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Tropical No-Bake Snack Balls

These are basically a Mock Larabar (just do a google search and you’ll come up with hundreds of examples of varieties you can make at home just by altering the type of nut, dried fruit and flavor options)

I love making No-Bake Snack Balls because:

  • They are super versatile (can be adapted based on ingredients on hand or your personal preferences).
  • They are healthier than most store-bought granola bars (most of which are simply a slightly “healthified” version of candy bars)
  • They are fairly simple to make and less expensive than prepackaged Larabars. (which are an exception to the above statement–check nutrition facts panel and see that they consist of primarily dates and nuts–no added sugars or oils–only downside is the cost).
  • They have a long shelf life (several weeks if you can manage to not eat them), as compared with bars or snacks made with flour & eggs which will go rancid in a few days. These will last weeks in the refrigerator and months in the freezer.
  • They seriously taste awesome–dates are so sweet, even people who generally don’t like healthy options like these!

Tropical No-Bake Snack Balls

Powerballs Tropical

5.0 from 6 reviews

No-Bake Tropical Snack Balls
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Quick & fun snack!
Recipe type: Snack-no bake
Cuisine: Snacks
Serves: 14

  • 1 cup Dates, chopped (pour ¼ cup boiling water over to soften)
  • 1 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 2 T Chia Seeds
  • ¼ cup dried unsweetened Coconut
  • 5 Figs
  • 5 Apricots
  • 1 T Honey (optional)
  • 2 T Coconut Flour (or as needed to help form)

  1. Pour boiling water over dates and let sit at least 10 minutes to soften.
  2. Put sunflower seeds in food processor and pulse until chopped (don’t let food processor run at this point or it could become a paste).
  3. Remove nuts and throw in all dried fruit and honey (if desired).
  4. Run food processor until the dried fruit forms a paste or a ball. Add coconut, sunflower, and chia seeds and pulse until just combined.
  5. Add a bit of coconut flour until “dough” is able to hold together without sticking to your hands.
  6. Roll into balls and place in refrigerator to firm up a bit.

Try experimenting with different combinations of dates, nuts, and flavors–the possibilities are endless! (ok, so they will end at some point, but there are a LOT of possibilities still)

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 100 Fat: 3 Saturated fat: 0 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 18 Sugar: 14 Sodium: 2 Fiber: 3.2 Protein: 3 Cholesterol: 0

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40 Thoughts on “Tropical No-Bake Snack Balls

  1. These sound so tasty! And a perfect snack for a Sunday afternoon.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

  2. Yum! I’d love to make these. My food processor went kaput, but I’ll mash them by hand.

    I’m visiting from AP Tuesdays.

    • Haha-they would probably work in a blender too…and if you want you could do the nuts in a coffee grinder. Mashing will work I’m sure, although you’ll get bigger chuncks (which is not a bad thing!). Thanks for visiting :-)

  3. I love no bake cookies!!! Thanks for linking up to Simple Supper Tuesday :o )

  4. You had me sold at NO BAKE! =) These sound too good, I am going to have to try them out in my kitchen!

    Thank you so much for sharing this at the Oh HAPPY Day Party today! Made my day that much better!

  5. Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing on Healthy 2Day Wednesday :-)

  6. Becca on March 7, 2013 at 8:55 am said:

    These sound and look so good (and definitely healthy!). Thanks so much for joining in my Healthy Tuesday hop. I look forward to you joining in again. :) Plus it’s always fun to meet fellow Jesus followers. :)

    • Thanks Becca!! I’m just learning the ropes on the blogging thing, so looking for similar community–will definately be checking back at Healthy Tuesday hop :-) Thanks for checking out my site!

  7. These look like a great go to snack! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I have a Tuesday Greens linky on and would love for you to link up any of your real food recipes or green living posts. Thanks and have a great week!

  8. Yummy…I found you through Your Green Resource. I also posted a raw cookie dough recipe with nuts. I will have to give yours a try for snacks next week.

  9. Wow, these look so delicious!! I can’t wait to try these. They are my kind of snack. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent!! So thrilled to have you share with us. Love your blog, and your newest follower. Have a great weekend. :)

  10. These sound so yummy and healthy! Pinning :)
    Thanks for linking up for WW!


  11. Marybeth on March 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm said:

    These look amazing! I do not have coconut flour on hand….can you suggest a substitution? I have milled flaxmeal. Would that work?

    • Marybeth-thanks! I can’t guarantee, but you could give it a shot! I’m sure the flaxseeds would bind them very well and texture-wise would be fine, but the coconut flour does add a bit of “tropicalness” in terms of flavor. You could also try almond flour if you have on hand!

  12. Hi Beth,
    Your Tropical No Bake Snack Balls look delicious, I can’t wait to try them. Thank you so much for sharing this special recipe with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. Like anything else, homemade snacks are always better for you than anything you could buy at the store. Looks like a great recipe and good for you. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

  14. Teresa on March 10, 2013 at 11:14 am said:

    Fresh or dried apricots? Thanks for the recipe!

  15. They look delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  16. Thank you for linking up at Fluster’s Creative Muster. Hope to see you next week!

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  17. These look great. Lara Bars are awesome, but not exactly cheap. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Your welcome–the variations are endless, but the basic 2 ingredients are dates & nuts. One thing I’ve tried is just looking at the ingredient list of a flavored bar that looks good, then putting them all together in the food processor & whirling together!

  18. I love that these are no bake! SUPER easy! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Thanks for linking back to the Gluten Free Fridays post!

    Party starts tomorrow night (thursday) at 7:05 pm eastern time! Hope to see you there!

    Cindy from

  19. These sound really good. I love that they are no bake.
    I would love if you could stop by and share with this week’s Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen linky.

  20. Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday! These sound tasty. I bet my daughter would love them. Ill give them a shot!

  21. Jennifer Darling on March 20, 2013 at 6:53 pm said:

    Hi Beth, I’m late to the party, but I wanted to add my enthusiasm to this post. I’ve made a couple variations of these no-bake date nut balls and they were fabulous. I’ve even thrown a couple of them into other concoctions to add a sweet, nutty flavor. Can’t wait to try this particular recipe! Good job on your blog, I love it!

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