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Fruit and Nut Energy Bites

Fruit and Nut Energy Bites - easy and delicious, these no-bake treats are naturally sweetened.

Typically, I share most of my recipes these days in a cookbook (grab one here) or over on Good Cheap Eats. But, this week as part of the DIY on a Dime: Valentine’s series, I wanted to make sure all the moms saw the delicious Valentine treats I’ve been concocting.

Energy bars are a big hit around these parts. In Christmases past, the kids have been thrilled to receive one in their stockings. But, I don’t love the price or the ingredients list on those suckers, so I am busting out with some homemade alternatives.

We had some debate over the name. FishBoy13 said they were “energy balls”, the others vehemently shot that down in favor of Energy Bites.

My children and husband devoured the first batch of these energy bites in just a matter of hours, even though there were other sweet treats available. These aren’t “health food” in the sense that they are packed with dried fruit, which we should still eat “in moderation”. But, there is no processed sugar, so that makes for a healthier sweet treat.

Fruit and Nut Energy Bites - easy and delicious, these no-bake treats are naturally sweetened.

These are also super easy to make. I threw a bunch of stuff into the food processor and pulsed until the mixture would stick together. Since there is no baking involved, this is a great recipe to do with the kids, too.

I used unsulphured dried apricots. They are darker in color and sweeter than other dried apricots, but that’s all they are: apricots. There are no additives or things mixed in. Bought them at Costco. The jury’s still out on them for regular snacking, but they go great in this recipe.

Make up a batch of these to package in a cute way and substitute them for the junky Valentine candy.

Fruit and Nut Energy Bites - easy and delicious, these no-bake treats are naturally sweetened.

DIY on a Dime

This is part of the DIY on a Dime: Valentine’s Day. For more easy and frugal gift ideas, check out the list.

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  1. This sounds delicious! I wonder if our costco has unsulphured apricots? I LOOOOOVE dried apricots but my hubby wheezes from the sulfates used to retain color so I never buy them cause I figure they’re probably not good for me either.

    I love almost every dried fruit/nut/oat/coconut combination I’ve dried, and these look like no exception! Thanks :)

    • It’s a new product that I found for the first time. They are organic, unsulphured and really sweet. My family doesn’t love them as much, but I figure that like with all “better” ingredients, it may take some time getting used to them.

  2. Any subs for the sunbutter? I don’t usually buy it because no one will eat it (nut allergies here so my kids avoid anything resembling a nut). Just curious. Maybe I can think of another binder. Thanks!

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