Treat me: Energy Balls

I do apologise for my absence this week. Is it just me or has someone put 2013 on fast-forward? One of my reasons for not blogging this week is that I haven’t cooked anything. Truly, I haven’t. Well, I’ve made porridge and toast, but that’s about the size of it. Thank heavens for my lovely husband. I’ll share one of the amazing things he made for dinner next week, if I can pry the recipe from him.

In the meantime, here’s something I didn’t cook yesterday. After last week’s chocolate fest (why cook proper meals when you can eat cold dog biscuits?) I have been craving something that doesn’t give me palpitations when I eat it. These tangy little balls are the answer. I’m making a double batch to take to work next week, because something tells me I’m going to need them.

Apricot Energy Balls
I absolutely love these. I’m not sure where the recipe is from – the ingredients were written in shorthand, followed by ‘whiz’ (in longhand, it’s quite hard to work out otherwise) on a Post-It I found stuck to a phone bill. I figured the random nature of this find made it just the ticket for March’s Random Recipes challenge (about which you can read more here). Having eaten quite a few of these in the last day or so I think good quality apricots are essential. You need really tangy, flavoursome ones or there’s no point.

100g dates, roughly chopped
100g dried apricots, roughly chopped
80g walnuts

40g seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin)
60g desiccated coconut
2 Tbsp honey
more seeds – about 1/2 a cup – to roll the balls in

Put everything, except the extra seeds, in a food processor and whiz until it is a slightly crumbly paste that sticks together when you press it with your fingers.
Roll large teaspoonfuls into balls, then roll them in the seeds to coat. Store in the fridge in a covered container. Makes about 20.

Have a great weekend, everyone x



  1. March 7, 2013 / 7:32 pm

    It's like a healthy cake pop! They like to die for x

  2. March 7, 2013 / 8:18 pm

    Like the randomness of your find. And energy balls are my new found secret for when I need something sweet. I've only used dates with mine but am now keen to give those apricots a whirl.

  3. March 7, 2013 / 9:33 pm

    love the sound of these, lots of lovely natural sweetness.

  4. March 8, 2013 / 12:03 am

    yes, someoe has fast forwarded the year. i am waiting for march to be over already!
    i also love that you found this recipe on a phone bill 🙂

  5. March 8, 2013 / 7:29 am

    great entry… could hardly be more random if you ask me… and you know I love my balls!… oh and I know what you mean about not having enough time in the day… i'm now getting up an hour early just to read blogs, which is quite sad if you ask me!

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  7. March 30, 2013 / 2:13 pm

    just…copying…those…ingredients down on a post it note. Done. Oh hang on a minute, must add "whiz". I think these will find their way into my daughter's lunchbox after the holidays! Thank you 🙂

  8. March 30, 2013 / 8:49 pm

    I'm always on the lookout for healthier snacks than I usually turn to – these look perfect. A very random recipe!

  9. April 2, 2013 / 4:55 pm

    What a great no bake treat and I'll bet they keep for ages, if they last that long. And the post-it note on a phone bill? Perfectly random!

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