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Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Apricot Energy Balls

Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Apricot Energy Balls

The idea for these has been floating around in my head for weeks … I wanted to make a little ball of goodness that would be great for quick energy on the go, something with protein and fruit and a few carbs so it would give my body lots of the things it needs before or after a good workout.

And then of course I had to dip it in chocolate … for all those good antioxidants, right?  … it makes me think of a little thing my friend SueAnn Gleason of Chocolate for Breakfast says, “Dip it in chocolate … it’ll be fine.”

Oh yes, these are fine. I think I’m addicted …

Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Apricot Energy Balls

Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Apricot Energy Balls

  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped roughly
  • 1 cup dried apricots, chopped into small bits
  • 1 cup finely ground graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup coffee liqueur (Kahlua)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 5 to 6 ounces light cream cheese (I think fat-free cream cheese would work too, if you want to decrease the fat content)
  • A good quality dark chocolate bar or dark chocolate chips, for dipping

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients except the chocolate until everything is well mixed. They might fight you a little, but eventually the mixture will become a sort of thick paste that you can form into balls.
  2. Form balls and place them on a cookie sheet or platter. Refrigerate for a couple hours or until firm.
  3. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or double boiler. Dip the balls in chocolate and place them on waxed paper. Let them sit until the chocolate sets up. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. If they last that long …

Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Apricot Energy Balls

This recipe was shared on Full Plate ThursdaysFoodie FridaysKatherine Martinelli’s DIY blog hop, and Everyday Mom’s Meals.

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11 responses

  1. Oh, my… I am making these ASAP!

    January 5, 2012 at 10:59 am

  2. Cannot wait to try these! Thanks for including them in the foodie friday!

    January 6, 2012 at 9:38 am

  3. Beth

    Want to try these but would have to exchange the walnuts for pecans it sounds Yummy!

    January 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

  4. Ann

    Oh please let me know if you do try them; they are fabulous! Beth, I think pecans would be awesome! I was debating between the two myself.

    January 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm

  5. I can’t wait to make these for my husband he will just love these little treats. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    January 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm

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  7. Mo

    I just made these, and I cannot believe how yummy they are. I left out the apricots and used more cranberries, and I didn’t have any kahlua so i used some Baileys, and they are magical!

    January 12, 2012 at 3:22 pm

  8. Ann

    Mo you totally made my day. It makes me so happy when someone tries one of my recipes … and I bet Bailey’s would be way better than Kahlua. I have GOT to try that next time :)

    January 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    • RAN

      Hello Ann,

      What can i use instead of Kahlua or Bailey’s?, i’d like something which is alcohol free.

      Thanks

      February 14, 2012 at 1:48 am

  9. Holy moly! YUM!!!!!

    January 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm

  10. Ann

    Hello Ran,

    I think coffee would work just fine … or milk.

    Ann

    February 14, 2012 at 8:24 am

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