Healthy Apricot Balls with coconut are nice chewy, sweet morsels filled with goodness! Made with only 4 ingredients, this is an apricot balls recipe without condensed milk.
Healthy Apricot Balls are a great snack for picnics, bridal showers, school lunches, or anytime you need a tasty, on-the-go snack. These ones don't have any refined sugar in them, so they're a healthful choice for kids and adults alike.
- Dried Apricots - Use unsulphured apricots if the bright orange ones bother your stomach.
- Unsweetened Coconut - Sweetened coconut would add refined sugar to the recipe, and there's no need for that. The honey and natural sweetness of the apricots are enough. It's not necessary to use coconut that is as coarsely shredded as mine. I just like the shaggy look that it gives the apricot balls.
- Coconut Milk - Use a nice heavy, full-fat coconut milk from a can.
- Raw Honey - Raw honey has some health benefits, so I like to stick with it, especially in a recipe that doesn't include cooking.
See recipe card for quantities.
Instructions for Coconut Apricot Balls
My food processor didn't want to chop up my apricots. They were too gummy for it, so I just chopped them by hand. It only takes 3 minutes!
Chop up the apricots as small as you can.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the coconut and chopped apricots.
Stir in the coconut milk with honey. It will mix through more evenly if you stir the honey into the coconut milk before adding it to the apricot-coconut mixture.
Use your hands to press the dough into round balls. Roll the balls in extra coconut and set them on a plate to cool in the refrigerator for an hour.
Hint: The cooling step really helps your Healthy Apricot Balls to firm up and be much easier to handle.
Dried fruit contains the same nutrients as the fresh fruit. Apricots have lots of vitamin A, which is good for the eyes.
If you have only sweetened coconut on hand and decide to use it, you might want to cut back a little on the amount of honey you use.
The most important tool for making this recipe is a nice, sharp chef's knife. That and a wooden cutting board will make quick work of cutting up the dried fruit.
Other than that, you just need a measuring cup or scales, a mixing bowl, and something to stir with.
Store apricot balls, covered, in the refrigerator for up to a week.
I see no reason why they wouldn't freeze well, although I haven't tested that.
The finer you can chop the apricots, the better they will be to form into balls. About the size of coffee beans is ideal.
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- 1 Chef's knife
- 2 cups dried apricots
- 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup thick, full-fat canned coconut milk stirred
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 cup additional unsweetened shredded coconut for rolling
- Chop up the apricots into small pieces.2 cups dried apricots
- Mix them with the first amount of shredded coconut. Stir in coconut milk and honey.2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut, ½ cup thick, full-fat canned coconut milk, 2 tablespoons raw honey
- Scoop the mixture, press it into small balls, and roll each one in the second amount of coconut. (They will be very soft at this point.)1 cup additional unsweetened shredded coconut
- As you shape the balls, set them onto a place or tray. Store them in the refrigerator for an hour to firm up before serving.