Apricot Bliss Balls …

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After achieving success with my Chocolate Bliss Balls, I was keen to produce an apricot version to give my family a bit of variety.  I searched the internet but couldn’t find exactly the right recipe so I’ve created my own.  This version still uses a lot of the common ingredients I noticed in the other recipes but without the sweetened condensed milk that most other recipes called for.  My goal was to create an apricot ball that was gluten free and dairy free while still being quite healthy.  Once again, you will need a food processor for this recipe so, if you don’t already have one, do consider getting one.  I have only recently purchased mine and it has opened a whole new world for me.  Admittedly, it won’t be the cheapest kitchen appliance you will buy, but I think if you can source a load of recipes that will encourage you to use it, you will quickly see its value.  For anyone who is interested, I purchased the Kitchen Aid Food Processor and I absolutely love it.  I will write a review soon, so stay tuned.

These Apricot Balls are super quick to make.  Just remember to check your School’s Nut Policy before sending these in school lunchboxes but these are perfect for after school treats or great for a snack when the 3.00 o’clock munchies hit.  So tell me, do you need a snack mid-afternoon and if so, what do you eat?

Apricot Bliss Balls ...
 
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Ingredients ...
  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 ½ cup almond meal
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • desiccated coconut, extra for rolling
Method ...
  1. Measure all ingredients and place in food processor.
  2. Blend until well combined and all ingredients are sticking together rather firmly.
  3. Roll mixture into small balls then roll and coat in the extra desiccated coconut.
  4. Refrigerate when complete and this mixture should make approximately 20 balls depending on the size.

 

Clever Tricks, Tips & Hints:

I have used ordinary packaged apricots purchased from the supermarket but I have also made this recipe using organic apricots from the Health Food Shop.  Although slightly more expensive, I prefer the organic apricots as they don’t contain preservatives (usually preservative 220).

Don’t be afraid to use desiccated coconut if you don’t have shredded coconut in the cupboard.  In the past, I have used “Mackenzies” Shredded coconut and also “Black and Gold” Shredded Coconut and either brand produces the same results, so use whichever is in the cupboard or whichever brand your budget allows.  Once again though, I do prefer the Woolworths Macro Organic Shredded coconut as it contains no preservatives.

I normally freshly squeeze ½ an orange for the juice and then zest the skin.  Ordinary orange juice works perfectly well and if you don’t have any fresh oranges to zest, then this can be omitted from the recipe.  Enjoy!!

 

Comments

  1. Looks delicious! We make something similar, and leave out all the nasties too :)

  2. I don’t have a food processor, I have to agree, I think it will change my life! Love that you’ve made a healthy version, there’d be some people excited about this recipe. They look delicious :)

    • I haven’t had my food processor for long but I’m definitely making up for lost time! I try with most things I cook to create the healthiest version I can … it’s usually quite simple by substituting some ingredients or omitting/adding other ingredients. I used to be scared to experiment but not any more!

  3. miss6 would love these – how perfect for the lunchbox.

    • These are also great to serve as party food because of the beautiful sweet flavour … just remember to check their suitability for anyone with a nut allergy.

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