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apricot balls plated

Apricot, Cashew and Coconut Energy Balls

The combination of these three ingredients combined with the zest of a lime make you swear you're in the tropics. Sweet, but not too sweet, and loaded with healthy fats and protein, all you need is a food processor to bring these healthy energy balls to life. I promise they will save you the next time you are hangry, stabilize your blood sugar and help you push through until the next meal. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.

Course healthy snack, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword energy balls
Prep Time 5 minutes
Rolling balls 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 balls
Author The Cowgirl Gourmet adapted this recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow's The Clean Plate cookbook


  • 1/2 cup dried apricots unsulfured
  • 1/2 cup raw organic cashews
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 lime zested
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Pinch kosher or sea salt


  1. Add all of the ingredients, except the water, to the food processor and turn the machine on. 

    apricot balls ingredients in processor
  2. As the ingredients break down, you will want to add 1 tablespoon of water to help it along. Then add 1 more tablespoon of water and that should help bring it together.

    apricot balls making 1
  3. It will take up to 3 minutes or more for everything to break down and become smooth. Once it forms a ball or comes together like this in the food processor, it is done.

    apricot balls smooth
  4. Using wet hands, carefully remove and place the batter in a bowl. Using your hands or a tablespoon, scoop a bit and roll it into a ball. Do this until you have about 12 balls. 

    apricot balls plated
  5. Store the balls in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to eat. Alternatively, you can also store them in the freezer.