No-Bake Apricot Raisin Coconut Balls are sweetened with dried apricots, raisins and honey, and loaded with clean ingredients like almonds, cashews, almond butter, oats, flax and coconut! They only take 15 minutes, and make a great dessert or fibre-filled snack!
- 1/2 cup dried apricots (see note)
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1/4 cup raw almonds
- 1/4 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup natural smooth almond butter
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut (medium desiccated)
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1 tbsp yogurt chips (optional)
- 1/4 gluten-free rolled oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
- Using your food processor, add the apricots, raisins and almond extract, and process on high for 1-2 minutes, or until the fruit is finely chopped.
- Add the almonds and cashews and process on high for another 1-2 minutes. Then add the almond butter, honey, coconut and flax, and process for another 2-3 minutes on high until the ingredients have formed a crumbly, sticky mixture. (Don’t worry if there are still a few chunks in the mixture). You may also need to stop a few times to scrape down the sides.
- Add the yogurt chips and process for another 30-60 seconds.
- Lastly, add the oats and process for another 30-60 seconds.
- Roll the mixture into balls (you should get around 12-14) and store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. Just let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving (or enjoy them frozen!)
- I used sun-dried, unsulfured, no sugar added apricots in this recipe. They have a darker color than apricots treated with sulphur dioxide but they seemed a little softer and less firm than treated apricots. I found this processed a little easier in the food processor.
- I like to use smooth almond butter (not crunchy) in my cookie and energy bite recipes as I find this helps the ingredients process a little easier.
- In order for the ingredients in these cookies to reach a crumbly texture, I gradually add the ingredients to the food processor. So I process the dried fruit first, then the nuts, and so on as outlined in the instructions. I wouldn’t add all ingredients to the food processor at once as this may clog the appliance. (I’ve done this!)
- I have a 9-cup food processor that’s pretty powerful. If your food processor is smaller or less powerful, you could cut the recipe in half.