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Apple Pie Energy Balls…Comfort Food Meets Healthy!

apple pie energy bals on plate with sliced apples

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How does an indulgent, easy-to-eat, little breakfast ball sound?  All the wholesome comfort of apple pie, rolled into a nutrient-dense energy ball.  So, healthy apple pie? Yes, please!

There’s just something so yummy and wholesome about apple pie, isn’t there?  I can eat apple pie all year ‘round, but during fall months, I’m pretty sure it’s the best treat out there!  You can keep your pumpkin-spice-whatever, give me all of the sweet apples and warm cinnamon!

But as much as I love a straight-from-the-oven apple pie topped with some vanilla ice cream, I know it’s not a healthy option…until now!  Enter these Apple Pie Energy Balls!

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Why Moms Will Love Apple Pie Energy Balls

These Apple Pie Energy Balls check all of the boxes moms are looking for!  They’ve got nutrient-dense ingredients like chia and flax.  They’ve also got a serving of fruit with the apples.  And protein is covered with the almond butter and protein powder.  With good fats from the coconut oil and almond butter, they’ll keep your kids full much longer than any carb-heavy cereal or sugar-filled poptart ever could.

Apple Pie Energy Balls make a great self-serve breakfast for busy mornings, and they also make an easy-to-pack snack for eating in the car on the way to your next practice.  My never-full preteen will sometimes even eat 2-3 energy balls for dessert AFTER his meal if he’s still hungry (that kid is a bottomless pit, I tell ya!)

Why Kids Will Love Apple Pie Energy Balls

Most kids love all things apples.  Applesauce. Apple juice.  So, they will go for the sweet apple taste.  My kids also love any snack food they can grab quickly from the fridge and head out the door.  Both of my boys tend to grab at least 2-3 at a time!  My kids also appreciate that they are allowed to grab Apple Pie Energy Balls anytime they want.  With some other snacks, I’m trying to limit their sugar intake or monitor their empty carbs.  But with Apple Pie Energy Balls, they are getting so many good nutrients with every bite, I say…eat up!

How to Make Apple Pie Energy Balls

apple peeler/corer/slicer attached to sink and slicing an apple

A Kitchen Aid Mixer makes easy work out of this recipe.  If you don’t have one, you simply MUST put one on your wishlist!  My mom gave me my mixer for Christmas several years ago, and I tell her all of the time what a useful gift it’s been.  I use it almost EVERY single day, often multiple times in one day!

I also love to use my apple/peeler/corer/slicer and my food processor to make quick work of prepping the apples.

One more note…The recipe below is for a single batch of Apple Pie Energy Balls, but I don’t think I’ve ever made a single batch.  I almost always double or triple the recipe because my kids DEVOUR them. 

apples in food processor


  • 6 cups oats, organic
  • 2 organic apples, peeled and chopped (I use a food processor)
  • 1 1/2 cups almond butter, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, organic and unrefined
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds, organic
  • 2 tbsp flax seed
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp Stevia, organic
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, organic


  • Mix all ingredients well.
  • Roll into balls that are about golf-ball size.
  • As you are rolling, you may need to add more oats if it’s too sticky, or more almond butter if it’s too crumbly.
  • Store in fridge for about a week.

Makes about 24 energy balls.

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