If you’re eternally hungry like me, I say, treat yourself to some guilt-free homemade apricot bliss balls. Your burgeoning waistline and dear wallet will thank you. Healthy-pants bliss balls are all the rage these days but they cost an arm and a leg when you buy ready-made ones from shops. $3.50 for a squishy little bite. No thank you.
For just about the same amount of money, you can make yourself over a dozen of these yummy little things. When the hunger pangs strike, just one or two apricot balls will hit the spot nicely for me. The healthy fats in the nuts and coconut oil will help sustain you for the hours to come.
APRICOT BLISS BALLS
Keeps for up to a week in an airtight container
Prep time: 15 minutes
Makes: 12-15 balls
300g dried apricots
1/3 cup crushed almonds or unsalted macadamias, even better if toasted
2 tbsp organic coconut oil
1-2 tsp coconut nectar, honey or agave (optional)
A few tablespoons of dessicated coconut
1. Blitz dried apricots in a food processor or blender and take care to not overheat your blender. I use Speed 1 to 5 on my Vitamix. Add crushed nuts, coconut oil and coconut nectar. Blend until just combined. (Alternatively, you can use your hands to mix the nuts, coconut oil and coconut nectar into the blended apricots in a bowl.) Scoop contents out into a bowl with a mini spatula. Mixture can be sticky so try not to slice your fingers with the blades!
2. Take a small amount of the mixture and roll into small balls between your palms.
3. In a separate bowl, dip and evenly coat each apricot ball with a good amount of dessicated coconut. If you have the time, you can also lightly toast your dessicated coconut prior to coating the balls. Toasted coconut is wonderfully nutty and aromatic.