Apple Pie Energy Balls
I have to apologize for posting two Energy Ball recipes in less than 10 days. I had planned on holding this one back for a few weeks to give you time to try the Coconut & Ginger recipe from last week, but these Apple Pie Energy Balls are just too good to keep to myself.
I think the key to success on any sort of diet (other then determination and will power of steel) is to always have healthy, ready-made snacks on hand. In today’s world most household cupboards are filled with sugary cereals, crackers, chips and cookies, all processed foods which are a little too quick and easy to eat. I used to rely heavily on nuts to curb my hunger between meals which although high in protein and other good nutrients, may not have been the best option for my waist line.
My solution – the Energy Ball, my new snacking obsession. A batch can be made in less then 10 minutes, they are nutritious and filled with protein so you stay full for longer and they last for months in the freezer, all attributes which more then make up for the way they look.
These balls really do taste like apple pie which makes them one of my favorite ‘light desserts’, or pre-breakfast breakfasts, or pre-workout snacks; I will use just about any excuse to eat one. I make a big batch of these and store them in the freezer in a ziploc bag where they can last for up to three months. I think they are best eaten frozen, straight from the freezer but they can also be stored in the fridge. I hope you enjoy!
If you make this recipe let me know in the comment section below, I would love to hear what you think or take a photo and tag me (@everylastbite_) on Instagram, I love seeing your photos!
Apple Pie Energy Balls
- 1 1/2 cups chopped dried apple
- 1/2 cup dates
- 1/2 tbsp honey or other sweetener
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup toasted pecans
- In a food processor or blender add the dried apples, dates and honey and blend until the apples have broken down into very small pieces and the mixture becomes batter like in consistency
- Add the nutmeg, cinnamon and toasted pecans and continue to blend until the pecans reach your desired size.
- Once blended, scoop out tablespoon sized amounts of the mixture and roll into balls, depending on the stickiness you can wet your hands a touch to make the balls easier to roll
- Store the balls in the fridge in a sealed container for approximately a week, or you can keep them in the freezer for over a month
Other energy ball recipes from the site:
- Key Lime Pie Energy Balls
- Coconut & Ginger Energy Balls
- Cherry & Tahini Energy Balls
- Banana Bread Energy Balls
- Tropical Fruit Bites
- Fig Newton Energy Balls
I made your coconut & ginger energy balls last week and my husband who is training for a marathon absolutely loved them as a snack before his runs. I’m sure these will also be a big hit!
I’m so glad your husband liked the Coconut and Ginger Balls. Once you make these I would love to hear which one he prefers.
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I can’t wait to try these. I’m always looking for another healthy snack as I begin this whole healthier living because I’m over thirty journey, lol. My wife and I will surely enjoy them!
Good luck with the start of your healthy living journey! It gets easier the longer you stick to it and these energy balls will definitely help during those sweet tooth moments. Hope you enjoy them!
Can’t wait to try it, it sounds amazing!
I make the Nutty Energy Bites every week. They have replaced the processed protein bars that we used to buy. For variety I’m trying the Apple Pie Bites this weekend. I hope they are as big of a hit as the nutty ones are! Thank you for sharing!
Hi Ginny, natural energy bites are a great alternative to processed protein bars, they are so much healthier! I hope you enjoy these apple pie ones! I also have recipes for coconut & ginger, fig newton and banana bread energy balls posted on the site which are all delicious. I hope you enjoy!
Do you by any chance know the amount of protein, fiber, etc. in these?
Hi Rob, unfortunately I don’t usually calculate the nutrition for each recipe but I believe each ball is approximately 25 calories and contains 2g fibre and protein. I dont use protein powder but if you wanted to increase the amount of protein in each ball you could add a scoop into the mixture before rolling the balls.
Hi, would it work with fresh apple instead of dried apple ?
Hi Laurence, unfortunately I have never tried this recipe with fresh apples. I imagine that the balls would be quite wet so you may need to increase the amount of walnuts to absorb the excess liquid. I think grating the apple on a cheese grater and then leaving it to rest between paper towel for a few minutes may help. Let me know if you try it!
I made them with fresh apples and they were indeed waaaay to wet. I tried making balls and refrigerating them, but I think I’ll try adding protein powder and re-rolling and then freezing. Any other suggestions?
Good idea, storing them in the freezer will help them keep their shape, I also think adding in a few tablespoons of almond flour should help absorb some of the excess moisture.
I tried a similar recipe that called for fresh apple. They did not turn out so well and were not a favorite here at all. It was wet indeed. I like this one and will be trying it. I will dehydrate apples in my oven tonight and in the morning make these.
Thanks for the feedback Elicia, thats very good to know! I hope you have more success with this recipe!
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Where would I find the nutrition info for these.
Can I use any other dried fruits besides the dates? Cranberries, poms etc?
As for the question on using fresh apples, you can grate them like cheese, soak in lemon water for 30 min, then drain & pat dry, bake @ 200f for an hour, shake the pan then bake for another 1-2 hrs, let cool at room temp. You have dried shredded apples! I did this for a topping on a apple tart.
You can replace the dates with 2tbsp rice malt syrup and I tbsp coconut oil. Thanks for the hint about the dired apples. :
wuaaaahh! that looks amazing! can’t wait to try them!
do you dry the apples yourself or do you buy dried ones? would it also work with fresh apples?
I buy naturally dried apples with no added sulfur dioxide but you can also dry them yourself if you have a dehydrator. I would stick to using dried apples for this recipe as fresh are packed with so much liquid it would change the consistency of the balls.
Are you sure the quantities in your recipe are correct? I made these and they are mostly apple, tiny bit of date, whereas your picture is the other way around.
Cat, I haven’t tried these yet but I too was wondering about the quantities. It seems like 2 tablespoons of cinnamon is a lot – did you use 2 tablespoons per the recipe and did the balls turn out well apart from your issue with the apple vs date ratio?
Thanks in advance.
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Hi, I don’t understand why all these proteins balls need to be stored in the fridge, They are made out of all dry ingredients that last outside the fridge. I am a bit confused x
Personally, I prefer the texture of the balls when they are kept in the fridge or freezer, I think the flavours are stronger and they have a much more firm texture. With the exception of the ginger energy balls and key lime pie energy balls which both have fresh ingredients, the other recipes should all last just as long on your counter as they would in the fridge.
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What is the nutritional information
I have been making these energy bite but they are so tasty I eat them all within a couple of days!! Can you give me some idea how many calories they have, hopefully this will stop me from eating so many. Thank you
Haha it’s all healthy ingredients so don’t feel guilty! Depending on the size etc, each ball is approximately 30 calories. Hope that helps!
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Wow! I was looking for a simple recipe in which to use some apples that I had dehydrated. This popped out at me as I also had an abundance of dried dates. This is an easy recipe that also tastes really good.
I did end up adding more honey to get the stickiness I needed but did not find the cinnamon to be too much. I ended up making two batches they are so good. I am anxious to try your coconut and ginger balls.
I’m so happy to hear that they turned out well! They freeze really well so you can store the second batch in the freezer to enjoy over the next few months.