Energy Balls with citrus zest (gluten free, no processed sugar)


There is something so satisfying when you know exactly what your’re eating. I use a mix of dates, figs, prunes, added almonds and lots of fresh tangerine zest.


These energy balls are very easy to make and a good activity with the kids. I coated half the balls in sesame seeds and the other half in coconut. You can also make a very large batch and store them in airtight containers or jars.


You will need:
2 cups pitted dates, roughly chopped
2 cups coconut
1 cup figs
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup grated citrus zest, I used local tangerines
1/2 cup honey, I used local eucalyptus carob honey
1/2 cup chopped flaked almonds
1/4 cup fruit juice, usually I use orange but this time I used purple carrot juice
For rolling balls : 2 cups sesame seeds and 2 cups coconut


You can use a food processor if you want a smooth even consistency but I always prefer different textures and defined flavors in my food and I used a food mixer fitted with a K beater.


Place all the ingredients in your mixer and blend until you reach the consistency you prefer.

Using a tablespoon for measurement, roll balls between your hands.


Line two dishes with a baking sheet and place the sesame seeds and coconut for rolling the balls.


And the wonderful delicious result which you can store in the freezer or airtight containers !



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17 responses to “Energy Balls with citrus zest (gluten free, no processed sugar)”

    1. Good Sunday…hope you are enjoying your weekend. 😉

      1. A windy day and unusually cold today… A staying-in day…. The sun will come out tomorrow … !!! Have a great Sunday…

        1. U as well, stay warm & safe.

  1. They look great, i love making my own energy balls, you can tailor them to your own tastes, and like you say, you know what’s in them! I’ve never added any citrus zest though, maybe one to try 🙂 love the top photo too!

    1. Thank you Elaine, I was just admiring your glassware, what a lucky girl you are !

      1. I saw that – thank you x

  2. These look delicious and I like the “no sugar added” part.

  3. Healthy with a smile. Hugs, Barbara

  4. Reblogged this on idealisticrebel and commented:
    Smile. Healthy food.

    1. Thank you Barbara for reblogging, appreciate !

  5. Lovely and very tasty, as usual.

  6. Reblogged this on cadesertvoice and commented:
    I am sugar free, gluten free and love recipes like this for high energy. Thank you so much, Good Food Everyday!

    1. Thank you for reblogging !

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