Apricot, Date, and Cashew Snack Balls

September  2, 2014
5 Ratings
Photo by Alpha Smoot
Author Notes

This is an easy, fast, and delicious recipe for anytime snacking. You can use walnuts, almonds, or cashews, but my personal preference is for cashews, which have a sweet, buttery taste and a texture that's hard to beat. Most recipes for snack balls feature dates and nuts alone, but I like the complexity of flavor that apricots add here. —Gena Hamshaw

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Makes 14–16 balls
  • 1 cup cashews, walnuts, or almonds
  • Generous pinch sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups pitted Medjool dates (about 15 or 16 dates)
  • 1/4 cup dried apricot
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
In This Recipe
  1. Process the nuts and sea salt in a food processor fitted with the S blade till the nuts are coarsely ground.
  2. Add the dates, apricots, almond butter, sesame seeds, and cinnamon. Keep processing the mixture until it's starting to stick together a bit. When you can squeeze a handful and it sticks together nicely, you're done.
  3. Roll the mixture into balls that are about 1 inch in diameter. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks in the fridge or a week outside the fridge.

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Gena is a registered dietitian, recipe developer, and food blogger. She's the author of three cookbooks, including Power Plates (2017) and Food52 Vegan (2015). She enjoys cooking vegetables, making bread, and challenging herself with vegan baking projects.