No, this is not turning into a health food blog, I just really love these apricot bliss balls. They’re quick and easy to make, totally delicious and just happen to be healthy too.
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Why you’ll love them
The perfect portable snack, apricot bliss balls are a brilliant option for lunchboxes or when you’re travelling but they’re also just what you need when you need a healthy workday snack.
- No bake
- Only 7 ingredients
- Loads of options to customise
- Totally gluten free, can be dairy free and even vegan
- Keep well in fridge or can be frozen too
They’re also great for gifts and the kids love them too. The kids will love helping to make them too.
What are bliss balls?
Bliss balls are a small balls of dried fruit, nuts and seeds that are blended and rolled to be eaten as snacks. There’s loads of different ways to customise them and they’re very tasty.
Ingredients and substitutions
Filled with coconut, almond flour, sesame seeds and dried apricots, these cute little healthy apricot balls are loaded with flavour but so simple to make.
Detailed quantities and directions in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Dried apricots: A great pantry staple, dried apricots make up a large part of the recipe and give these bliss balls their apricot flavour. You can actually swap them for dates if you prefer.
- Coconut: Use the unsweetened fine desiccated coconut for these.
- Almond meal: The almond meal (or almond flour) is very finely ground almonds and gives these bliss balls a little nutty flavour and protein too.
- Milk: I use hilo milk in these since that’s what I have on hand but you can use whole milk, soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, water, orange juice – the list goes on and on.
- Honey: I use honey to sweeten them but you could use rice malt syrup, maple syrup or agave syrup too.
- Sesame seeds: These add a little nuttiness. You can leave them out or swap them for other seeds too.
- Coconut Butter: This is like the peanut butter of the coconut world and it’s incredibly delicious. It’s coconut in spreadable form. You can swap this out for coconut oil, almond butter or cashew butter too.
Equipment you’ll need
All you need to make these is a food processor. So simple.
How to make bliss balls
Bliss balls are a raw snack meaning no baking or cooking required and they’re incredibly simple.
- Make the mixture: Add everything but the milk to a food processor (photo 1) and blitz until very fine (photo 2). Slowly dribble in the milk as the processor is running (photo 3) until it starts clumping a little.
- Roll: Now roll the mixture into small balls and, if you like, coat them in some more coconut. You could even coat them in white chocolate, though they won’t be so healthy.
You can eat them straight away or chill until firmer.
Tips and tricks
- Make sure your apricots are soft and not too tough. If they aren’t soft you can soak them in boiling water before using them to soften them up or add a little extra milk when processing.
- Your hands may get sticky when rolling them but if you just keep your hands a little damp, it will make the process much easier.
- If the mixture is too wet, add a little more coconut or almond meal to dry it out.
- If the mixture is too dry, add a little more milk.
Storing apricot bliss balls
- Fridge: Once made, store them in an airtight container for up to a week, in the fridge.
- Freezer: These raw bliss balls can be frozen for up to 3 months. Store them in a ziplock bag or airtight container in the freezer.
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Apricot Bliss Balls
- 1 cup dried apricots
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- ½ cup almond meal
- ¼ cup coconut butter see notes for alternatives
- 2 tablespoons honey see notes for alternatives
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds see notes for alternatives
- 1-2 tablespoons milk of choice see notes for alternatives
- extra coconut for rolling optional
- Blitz the first 6 ingredients in a food processor until very fine.
- With the processor on low, slowly dribble in the milk.
- Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls & coat in extra coconut if you like.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 weeks & can be frozen as well.
- Coconut butter: Coconut oil can be used in it’s place. Almond butter or cashew butter are also lovely.
- Sesame seeds: Other seeds like sunflower or pepitas work too. Honey: You can sub with maple syrup, agave or rice malt syrup.
- Milk: Use any you like – dairy or non-dairy or you can even use water or orange juice.
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