If you need extra energy or nutritional value, these energy power balls are perfect for you.  

I take these no-bake power balls with me when I travel, and should I run low on energy, these do the job.  

They are such a great little treat, as are my homemade raspberry fruit leather rolls, by the way…

Did I mention that they also taste delicious?

Energy Powder Balls sprinkled with shredded coconut

Why you’ll love these energy power balls

  • Healthy snack: Energy power balls are a healthy snack option packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats that can keep you fuelled and satisfied throughout the day.
  • Easy to make: This recipe for energy power balls is easy to make with just a few simple ingredients and requires no baking.
  • Customizable: You can customize the flavor and ingredients of these energy balls to suit your preferences. Add in your favorite nuts, seeds, or dried fruits to make them unique.
  • Portable: Energy power balls are a great snack to take on the go, whether you’re hiking, traveling, or just running errands.
  • No added sugar: This recipe uses natural sweeteners like dates and maple syrup to add sweetness, making it a healthier alternative to sugary treats.
  • Versatile: Energy power balls can be enjoyed as a snack or even as a breakfast option. They are perfect for pre-workout or post-workout snacks to give you a boost of energy.
  • Long-lasting: Energy power balls can last up to a week when stored in the refrigerator, making them a great option for meal prep or to have on hand for busy days.

Ingredients and substitution notes

  • Raw cashews can be replaced with almonds, peanuts, or any other nuts of your choice.
  • Old-fashioned oats can be swapped out for quick oats or rolled oats.
  • Shredded coconut can be replaced with coconut flakes or omitted if you don’t like the texture.
  • Chia seeds can be substituted with flax seeds for added nutrition.
  • Maple syrup can be replaced with agave syrup for a similar sweetener.
  • Coconut milk can be replaced with almond milk, soy milk, or any other non-dairy milk of your choice.

Recipe variations and add-ins

  • You can dip the finished balls in melted carob for an extra touch.  I add a little melted coconut oil to melted carob to make it a dipping consistency.
  • Nut butter: Mix in 1-2 tablespoons of almond butter, peanut butter, or any other nut butter of your choice for added protein and flavor.
  • Seeds: Instead of chia seeds, try adding in other seeds like pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or sesame seeds for added texture and nutrition.
  • Spices: Add in a pinch of cinnamon or ginger for added flavor.
  • Dried fruits: Mix in dried cranberries, raisins, or chopped dates for added sweetness and nutrition.
  • Coconut oil: Replace the coconut milk with coconut oil for a more solid texture and added healthy fats.

Top tips for making Energy Balls

  • Soak the dried fruit: If you have particularly dry apricots that won’t blend up nicely, consider soaking them prior. Keep in mind you may need to adjust the amount of coconut milk in the recipe.
  • Adjust consistency: If the mixture is too dry, add a little more coconut milk or water to adjust the consistency. If the mixture is too wet, add more oats or shredded coconut.
  • Chill before rolling: Chilling the mixture for 10-15 minutes in the refrigerator before rolling it into balls can make it easier to handle and shape.
  • Use a cookie scoop: Using a small cookie scoop can help to make uniform-sized energy power balls.

Make ahead of instructions and storage

Make ahead: Energy power balls can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator or freezer for later use. This is especially convenient for meal prep or for when you need a quick snack on the go.

Refrigerator storage: Store the energy power balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you live in a warm climate, it is recommended to store the power balls in the fridge at all times to prevent melting.

Freezer storage: To store energy power balls in the freezer, arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag and store for up to a month. When you’re ready to eat them, let them thaw in the refrigerator for a few hours and enjoy.

Thawing instructions: If you’ve frozen your energy power balls, it’s important to let them thaw in the refrigerator before consuming. This helps to prevent them from becoming too hard or icy.

Room temperature storage: It’s not recommended to store energy power balls at room temperature for an extended period of time as they can become too soft and sticky


Can I use other types of nuts in my energy power balls?

Yes, you can use other nuts like almonds, pecans, or walnuts in place of cashews. You can also use a combination of nuts for added flavor and nutrition.

Can I make energy power balls without a food processor?

While a food processor is the best tool for making energy power balls, you can also use a high-speed blender. If you don’t have either of these tools, you can try using a mortar and pestle to crush the nuts and oats before mixing in the other ingredients.

Can I substitute agave nectar for maple syrup in my energy power balls?

Yes, you can use agave nectar instead of maple syrup.

Can I omit the shredded coconut in my power balls?

Yes, you can omit the shredded coconut if you prefer. You can add more oats or nuts to adjust the consistency if needed.

How long do energy power balls last in the refrigerator or freezer? 

Energy power balls can last up to a week in the refrigerator and up to a month in the freezer when stored in an airtight container.

Can I add protein powder to my power balls?

Yes, you can add protein powder to your energy power balls for added protein and nutrition. Simply mix the protein powder in with the other ingredients before blending.

Wrapping it up 

These energy balls are a simple and delicious snack that are perfect for busy days when you need a quick boost of energy. 

With just a few ingredients, you can make a batch in no time, and customize them with your favorite flavors and add-ins. 

Whether you need a snack to take with you on the go, or a healthy treat to enjoy at home, energy power bombs are a great choice. 

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Energy Powder Balls sprinkled with shredded coconut

Energy Power Bombs

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  • Author: Chef Ani


These energy balls are a simple and delicious snack that are perfect for busy days when you need a quick boost of energy.


  • 1/2 cup dried apricots (95g)
  • 1/4 cup cashews (38g)
  • 3 tablespoons old fashioned oats (24g)
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut (37g)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (10g)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoons maple syrup (25g)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut milk (16g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanila extract


  1. In a food processor add the dried apricots and blend into a rough paste.
  2. Next add cashews and oats to the food processor and blend until a crumble consistency.
  3. Add the shredded coconut, chia seeds, and pinch of salt to the food processor and blend until a rough dry mixture has formed.
  4. Next add the maple syrup, coconut milk, and vanilla extract. Blend everything together for 1-2 minutes until a sticky dough has formed.
  5. Roll the dough into small bite size balls and chill in the freezer or fridge for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Store them in a plastic container and take along for your next adventure.


You can dip the finished balls in melted carob for an extra touch.  I add a little melted coconut oil to melted carob to make it a dipping consistency.  Put them on a piece of parchment paper and chill in the freeze until the carob sets.  Store in a travel container.

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