So this is not going to be a post about an amazing dish I’ve created and slaved over an oven for hours. This is as basic as balls. Apricot, coconut balls in fact. I’m a rubbish, crap cook but I try. If I find a simple recipe, with simple ingredients I’ll give it a whirl.
I’ve stolen this recipe from First Bites (Natalie presented easy food for kids at my local library). I’m on the look out for health dry snacks for Nell that aren’t rubbish packet stuff from the supermarkets. Think I’m on to a winner as she devoured it and asked (okay pointed) for more.
20 dried apricots
200g Almond meal
2 tbsps coconut oil
5 tbsps coconut water (I used normal water as didn’t have any in the fridge)
¼ cup desiccated coconut
Tbsp. Vanilla Essence (I used extract)
Put dry ingredients together in the food processor and blitz until coconut is fine. Add apricots and pulse or process in 10 second bursts for 60 seconds.
Take blade out of processor and add oil, vanilla and 2 tbsps of coconut water, adding more if you need. Mix with a spoon or hands until you are happy with the texture. The reason you don’t mix wet ingredients with blade is because it will cause the crumbly mixture to become overly tacky, not entirely pleasant. If you prefer it a bit more moist, add coconut water 1tbsp at a time until satisfied.
When you are ready to roll, take tsp size amount and roll into tiny balls for baby, because if yours shoves the whole thing in its mouth you want them to be able to breathe around the bite. Roll bigger sizes for older kids and adults. Once mixture is in a ball shape then roll in coconut and place into container. Continue until all mixture is used then store in the fridge for up to 7 days or 3months in the freezer.