These Simple Apricot and Date Balls (or sometimes known as Apricot Bliss Balls), are one of the first sweet treat snack balls that we made when we started out at Just One Bite At A Time.

It’s become one of our go to snacks and they are super easy to make when you’re in a hurry. Oh and our friends and family love them too.

(Prob’s only 15 mins total time).


Why You’ll Love This Recipe

 🧡 Simple Ingredients – 5 to be exact – apricots and dates, oats, desiccated coconut and coconut oil.
 🧡 Keep Sweet Cravings at bay – These little mini snacks are perfect when you may be feeling that you need a little something to keep you going till your next meal, but without added sugar.
      Perfect with a cup of tea instead of a biscuit.
🧡 Perfect Portable Snack – great to pop into kids school lunch boxes.
🧡 No bake recipe – whip it up in no time
🧡 No refined sugar – there’s no added or refined sugar.  Only naturally sweetened
apricot and date balls

What Ingredients do you Need for Apricot and Date Balls?


  • Rolled Oats – blitzed to a fine floury texture
  • Apricots – Sweetened by the sun and very orange
  • Dates – we used regular dates (packaged dates) for this recipe
  • Coconut Oil – 2 tabs to bind it all together
  • Desiccated Coconut –  to coat these lovely healthy apricot balls
apricot and date balls

How to make Apricot and Date Balls

Step 1. Blitz up your oats first in a high-powered food processor. Remove and then blitz up the dates and then the apricots individually.

Step 2. Add all the ingredients back into the food processor along with the melted coconut oil to combine. If needed add a little warm water to create cohesiveness or a squeeze of orange juice.

After blitzing up the ingredients you add the melted coconut oil and roll mixture into balls. (bitesize balls).

Step 3. Roll in extra desiccated coconut and pop into the fridge until frim.

Full details are in the recipe card below.



apricot and date balls



apricot and date balls

Recipe Tips

  • We’ve found that blitzing up the dates, dried apricots and oats is easier done separately rather then altogether in the one bowl at the one time.
  • If the dates and apricots seem rather hard or firm, you can warm them (only slightly) in the microwave to soften before blitzing up.
  • You’ll need a high powered blender for this recipe.  I use a Thermomix but a food processor will also work beautifully.
  • If the mix is too stiff you can add a little warm water – tablespoon at a time to soften.

How to Store Your Apricot and Date Balls

These coconut  apricot balls will keep for a week in an airtight container in the fridge. If only they’ll last that long!


Additions and Substitutions

Honestly the list is pretty well endless.  I haven’t tried this recipe with medjool dates yet.  They are a lot softer and may make the mix a bit harder to roll.

Use almond meal instead of oats.

Almond butter or peanut butter instead of coconut oil.

Blended sunflower seeds or hemp seeds (a couple of tablespoons) will give this a nice nutty flavour.

A tablespoon of freshly squeezed orange juice gives it a beautiful zing.

A pinch of cinnamon if that’s your thing.



Simple Apricot and Date Balls Recipe

5 from 2 votes
apricot and date balls
Apricot and Date Balls
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 10 mins

These Simple Apricot and Date Balls are a sweet treat snacks without refined sugar Super easy to make when you're in a hurry.

Course: Snacks
Cuisine: American, Australian
Keyword: bites, snacks, sweets, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 15
Calories: 85 kcal
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup of dried apricots
  • 1 cup of packaged dry dates seeds removed
  • 2 tbs of coconut oil
  • extra desiccated coconut to coat the balls in.
  1. Using your kitchen food processor pop in the cup of rolled oats and wizz till a fine meal.
  2. Add the apricots to the coat mix and wizz till combined.

  3. Add the dates and wizz till combined as well.
  4. Lastly add the 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and mix till it forms a sticky paste.
  5. Roll into smallish sized balls and roll and coat in coconut.
  6. Reintegrate till firm and store covered in the fridge.
  7. Should make around 15-18 smallish sized balls.
Recipe Notes

If you would like to reduce the sweetness add 1/2 a cup of cashews and only add in 1/2 a cup of dates.

Nutrition Facts
Apricot and Date Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 85 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 184mg5%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 313IU6%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



About Sonya

Apricot and Date Balls 1Helloooo, I'm Sonya and I'm one of those late starter's in the exercise department. (but you know you're never too late to start). A retired beauty therapist who likes geeking out in the online world, loves 4-legged fury friends, baking and gardening.