashews also a bit, so they are not as crunchy.

  2. I can’t wait to try your recipe. I just had the trader joe’s ones for the first time and they were magical.
    Also, I love Cowels Mountain! I’ve hiked two times in the last month. When it dries up from the rains, I’ll do it again!

    1. Hi Ginger! I hope you love them as much as I do 🙂 I’m sure Cowles Mountain is dry now with the Santa Ana weather we’ve been having. Have you done any of the other peaks in Mission Trails Regional Park? This Kwaay Paay Peak trail is another one of my favorites. I hope you’re having a wonderful week!

  3. I snag ideas from health food store finds, too. I’m always looking at the various pots of dips and their ginormous price tag, and think. “I’m going to make you”. Sometimes I do, but often times I don’t. I’m glad you did. These look fab. That citrus pulls it all together.

  4. I’m so excited about making these soon! Cashews are one of my favorite nuts and I love the flavor of dried apricots so this just sounds perfect. Also starting to collect some healthy snacks to have near by when I’ll be spending a lot of time breastfeeding in a couple more months!

  5. This looks delicious ! I haven’t tried them just bc I’m not a huge coconut fan but I’m sure if I made them with something else in its place I’d be on board!! And I love cowles mnt! That’s one of my fav hikes! Can’t wait to see you soon!

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