Do you have a few recipes for energy bites or energy balls? These Coconut Date Energy Balls are simple to make, have no added sugar and yet guarantee a little energy boost whenever you need one. With just a handful of your favourite recipes you can avoid spending a fortune on packaged bars.
How many recipes do you think you need to never get bored?
The answer is up to you but I know I don’t need too many. With just three or four recipes I vary the dried fruit, nuts and seeds, add chocolate once in awhile, and have grab-and-go snacks all the time. Aim to have bars in the freezer and balls in the fridge at all times (well, that’s something to strive for). Baked granola bars use the same ingredients yet taste completely different.
The secret for these kind of snacks is to store a good selection of dried fruit, nuts and seeds in your pantry at all times. Regular baking dates and dried apricots are all that’s needed to hold these Coconut Date Energy Balls together.
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Pantry Tips for Coconut Date Energy Balls
I store dried fruit, nuts and seeds (and many other things) in Mason jars. I love these jars so much I wrote a whole post about them. Check it out here if you’re interested in learning about my simple two-lid system with seven sizes of jars, Organize For Success with Mason Jars.
The 4-cup jars for my dried fruit might look too large but I love transferring a brand new package right in the jar and not having to deal with it again. I don’t have to store it somewhere and I don’t need to rummage through some bucket full of packages to add to my grocery list. When I need to buy more I just leave the jar on the counter until that item makes it to my grocery list. Even if the jar is completely empty, the label on the lid tells me what belongs in it.
Get The Tools
These are the tools I have that help to make recipe like these energy balls fast and easy.
- Food processor or even an inexpensive blender.
- 4-cup Mason jars to store my dried fruit, nuts and seeds.
- Dymo label maker! (You laugh but I wrote a post on this one too, Organize For Success with Labeling.)
- Smaller Mason jars to store those little energy bites so you can see them every time you open the fridge. Put them in the size of jar that works best for how you’ll use them.
- A small portion scoop, not necessary but so convenient everyone should have at least three sizes.
If you need some energy I hope you’ll try this recipe and let me know in the comments below. How did you like them or did you pick up a good tip in this post?
More Recipes – Energy Balls, Bars and No-Bake Treats
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|12 dates broken from a block of baking dates (60 g)|
|12 dried apricots (120 g)|
|⅓ cup toasted, shredded coconut (30 g)|
|¼ cup toasted walnuts, chopped (30 g)|
- Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until mixture starts to come together. Scrape down sides and pulse again until finely chopped. It's okay to have some larger pieces as long as the mixture is soft enough to hold together.
- Fill a metal portion scoop with the mixture pressing firmly to fill the scoop. Roll into even ball and store in a Mason jar. Makes 12 balls.