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, dates, and spices. Gluten-free, paleo, and vegan~they’re perfect for hiking or anytime you need a quick energy boost!

Apricot balls with dates and coconut in a blue polkadot cup.

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  • SO EASY TO MAKE! – Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, you can be eating these Apricot Energy Balls in ten minutes. Wow!
  • HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS! – These apricot balls are one of my favorite go-to healthy treats that taste amazing, especially with the spices and citrus zest!
  • PORTABLE INSTANT ENERGY – If you love to hike, like I do, or play sports where you need some mid-game fuel, pack a Stasher bag of these apricot balls for a quick energy boost!

The inspiration behind these apricot balls with dates, cashews, and coconut

Last week, after our ski trip to Revelstoke, I needed groceries for my 2 starving teenagers (LOL!), so I headed to Trader Joe’s to stock up on pantry staples. 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. It was a total impulse buy. Who can relate???

I tried them on a hike to the top of Cowles Mountain, and not only were they absolutely delicious, but they also gave me the perfect boost of energy my weary body desperately needed.

Four photo collage with pictures of EA Stewart and her dog Kai hiking Cowle's Mountain in San Diego.

After I tried the Trader Joe’s version, I knew I had to experiment with making my own apricot balls with dates, coconuts, and cashews at home, and you know what? I nailed the recipe on my first try!

Ingredients to Make Apricot Balls with Dates, Coconut, & Cashews

This recipe is SO easy to make! Check out the easy ingredient list below. And, be sure not to omit the citrus zest-it adds so much flavor!

Healthy Energy Bites with Dates
  • Cashew Nuts
  • Dried Apricots
  • Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • Dates
  • Orange Zest
  • Lemon Zest
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Salt

How to Make Apricot Energy Balls with Cashews, Dates, & Coconut

  1. Combine cashew nuts, apricots, coconut, and dates in a food processor bowl and pulse the mixture until crumbly.
  2. Add citrus zest, spices, and salt. Pulse to combine ingredients well. Then process until the mixture starts to stick together and pulls away from the sides of the food processor bowl.
  3. Shape dough into ~ 20 1-inch apricot energy balls and place on a tray or plate lined with parchment paper.
  4. Enjoy right away, store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or store in the freezer for up to 1 month.
Apricot balls on white parchment paper

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

Apricot Energy Balls with Dates, Cashews, and Coconut Nutrition

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Blue bowl with polkadots filled with apricot energy bites.

Healthy Apricot Balls with Dates, Cashews, and 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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  1. Lori K Donovan says:

    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. The Spicy RD says:

      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!

      1. Sandra Mcclaskey says:

        I want to try these but I have a question. It’s my understanding that coconut isn’t allowed on the MD WOE for life. What would you suggest as a replacement for the coconut?

        1. EA Stewart says:

          Hi Sandra! I’m not familiar with MD WOE for life. What is it? That being said, if you choose not to eat coconut, I would try adding an extra 1/3 cup of cashew nuts. If you give it a try, please let me know. Cheers!

  3. kellie@foodtoglow says:

    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. Lindsey Pine says:

    I bet the citrus zest adds so much flavor. I must try these!

  6. Stacey Mattinson says:

    Hi, I’ll take 12 please and thank you. Sign me up! I have to say, I have to be careful with energy bites because I can overdo it on snackables… but these look delicious!

  7. 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!

  8. Danielle Omar says:

    These look great, EA!

  9. Brittany Poulson says:

    Energy bites are my jam! I love this tropical combo – it sounds and looks delish!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much Brittany! I usually go for chocolate, pb, or caramel energy bites, but this combo is one of my new favorites for sure!

  10. Amy Gorin says:

    These look delish!