Dried Fruit and Walnut Energy Balls

Vegan dried fruit and walnut energy balls

We love healthy treats that are as tasty as candy truffles, and these dried fruit and walnut energy balls fit that description. With just a few ingredients, they’re super easy to make, too. Did you you know that walnuts are just about the best source of omega 3 fatty acids? This beneficial fat is hard to come by in plant-based foods, and walnuts are the only nut that contains ALA, or alpha-linolenic acid. Eating 3 or 4 of these will give you just about your total daily requirement.

Though the maca powder in these is optional, it’s highly recommended — it’s another way to get an energy boost and enjoy its other health benefits.

Makes: 12 to 14

  • 1 cup chopped soft dried apricots (unsulphured) or pitted dates
  • 1 heaping cup walnut pieces
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa or cacao powder
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons maca powder, optional
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup, to taste
  • A few grindings of coarse salt, optional (but highly recommended)

If the dried fruit isn’t nice and soft, soak it in very hot water for a few minutes, then drain.

Put the walnuts in a food processor fitted with the metal blade and pulse on and off until finely chopped.

Add the dried fruit, cocoa, optional maca powder, and 1 tablespoon of the syrup. Process, stopping the machine to scrape down from time to time if needed, until the mixture holds together as a mass, but don’t over-process. You want to leave a bit of texture.

Taste to see if you’d like it to be sweeter, and if so, add a little more syrup. Grind in some course salt if you’d like — this really gives it a zippy flavor — and pulse on and off a few more times.

Shape into balls not more than an inch in diameter. Arrange on a parchment or wax paper-lined plate and refrigerate for an hour or so, then enjoy!

Dried fruit and walnut energy balls

Photos: Arzamasova / Shutterstock

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One comment on “Dried Fruit and Walnut Energy Balls

  1. Sheeja Paulos

    It looks tasty will share it with mom. I usually love to try different things. Thank you so much!!!

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