All too often, store-bought bliss balls or apricot bites are full of preservatives and refined sugar. Not my healthy version however. They're quick to make and store great in the fridge or freezer. If you love these, check out my other lunchbox recipes in my 'A Healthy Lunchbox' eBook .
1 cup (15 large) sulphur-free dried apricots
¾ cup oats
¼ cup shredded or desiccated coconut, plus extra for rolling
1 tbsp coconut oil
Soak the apricots in hot water for 30 minutes to soften. Drain excess water and then combine with all other ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture comes together. This will take a few minutes.
Sprinkle a little extra coconut on a plate. With wet hands, shape the apricot mixture into small balls and then roll in the coconut.
Pop them in the fridge for ½ an hour to firm up but if you can't wait (like me) then enjoy.
They store great in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 weeks or in the freezer for a few months.
I really recommend you source sulphur-free dried fruit, especially apricots. In ingredient lists, the sulphur preservative will be listed as E220 or 220. Sulphur-free apricots won't be the typical bright orange you're used to - they'll be dark brown in colour and also a lot firmer. Why? The sulphur changes their natural colouring. In terms of your health, avoid sulphur whenever you can - its use has been linked to asthma, irritability, mood swings and many behavioural problems.