Recipe – Apricot and Coconut Balls

So if you’re like me you try to give your children healthy snack options but they are rather expensive at the supermarket, and I don’t like giving my kids biscuits and other sweet snacks everyday.  At this time of year fruit becomes more expensive, less widely available and a little boring.  All the delicious summer fruits are gone and although apples are plentiful, they are just a little too hard for my toddlers to chew.  So I decided to go about trying to create my own little balls.  My first attempt was a complete and utter failure!  Note to everyone, this recipe does not work with puree!!!

Ingredients

* 200g bag dried apricots

* 1/2 cup desiccated coconut

* 1/2 cup almond meal

* 3 tablespoons wheat germ

* 2 tablespoons boiling water

* OPTIONAL – 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

* An extra 1/4 cup desiccated coconut

Directions

* Blend apricots in a food processor until they are finely chopped.

* Pour in the boiling water and leave to soak for a few minutes.  Add in orange juice if you are using it.

* Add 1/2 cup of the coconut, the almond meal and the wheat germ and blend until it begins to form together.

* Using your hands, roll the mixture into small balls.

* Roll the balls in your extra coconut.

* Store in an airtight container for up to a month.

apricot

Notes –

* I have also used this recipe with dried peaches.

* There is no substitute for dried fruit pieces that I have been able to find so stick with those.

* The orange juice just makes the balls a bit more flavourful, I have also used orange flavour (don’t use essence as it is made of alcohol!!) or completely left it out in the past and just added in some extra boiling water.

* These are a great snack for adults too!

* For a gluten free version just leave out the wheat germ – you could also replace this with chia seeds or rice bran.

Check out the apple version of these here, its a little different.

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