5-Ingredient Apricot, Prune, and Walnut Energy Bites

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These no-bake, 5-ingredient energy bites are made with walnuts, honey, cinnamon, and dried fruits including apricots and prunes! They’re super simple, healthy, and wholesome!

It’s cliche, but I do like to renew my commitment to healthy snacking and healthier choices in the new year. When it comes to eating better, I am a planner. It helps so much to prepare. I pack food and snacks to take with me on-the-go, especially because I travel for work. I don’t like to rely on fast food when I’m out and about, so I’m always stashing things in my purse or a small cooler. I’m look a food ninja – you never know what I’ll bust out, and where it was hiding.

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I sometimes get sideways glances from friends and family because of this ‘strange’ habit, but they are very happy campers when I’m willing to share my secret food stash.

I was traveling earlier this week on a work trip with a new colleague. Whenever she would mention that she was getting hungry, I’d provide her an array of choices to snack on. Initially she thought this behavior was kinda odd, but by the end of our trip, she was quite grateful for healthy snacks on hand!

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One of the snacks I packed with me is these Apricot, Prune, and Walnut Energy Bites. These are so delicious and they were perfect for a snack or light meal. They stick to my bones and keep me feeling full, while my energy levels hum along too. They are naturally sweet from dried fruits, including apricots and Sunsweet Prunes, so they taste more like indulging in a treat! Since they don’t take up a lot of space and are quite portable, they were ideal for tucking into my bag.

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They disappeared quickly. Um, really fast. The good news is that you can make more in about 5 minutes flat. The prep work involved about 30 seconds of pulsing in a food processor. Beyond that, you can eat these as fast as you can roll them into balls. Or, just grab a spoon and go to town. That’s perhaps the less portable option, but equally delicious!

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Prunes are possibly the most underrated of dried fruits! It’s a plum with all the water zapped out…. who doesn’t love a plum? Prunes are even more sweet and concentrated in flavor. What’s not to love? These Sunsweet Prunes are also a good source of fiber so they’ll keep you feeling full longer, they’re versatile so you can toss them into cereal, oatmeal, or even salads, they’re low-glycemic, and they contain lots of nutrients that are good for bone health.

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Admittedly, prunes do remind me of my great-grandma! Whenever my mom would take my brother and I to visit her when we were little, she would inevitably offer us prune juice and cookies. True story. Every single time. There really wasn’t any variation that I recall – it was always prune juice and cookies!

And we liked that! As a little kid, I appreciated the prune, and I still do. They’re the perfect moist and sweet base for these energy bites – just mix in your preference of other fruits and nuts!! Apricots are a delicious accompaniment to prunes. I tested these energy bites with pecans, almonds, and walnuts. My personal favorite was walnuts because they were a bit more unexpected, but this recipe is extremely versatile so you can adjust it easily to your preferences! Enjoy!

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5-Ingredient Apricot, Prune, and Walnut Energy Bitess
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Super simple and healthy energy bites made with walnuts, honey, cinnamon, and dried fruits including apricots and prunes!
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 1 dozen
  • 8 prunes
  • 10 dried apricots
  • 1 c. walnuts
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1-2 tbsp. honey
  1. Combine prunes, apricots, walnuts, and cinnamon in a small food processor or chopper.
  2. Pulse until the fruits and nuts are roughly chopped.
  3. Add 1 tbsp. honey to the mixture, and pulse until the fruits and nuts are finely chopped.
  4. Drizzle additional honey into the food processor, as needed, until the mixture starts to form a ball.
  5. When the mixture sticks together and can be easily rolled into balls, it's ready!
  6. Roll into 1-inch balls. Enjoy!


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    • says

      Oh really? I really love them actually. Sometimes I walk by a bag of prunes in the grocery store and they call out to me. It’s funny how I’ll spot them and get a craving. They mostly add sweetness so you’ll love them with the apricots and walnuts!! Thanks, Claire!

  1. says

    That’s such a good idea to keep a stash of snacks with you! I definitely need to try that when I know I’m going to be out for hours on end. These energy bites looks fantastic! I love the prunes in here, definitely an underrated fruit! :)

    • says

      Aren’t they overlooked? I really love prunes though. I take food with me EVERYWHERE! It’s a lifesaver. Kind of a pain to plan ahead, but worth it!

    • says

      Thanks so much, Medha! It’s great when you don’t need added sugar! I put a touch of honey in these, but it mostly just helps hold them together! :)

    • says

      Oh how funny! That makes me feel better. I have food stashed all sorts of places. Haha! I am used to it, but people sometimes find it strange! Makes perfect sense to me though! :)

  2. says

    I looooove homemade energy bites! They really live up to their name, because they give you a HUGE boost of energy, plus they’re totally delish! I’ve only made energy bites with dates, but now you’ve got me incensed to try prunes and apricots!

    • says

      I love energy bites with dates too!! I was tempted to throw some in just for the heck of it. I think prunes work really well for energy bites too and I like that they have more fruit flavor than dates! Thanks, girl!

  3. says

    These look and sound awesome. I tried the PB & J bars from the Seasoned Mom the other day and they are really good – look forward to trying these, too – maybe tomorrow!

  4. says

    My children love what we have come to call “Not Peanut Butter Balls.” The variations are endless–whatever’s in the pantry. I’ll definitely try this variation. Thanks for the idea.

    • says

      Oh how cute! That’s so true though – you can make these with many different things! Lots of different fruits and nuts would work! Thanks, Jody!


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