Do you remember those delicious apricot balls you would buy at the school canteen as a kid? From memory, they were one cent each and I would buy them at morning tea with the loose change floating around in my trendy velcro wallet. The memories!

I do remember them being quite sugary as they were very sweet and had a grainy texture. For the sake of nostalgia, and also because I’m trying to find little easy to make snacks to pack in Olivia’s lunchbox, I decided to recreate those apricot balls from my childhood. But I’ve left out the sugar because, well, sugar.

Apricot balls recipe

Makes 24

Ingredients

1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped into quarters
1 cup boiling water
1/4 cup coconut flakes
1/4 cup desiccated coconut

Method

Place the chopped up apricots in a heat proof bowl and cover with the boiling water. Leave for 2 minutes or until softened. Drain the apricots, reserving the water. Place the apricots, coconut flakes and desiccated coconut in the bowl of a food processor and blitz until combined. If the mixture is too dry, add a little of the apricot water. If it is too moist, add some more desiccated coconut.

To roll the apricot balls it is easiest if your hands are wet so the mixture doesn’t stick. Take a teaspoon at a time and roll into balls (I have made mine into little squares just for something different). You can also roll the balls in some extra desiccated coconut if you like.

These will store in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days. They are a perfect bite size snack for little fingers.

Do you have any old school snacks you loved as a kid?

apricot balls

 

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