If you are trying to eat a healthy balanced diet, then keeping healthy snacks in the house is important.
After all, you are only human and when the mid-morning munchie hit, it’s only too easy to give in to convenience and tuck into a bag of chips or a chocolate bar.
Well don’t worry because we’ve got your back.
This recipe for apricot balls is really easy to make and requires no baking.
Even better, they are only 80 calories per serving and are packed with nutrients and energy, keeping you feeling fit and healthy.
You can keep these tasty snacks in your refrigerator and eat them whenever you get hungry.
Keep reading to find out how to make these no-bake apricot balls.
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What Do You Need?
This is a very simple recipe – once you have weighed out the ingredients all you need to do is blitz them together.
For this, you will need a food processor or a blender. You could use a stick blender, but it will be more fiddly and you might not be able to get a very smooth consistency.
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You will need a tray or a large plate to place the apricot balls on in order to set them in the refrigerator.
You will also need an airtight container to store them and keep them fresh. Remember to make some room in the refrigerator before you start the recipe.
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Why Make Apricot Balls?
A lot of ‘health foods’ and nutritious snacks that you buy from the grocery store are quite expensive.
Making a batch of these apricot balls will work out cheaper than buying pre-packaged snacks.
When you make your own healthy snacks you know exactly what is going into them. This means that you can control the level of salt and sugar and ensure that you aren’t eating any preservatives. And you should be especially careful about preservative when it comes to anything including apricots.
These apricot balls can be enjoyed as a healthy breakfast giving you plenty of energy and nutrients to kick start your day.
You can also eat them throughout the day as a healthy and fulfilling snack.
When you feel hungry you want to eat something that tastes good, and these apricot balls don’t disappoint.
They have a lovely texture and a wholesome, fruity flavour with a hint of tropical coconut.
These apricot balls are great for people of any age. What’s more, they make fantastic lunchbox treat or an afternoon snack for children.
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Are Apricot Balls Good For You?
Apricot balls are very good for you when compared to many other sweet treats. Let’s take a look at the nutritional value of the ingredients of this apricot balls recipe.
- Dried Apricots – Dried apricots are high in Iron and Vitamin A. They are also a great source of Potassium and have lots of antioxidants. They provide soluble fibre, which improves digestion, keeps you fuller for longer, and helps to control your blood sugar.
- Raw Cashew Nuts – These nuts contain lots of micronutrients that your body needs, like Copper, Magnesium, Zinc, Phosphorus, Manganese, Thiamine and Selenium. They are high in protein and fibre, but low in sugar.
- Medjool Dates – Medjool dates are a good source of Potassium and contain high levels of Vitamin B which that is important for your metabolism.
- Shredded Coconut – Normal shredded coconut is high in sugar, which is why this recipe uses the unsweetened version. This provides you with a source of fibre, but you should only eat small amounts as it is high in fat.
- Chia Seeds – Chia seeds are considered a superfood as they are packed with antioxidants and micronutrients. They are also a great source of fibre. They contain healthy Omega 3 fats which are important for your body.
These ingredients come together to form a high energy, nutrient dense snack.
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How Long Do Apricot Balls Last?
One of the great things about this apricot balls recipe is that you can make a big batch so you always have a healthy snack close to hand.
They will last for 5 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or up to 3 months in the freezer. Make sure you defrost them before eating.
How Can You Customise This Recipe?
There are a few ways that I could customise this recipe.
- Apricots – You could experiment with different types of dried fruit to create these energy balls, but you may need to add more water.
- Berries – Adding dried berries like cranberries could be a great way to adapt these energy balls and add some colour.
- Nuts and Seeds – If you want to add more of a crunchy texture to your apricot balls, you could try adding some chopped nuts to the mixture, or rolling the balls in mixed seeds to give them a crunchy coating.
Remember that any changes you make to the apricot balls recipe will change the amount of calories per serving.
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