These Apricot Bliss Balls can be made in 30 minutes, are free from refined sugar, contain just 8 ingredients, are super easy to make and are bursting with tangy apricot flavour, nutty cashews and coconut. Perfect for lunchboxes, mid morning snacks, after dinner munchies and post workout nibbles, these bliss balls are the perfect portable snack.
Why I Made This Recipe
- They're sweet and tangy with only 8 ingredients
- They're naturally sweetened from the apricots and orange juice
- They are take anywhere snacks, great for taking to work or out and about on the weekends.
- They're healthier than sore bought bliss balls and other pre packaged snacks
- They're low carb and each one is under 100 calories
- They freeze well.
The biggest thing though is that they are really filling, not like a packet of cookies where you have to eat half the packet just to feel satisfied. One apricot Bliss Ball will do the trick to put the hangries back in the box, and you’ll know you’ve been kind to your body by not stuffing it with awful sugars and empty calories.
Health Benefits of Apricots
- They have lots of vitamin A which is good for your eye health
- They are rich in fibre which means they keep you fuller for longer
- They are good for heart health. Because of the high fibre content, they help to reduce bad cholesterol in the body
- Apricots are a rich source of anti-oxidents which helps to clean out the toxins from our body
- Apricots contain iron, which is good for your blood. Good iron levels help to prevent anemia
- Apricots contain vitamin C which is good for your skin, helping you to keep your healthy glow
- The fibre in fruit helps your body’s digestive system which in turn helps your metabolism
TIP: Fresh apricots contain natural sugars as do dried apricots, however the natural sugars in dried apricots is much more concentrated.
Other Bliss Ball Recipes you might like:
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- Chocolate Coconut Date Balls
- Mango Protein Balls
- Choc Mint Bliss Balls
- Lemon Cheesecake Bliss Balls
- Almond Butter Bliss Balls
- Nut Free Bliss Balls
- Cocao Bliss Balls
Salted or Unsalted Cashew Nuts?
Definitely unsalted cashews nuts are needed for this recipe. I would avoid using salted cashews as they won;t have the right level of sweetness.
When purchasing unsalted cashew, both the raw and lightly toasted varieties will work.
Tips for Making Apricot Bliss Balls
- Use the best quality apricots you can, it really does make a big difference. I’ve tried using different types of apricots, ie: cheap ones, but they are never as good as the ones where I have paid a bit extra for the quality dried apricots which have a deeper richer flavour.
- Buy chopped apricots if you can. Not an essential, but it just makes it a bot easier on your food processor/blender if the apricots are chopped
- Use freshly squeezed orange juice, not juice from a bottle as that usually has additional added sugars.
- Definitely chill the coconut cream before using it. I leave mine in the fridge overnight so that the cream is firm on top (don’t shake the can when you remove it from the fridge as this will mix the coconut water with the cream which we don’t want)
- Use Full Fat Coconut Cream instead of the light versions. The full fat coconut cream adds to the richness and flavour.
- Buy Unsalted Cashews otherwise you’ll end up with a bliss ball that is not sweet enough.
These Apricot Bliss Balls take less than half an hour to put together and provide so much goodness wrapped up in one little bite sized ball. They are fruity, nutty, creamy, sweet and nutritious. The only question is, who wouldn’t want a batch of these hiding in the back of the fridge.
Apricot Bliss Balls
- 1 cup dried Apricots - chopped
- 1 cup desiccated/shredded coconut
- ½ cup raw - unsalted cashews
- Zest of one orange - finely grated
- 4 tablespoons Cashew Nut Butter
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 3- 5 teaspoons chilled coconut cream
- Extra desiccated coconut for rolling
- Prep: Store the can of coconut cream in the fridge overnight so that the cream sits on top. When you remove it from the fridge, do not shake it as you will want to scrape the cream from the top quarter of the can.
- In a food processor or high speed blender, add the chopped apricots, desiccated coconut and cashews.
- Add the cashew nut butter, orange rind and fresh orange juice.
- Blitz to combine.
- Add 3 teaspoons of the chilled coconut cream and blitz again. Taste and check the consistency. If you want a bit more sweetness, add the optional granulated sweetener, or raw honey. Blitz again.
- If mixture is still too dry add the other 2 teaspoons of coconut cream. (Note: mixture should be moist, but not dripping and should resemble a fine crumb.)
- Roll mixture into 18 ball, slightly smaller than the size of a golf ball and roll in additional desiccated coconut.
- Store in the fridge in an air tight container for 3 to 4 hours before eating. Balls will keep in the fridge in the air tight container for upto 5 days.
- Extra sweetness : 1 teaspoon Granulated stevia/sweetener that measures like sugar, or alternatively 1 teaspoon of raw honey
Note: Sugars contained in this recipe are from naturally occurring sugars in fruits, vegetables or other natural sweeteners.