Prep Time: 10 minutes
My kids and husband are constantly snacking - can you relate? I want to make sure they are all eating plenty of healthy foods though - no fried snacks, or sugar-laden sweets. Instead, I like to make simple sweets like these apricot coconut balls. Naturally sweetened by the dried apricots, and full of good fat from the shredded coconut, these balls are energising and satiating. Plus, they only use two ingredients, and take about ten minutes to make!
Make sure you use unsulphured dried apricots - sulphur is often used as a preservative in dried apricots to retain their bright orange colour, so unsulphured apricots will be a dark orange-brown colour. Sulfites can pose a huge health risk if you are sensitive to them, such as difficulty breathing. Although no one in my family is sensitive to sulfites, I still feel it is better for their health to avoid preservatives.
Shredded coconut is another product is often contains sulphur preservatives, so check the ingredients while shopping to ensure you are buying unsulphured coconut. I also opt to buy unsweetened coconut shreds to avoid unnecessary sugar, and this recipe has enough sweetness from the dried apricot!
- 1 cup unsulphured dried apricots
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, plus optional extra for rolling
- In a high-speed blender, blend both ingredients on a low-medium speed until they come together into a dough. This should take 1-2 minutes. Use the tamper if you need to.
- Form tablespoon-sized balls.
- Optional: roll the balls in more shredded coconut.
- If the oil separated while blending, chill the balls before serving for the oil to firm up.
- Makes about 12 balls.
Note: no high-speed blender? You could make these in a food processor instead - try blending the coconut shreds first until fine, and then add the apricots. Chopping the apricots into small pieces may also help.