No-Bake Apricot Energy Balls

Updated: May 26

Energy balls are the easiest way to prepare healthy and nutrient-dense snacks for back to school lunches or as a sweet pick-me-up snack to get you through the afternoon slump at work.

These apricot protein balls are healthy, sweet, and packed with omega-3, protein, fiber, and vitamins. Mixed with dates, walnuts, and flaxseeds, they make for a quick and healthy snack full of flavor that will boost your energy all week long.

What’s more, it takes 15 minutes and only $6.50 to make 12 vegan energy balls! They’re perfect when making a big batch for your daily snack or to bring to any gathering. They’re always my go-to quick energy ball recipe when I need a little treat during the week.

I love to pair these delicious and easy protein balls with orange slices and green tea for a filling and healthy vegan snack.

Details:


Yield: 12 balls

Prep time: 5 min

Assembling time: 10 min

Total time: 15 min


Ingredients:


1 cup old fashioned oats

2 tbsp ground flaxseeds

1 cup dates (pitted)

⅓ cup dried apricots

¼ cup walnuts

¼ cup pumpkin seeds

1 tsp vanilla essence

2 tbsp honey (or any liquid sweetener)

Pinch of salt


Directions:


1. Optional: Soak the dates in a bowl for 15 minutes to soften them.

2. To a bowl, add the ground flaxseeds and 3 tbsp of water. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow the mixture to gel.

3. Add the dates to a bowl and mash them with a fork or hand blender until you get a paste-like consistency.

4. Add the date mixture to the ground flaxseed mixture and mix well.

5. Chop the dried apricots and walnuts into small pieces.

6. Add the vanilla essence, oats, dried apricots, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, honey (or any other liquid sweetener), and a pinch of salt.

7. Optional: Cover the mixture and let it sit in the fridge for 10 minutes.

8. Form the mixture into small or medium balls and that’s it! Enjoy them immediately or store for later.


Notes:


- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

- If you’d like an easier assembly, replace the pumpkin seeds with pistachio nuts or any other nut. I love the pumpkin seed texture in this recipe, but the smooth outer texture makes them slip out of the mixture while forming the energy balls.

- I like to keep the flavors simple for this recipe, but you can roll them in coconut flakes or hemp seeds for extra texture and nutritional value!

- To save on cost, buy nuts and seeds in the bulk area of your grocery store.


Approximate cost:


$6.50. This takes into account the measurements listed in the ingredients section and for the main ingredients only.



Nutrition:


*Oats are packed with a variety of vitamins and nutrients. They’re rich in carbs and fiber and higher in protein and fat than other grains. Oats are also high in a soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which helps reduce cholesterol and promotes healthy gut bacteria.


*Flax seeds are a rich source of the omega-3 fatty acid ALA. Plant-based ALA fatty acids are proven to have heart health benefits and are linked to a lower risk of stroke. They also contain a group of nutrients called lignans, which have powerful antioxidant and estrogen properties.

Flaxseeds may help in preventing breast and prostate cancer, as well as other types of cancer. With so much fiber packed in each tiny seed, adding flax seeds to your diet promotes regular bowel movements and can improve your digestive health.


*Dried apricots are a great source of many antioxidants, including beta carotene and vitamins A, C, and E. They are also a good source of soluble fiber, which feeds your healthy gut bacteria and may boost digestive health.


*Walnuts provide healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are an excellent source of antioxidants that can help fight oxidative damage in your body, including damage due to “bad” LDL cholesterol. Walnuts are a good source of the plant form of omega-3 fat, which may help reduce heart disease risk. They contain nutrients that may help protect your brain from damaging inflammation and support good brain function as you age.


*Pumpkin seeds are full of antioxidants that may help protect against disease and reduce inflammation. They are rich in magnesium - Healthy magnesium levels are important for your blood pressure, blood sugar levels, as well as heart and bone health. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of tryptophan, zinc, and magnesium — all of which help promote good sleep.

Did you try this healthy energy ball recipe? Let me know in the comments below and/or tag your creation on Instagram #everyhealthybite

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