These healthy dried fruit snack balls made with coconut, apricot and sultanas make a delicious bite-sized snack. Free from refined sugar, these energy balls are perfect for grazing on when hunger strikes and also make a tasty children's treat.
Swapping Unhealthy for Healthier Snacks!
The Christmas chocolates and crisps have now finally all been eaten but I've got used to eating lots of snacks and it's hard to give up the habit. Instead, I've decided to try and swap the unhealthy snacks for some healthier options like these coconut, apricot and sultana snack balls, sometimes called energy balls.
I'd seen snack balls online before but never attempted any. My family do tend to like the less healthy options when it comes to snacks! However, new year, new healthier me. That's the plan anyway. I was also hoping to make something my two children could enjoy as a snack and as these snack balls are full of dried fruit they make a great healthy snack for kids. You can shape them into small bars instead of balls if you want too.
Coconut oil is great for snack balls
This was also one of my first experiments using coconut oil, which is thought of as being one of the healthiest multi-purpose cooking oils. Although it's 'oil' it is actually solid at room temperature. That means it's perfect for making this type of snack as it holds all the ingredients together as it sets. It tastes of coconut too so it's great in recipes where you want the oil to add flavour, not just be something to cook your food in.
So, if you like coconut and you like dried fruit then you will definitely like these. They are one of the easiest snacks to make as there is no cooking involved. In fact, as long as you have a food processor, you can make them in minutes. I used sultanas and apricots as I had a lot leftover from making my Christmas cake but you could use any dried fruit. The coconut oil, as well as the desiccated coconut gives the balls a lovely coconut flavour without them being oily.
I used 100% virgin organic coconut oil, Coconpure Oil from MyProtein.com.
Apricot Coconut Snack Balls
- 100 g sultanas or raisins
- 75 g dried apricots
- 25 g dessicated coconut
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Put the sultanas, apricots and coconut in a food processor. Blend until it is quite broken down and sticky. Put in a mixing bowl.
- Melt the coconut oil in a microwave and pour over the dried fruit and coconut mixture. Stir well.
- Roll small amounts of the mixture between your hands to form balls then put them in the fridge to set a little.
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Disclosure: I was sent a free sample of the Coconpure Oil but the recipe and views are my own.