Apricot Balls

As a kid I could devour a whole packet of these. No wonder there were weight issues. My kids also adore them but several years ago I looked at the ingredients and added them to the list of foods thought of as a healthy snack but in reality offered maximum fat and sugar in as small an item as possible.

Fast forward to a few months back and I saw a homemade recipe for them over at Inner Pickle. Of course, my ‘I have to make that right now’ took a few weeks but what a rollicking success. ¬†They come together in a snap, they are tasty, nutritious and not too sweet. Talk about a winner.

The recipe makes about 26-28 balls. Next time going to just double recipe so they last a few days longer than an afternoon (in this house anyway).

Apricot and Peach balls

From Inner Pickle

(who got it from the book ¬†Feeding Fussy Kids, Julie Maree Wood where they’re called Iron Booster Balls)

  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup dried peaches
  • 2 tbsp boiling water
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tbsp wheatgerm
  • 1/4 cup skim milk powder
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut – extra
  1. Pulse the dried fruits in a processor until finely chopped
  2. Add boiling water and soak for 10 minutes
  3. Add the almond meal, coconut, wheatgerm, milk powder and orange juice
  4. Blend until a firm dough forms
  5. Add extra water if needed
  6. Roll into balls and toss in the extra coconut and then store in the fridge.