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These wild orange energy balls pack a great for eating on the go or when you need a quick snack before exercising class.  I featured at the Maple Grove Fall Workshop in October 2019 and they were a hit.

This recipe is super simple and only takes a few minutes to whip up.  With two young kids (and a third on its way) that’s all the time I really have.

Note:  This recipe was inspired by the one found at but I changed it slighted based on what ingredients I had in my kitchen.  I also tend to “eyeball” my measurements, rather than following them exactly.  Kinda a bad habit of mine.

1 cup finely shredded coconut, divided
1 cup almond butter – I used Kirkland natural Almond Butter
1 cup dried cranberries – look for ones sweetened with apple juice over sugar if possible
½ cup real maple syrup – recipe originally called for honey
½ teaspoon salt – I used himalayan pink salt.
2 tablespoons hemp seeds – recipe originally called for chia seeds
3-5 drops wild orange essential by Doterra.  Please don’t use another brand as it most essential oils brands aren’t for internal use (food grade).


  1. Place all ingredients into mixer, reserving just a half cup of the shredded coconut in a bowl to the side.  I used my Vitamix to make these so they broke down the cranberries into smaller pieces.
  2. Add wild orange essential oil.
  3. Mix until well combined.
  4. Roll into little round balls and coat them in the other half cup of shredded coconut.
  5. Place them in a glass container and store in the refrigerator so they can “firm up”.

I forgot to take a picture of them before they were eaten so I don’t have one to include in this post!