Do you get to around 2.30 – 3.00 and start feeling flat, lethargic and ready for a snack? I do! It is my danger time every day where I am more likely to reach for the fastest thing that will give me a lift (which will probably be something sweet!) and no matter how hectic I have been all day, I start to feel really sleepy as if my tank is almost running on empty (which it probably is!).
I have decided I am going to try to have a healthy snack in the fridge/pantry that I can reach for guilt free to get me out of my slump time every day and give me a lift and I would love to hear your favourite “Ball Recipes” too! Please like this page and add comments so I can share your ideas with everyone too!
These nutritious, little balls are such a great snack after school or in between meals, to give you energy and goodness and so easy too!
Apricot, Coconut and Chia Balls.
500g dried apricots
1/4 cup (60ml) hot water
1/4 cup (20g) desiccated or shredded coconut
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup (60 ml) honey
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/4 cup (35g) sesame seeds
1 cup (160g) pepitas
1/4 cup (35g) chia seeds
1 cup (90g) rolled oats
Line a large tray with non-stick baking paper. Place half the apricots in a heatproof bowl and cover with the hot water to soak for 15 minutes.
Drain the water from the apricots and place them in to a food processor with the coconut, peanut butter, honey and cocoa powder. Pulse to process the mixture in to a thick paste.
Finely cut the remaining apricots (or chop them finely in the food processor which is much faster!) and place in a bowl with sesame seeds, pepitas, chia seeds, oats and apricot paste and mix well to combine.
With lightly wet hands to reduce sticking to your hands, roll heaped tablespoon amounts of mixture into balls and place on to your prepared tray.
Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month or they can be frozen too!
Click on the link below for a free printable recipe for Apricot, coconut, chia balls:
For those needing a Nut free alternative to Peanut Butter for allergies or to adhere to school or kindergarten policies, you can make your own substitute!
Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds): Grind up the pumpkin seeds, transfer them to a food processor, then add olive oil, honey, and salt.
Sesame (Tahini): Toast the seeds then put them in the food processor; add vanilla extract, salt, and sugar or you can buy tahini from the supermarket ready to go.
Sunflower: Toast the seeds and then blend them in a food processor.