Quick and Easy Apricot Bliss Balls

Quick and Easy Apricot Bliss Balls


Quick and Easy Apricot Bliss Balls

  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 2 cups desiccated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

 

You will find the full recipe in our Back to School Issue along with many other quick and easy lunch box favourites! You can get your hands on it here!

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  • Brodie

    Hi – sounds great – just was wondering though…do you think it could work blending a few dried fruits together? like apricots and dates etc?? Just wondering to use up other dried fruit in the cupboard….??? 🙂 Otherwise am totally going to try yours!!

    • bianca

      Hi Brodie, I think that sounds delicious, be sure to let me know what you mix and if you like it. Many thanks, Bianca

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  • Sarina

    How long do these keep for? Fridge/freezer/pantry? I’ll be making some today for lunch boxes.

    • bianca

      Hi Sarina, these keep really well. I keep ours in the fridge, they are eaten well before I need to worry about a thing. As they are made from two dried products with long shelf lives I would be happy to keep ours in the fridge for a couple of weeks. They have never lasted more then a few days. You can keep them in the freezer for several months. I hope that helps. I would love to hear how you go. Many thanks, Bianca

    • Nicola

      Hi Sarina,
      If you have any worries about how long to keep them in fridge/freezer I may be able to be of assistance with some Tupperware products?? 🙂

  • Katrina

    Hi, I’ve just discovered your website and am slowly working my way through all your recipes, they’ve gone down a treat with my little girls and family so far! Just made this recipe and added 1/3 cup creamed coconut, plus a small banana and it worked really well. Keep up the great work with th recipes!

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Katrina, I am delighted that you are enjoying the website! Your take on apricot bites sounds great. I hope yo get to try out some more of our recipes. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Natalie

    These sounds great, love that they only have the two ingredients – will try them out with my children this week, thanks 🙂

    • bianca

      Fabulous Natalie, thank you! I look forward to hearing what you and your family think. We love them. I am all for simplicity so few ingredients appeals to me as well. Enjoy! Bianca

  • Omg so trying this just brought a bag for the kids today!!!

    • bianca

      Hi Kristy, let me know what you think, my kids love them. Bianca

  • Leigh

    Sweetened or unsweetened dessicated coconut?

    • bianca

      Hi Leigh, I use unsweetened desiccated coconut. I am unsure if sweetened desiccated coconut is even available in Australia, I have not heard of it before, thank you, I like learning about such things. I hope this helps. Bianca

  • Jane

    Hey, where do you get your dried apricots from ? I can’t seem to buy them without some sort of preservatives added……..even at organic / health food stores. Help ?

    • bianca

      Hi Jane, I buy mine from a near by organic food co-op. Perhaps try looking online? Let me know how you go. Many thanks, Bianca

    • bianca

      HI Jane, I get mine from a near by organic food co-op. Perhaps try looking online? Let me know how you go. Many thanks, Bianca

    • You can get organic dried apricots for woolworths now – the macro brand.

      • bianca

        Thank you so much Leah, I did not know this!! It is very helpful and I appreciate you taking the time to write in and let everyone know. Have a great day, Bianca

        • Jude

          You can also get them at Wray organics if you have one nearby.

  • Sally

    Awesome, I am going to be a popular Mum tomorrow! (hehe) I had some leftover milled flaxseed in the blender from a previous recipe so I just added the apricots and coconut in, worked a treat – thanks!!

    • bianca

      Great, thank you Sally, I hope they were well received. Bianca

  • Rachael

    Hello. I made this last night and they were so easy. Mine turned out slightly dry though, what would you suggest trying/adding to make them a little more moist?
    Thank you.
    P.S. I discovered your website a few days ago and have sent my husband out to do the groceries with lots of your ingredients on the list. Can’t wait to try them all out because myself and my son both have a sweet tooth so healthy alternatives will be great.

    • bianca

      Hi Rachael, I look forward to hearing how you go with the recipes, I am glad you like the look of them. What are you using to make the apricot bites? The first thing I would suggest is increasing the blending time. If this is not enough to remedy the problem then I would a tablespoon or two of either coconut milk or coconut oil. I hope this helps, let me know how you go. Bianca

  • These look like something my boys would LOVE! Looks like I will be blending this weekend :o)

    • bianca

      Fabulous!! I hope you like them, be sure to let me know. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Paola

    It’s nice to see that you reply to your visitors comments <3

    • bianca

      Hi Paola, I do try to, I suspect i may accidentally miss some but I really do appreciate you guys taking the time to write and to give your feedback, in return I do my best to respond. I wish you well. Bianca

  • Jodie

    Another great easy and yummy recipe, kids didn’t like it but thats ok more for mummy.

  • Kathy

    I made these today and was really impressed with my new blender! I rolled into balls as I don’t have a loaf tin, they look and taste great! I am new to your page and eating clean and love your recipes, thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    • bianca

      Thank you Kathy, I really appreciate your feedback and I am rapt that you are enjoying our site. Enjoy your apricot bites. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Sherrie Stride

    These look great. Iv just made some and they are in the fridge setting. I added in some LSA too and they taste great. Love your work and im looking forward to trying out more of your creations.

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Sherrie, I hope you enjoy them, Bianca

  • justina

    hi.. I love ur recipes… however my family does not really like the taste of dessicated coconut. is there any other ingredients to replace the coconut? thanks would love to hear from u soon 🙂

    • bianca

      Hi Justina, you could replace it with nuts and / or seeds, it will be completely different but still lovely. Has your family tried the slice? I personally am funny with coconut, I like it in some things and not in others. The Jersey Caramels have been very popular, perhaps give that a shot? Or maybe one of the fudges or cookies. I hope that helps. Many thanks, Bianca

      • justina

        hi bianca, yup I have done both apricot bites n jersey caramels in coconut but my family does not like it… they enjoy the chewy choc cookies n brownie though… isit possible to substitute the coconut in the jersey caramel recipe for any nuts?

  • Sarah

    Fantastic recipe Bianca! I found it last night and just ‘had’ to make it today. My three yo looked quite dubious when i passed him a slice then his face lit up like ‘Wow’ after the first mouthful. The first slice was quickly followed by a second and he requested a third before he’d even finished the second….needless to say it was a winner!
    Have only just found your site and love it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Sarah!!! I really appreciate your message, it is lovely of you to take the time to write. I am glad your 3yo has enjoyed the apricot bites, be sure to let me know how you go with any others that you try. I am glad you found us! Many thanks, Bianca

  • Liz

    I was just wondering if you think these would work with Macadamias instead of coconut, like the caramel recipe you have?

    • bianca

      Oh I think that would be delicious Liz, be sure to let me know how they turn out! Bianca

  • Kate Koger

    This recipe is similar to something I loved back home in Australia as a kid in primary school – it was called Apricot Delight! Same ingredients and boy aren’t I happy for this little trip down memory lane! Mmmmmmmmm

    • bianca

      Thank you. I hope a few of our recipes take you done memory lane Kate. Be sure to check out the coconut ice, jersey caramels and coconut rough, they make me feel like a kid again! Enjoy, Bianca

  • Dannielle

    I tried this today and mine was way too dry. Ended up adding HEAPS more dried apricots to make it less dry. It was still quite dry when I put it in the fridge. I hope it works. Next time I think I will put all the apricots in and add coconut slowly until it reaches the desired consistency.

    • bianca

      That sounds like a good plan Danielle, I am sorry they did not work out. I hope they still tasted ok? They do require a lot of blending time to come together. Let me know how you go next time. Many thanks, Bianca

      • Dannielle

        The fridge helped it to really set. I am thinking my apricots might not have been as plump and juicy. I will try with a different brand next time. They tasted amazing though.

        • bianca

          I am glad you like the taste of them, perhaps try blending a little longer???

  • Kama

    This is great, all oily and delicious from the coconut. This recipe worked a treat in the Thermy with no effort at all, thanks so much for sharing your recipe.

    • bianca

      Thank you Kama, I am glad you enjoyed it. I really appreciate you taking the time to write. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Michelle Leeming

    we love these – thank you! quick question – i have made these with food processor but now have a vitamix. i kept overloading the machine – could you tell me how you blend it in a high speed blender? i’m new to the high speed blender world. do just pulse and pulse and pulse? any tips are appreciated!

    • bianca

      Hi Michelle, I do not have a vitamix but yes, the pulsing scraping onto blades and pulsing again sounds ok, or simply blend for 20 seconds a high speed, scrape the mixture back onto blades and repeat. I am sorry if that is not much help. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Carol

    I tried the jersey caramels and blended for a long time in a sunbeam multi blender pro 950W 6 way blade system. The appliance instructions are not to exceed 2 minutes so I just kept blending i half minute bursts. Very dry result that is mainly coconut flavour yet the dates were ground down. Obviously the thermomix is far more efficient at this job. There is no way they wont get eaten in this house lol, but would like to be able to master these into the creamier outcome rather than dry Coconut outcome. How long will they keep using coconut oil or milk Bianca please?

    • bianca

      Hi Carol, one reader has written in saying that she grinds the coconut in her coffee grinder and then makes them. I think this is a fabulous tip! I hope it helps you. Bianca

      • Carol

        Thanks Bianca, just need to fight hubby for the use of the coffee grinder hahahaha. It is sole use and a small nuber of beans live in it!!! Worth a try though;-)

  • Lauren

    Just made these – DELICIOUS!! I made them with organic dried apricots and organic desiccated coconut, then added some coconut cream and a little water (didn’t have coconut milk) and some organic dried cranberries because a friend did the same and said they were great. She was right – so yummy!!

    • bianca

      Thank you Lauren, I am glad you enjoyed them. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Sarah

    Yum! Have just finished making these (and had to stop myself eating half the mixture before it even reached the tin. Yesterday I made the choc biscuits, and chookies biscuits (sorry may be calling them not quite the right name) , and today the caramel slice. Love your recipes, they are so simple and delicious. I sometimes get overwhelmed with cooking with a toddler in toe, but your recipes are so stress free and do-able even with an attached boy at the leg 🙂 Thanks so much! My son points to the freezer and says “more” after a piece of your caramel slice…

    • bianca

      Hi Sarah, thank you so much for taking the time to write!! It sounds like you have done a fabulous job whipping up the recipes!! Your little boy sounds just like mine! How old is he? I hope you both enjoy al that you have been busy creating!! Thanks again, Bianca

      • Sarah

        He’s nearly 22 months, and loves being involved in everything 🙂

  • I just made these, they are delicious. I added flax seeds and used coconut flakes. Next time I will make a double batch 🙂

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Nerida, I am glad you enjoyed them. It is lovely of you to write. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Charlotte

    These are delicious and so easy! The best part is the look of surprise on everyone’s faces when they hear the ingredients! Thankyou 🙂

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Charlotte, I am glad you like them. Bianca

  • Belle

    Hi!!
    Love, love, love your recipes!! Im slowly working my way through them all!!
    Ive made these a couple of times now & my kids didnt like the coconut, so I reduced the coconut to 1 &1/4 cups instead of 2 cups and they are perfect for our family!
    They turned out a bit more chewy & less cocnut-y 🙂
    Thought I would share
    xx

  • Anita

    Hi, just tried these in my Omniblend V. This is a really powerful blender but it struggled getting it to combine. I ended up scrapping it out and trying my other little bar stick blender. Not sure what I did wrong? Perhaps pre-soaking the apricots might work best. I rolled them up into balls and then rolled then in cocoa and coconut. Waiting for verdict from kids this afternoon.

    • bianca

      Hi Anita, these do take a lot of blending time. A few people have written in telling me that they put the coconut through a coffee grinder first. I have not used an omniblend so I am not a lot of help sorry. Bianca

    • Sarah

      I’ve got a optimum which I think is the same company. Mine worked great, it does take a bit of time though 🙂 they are delicious and well worth waiting for. I was eating it out of the blender lol

  • Brenda Hickson

    I have just liked your page and very interested in healthy recipes

    • bianca

      Thank you Brenda, I hope you enjoy it here. Bianca

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  • Alissa

    I have no idea why it took me so long to get around to making this! It’s SOOO delicious. (I grew up eating apricot delights.)

    I’ve just immediately made it a second time and converted the recipe for thermomix so thought I’d share.

    250g apricots
    160g coconut

    Blend together sp 9 until well combined, approx 50 seconds.

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Alissa, I really appreciate you doing this and I am sure many others will as well! I am pleased you have enjoyed the recipe. Thanks again, Bianca

  • Natalie

    Hi, thanks so much for sharing your recipes!! Just wondering, I made this today and it looks nothing like your picture in which the slice looks quite dark apricot colour, mine looks quite pale and tastes really coconut-ty , not very sweet as your description says. I followe the quantities listed so I’m just wondering why mine turned out like this? What dried apricots do u use? Maim trying to figure out what I did wrong…. ( im new to this making things from scratch business! 🙂

    • bianca

      Hi Natalie, I am sorry it hasn’t worked out well for you. I use organic apricots which are a different colour to the most common dried apricots that you see. I also blend it for a really long time, you pretty much want the coconut to break down and turn to a butter. I hope this helps. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Eve

    Just made these little beauties! Delicious! I decided to add a few dates to make them a little sweeter , yum. Thanks Bianca.

    • bianca

      Thank you. x

  • Amanda

    Just made these in the thermomix, only took about 90 seconds on speed 9 & they had come together perfectly! I put them into some dinosaur & robot chocolate moulds for the boys & rolled a few into balls for myself. Yum!!!

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Amanda! I am sure many people will appreciate the conversions. I am glad you like them. Bianca

    • bianca

      Oh and I would love to see a pic of the robots and dinosaurs!! What a fabulous idea! xx

  • Melanie

    My 2 & 13 yo enjoyed making apricot bites. End result date, apricot & coconut (left) and apricot and coconut on right. Kids found rolling balls more fun and easier to eat.

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Melanie!! I love the pic!! I really appreciate you sending it in! I am glad you enjoyed the recipe. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Renae

    Making these apricot bites now.
    I make something similar – kind of a mix of your chewy biscuits and these apricot bites. 1/2 cup each of apricots, sultanas or raisins, dates, plus 1 cup nuts and 1 tablespoon cocoa. Blend together and then roll into balls. Roll in a mix of coconut and cinnamon if desired. Kids love them. Great for the lunch box or after dinner.

    • bianca

      Sounds great Renae, thank you. xx

  • Maz

    Hit here, I made these today and they were dry, but I’m reading previous posts and think more blend time required. Do u think I could store in the cupboard instead of fridge? I like them room temperature.

    • bianca

      Hi Maz, I think if you have rolled them into balls and then in coconut they will store ok at room temp, if they look to be wilting just pop them in the fridge and remove 30 minutes prior to eating. Yes, these ones do require quite a bot of blending time, I hope they come together for you next time. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Nicole

    Delicious!! The whole family enjoyed these even our 10month old 🙂

  • shell

    Just found this website today and I love the idea of making all of your recipes! I was wondering though, as I don’t own a food processor, just a stick blender, am I doomed to failure or will I be able to make certain recipes?

    • bianca

      Hi Shell, welcome! Some of the recipes will be really hard with a stick blender. There are different things you could try to make it easier, you can run your coconut through a coffe grinder if you have one. You can also presoak your dates in boiling water to soften them. They are some tips that readers have sent in. Many of the cakes and crackers and macaroons can be made just with a bowl and spoon. I hope that is of some help. Bianca

  • Chels

    So good! Our 3 year old helps us roll these into balls then we roll them in a bit more coconut.

  • Mummysams

    Not sure if anyone has mentioned this… I don’t read thoroughly! They freeze and go straight into the lunchbox too.

    • Yes you can set them in the fridge or freezer and as long as it isn’t too hot they are fine in the lunch box. I hope you like them. x

  • Bianca Henderson

    I just made these and added slightly more apricots and a tablespoon of honey to help make them stickier and blend well. They are now in the fridge setting 🙂 the sneaky bit I tried tasted great 🙂

  • Emily

    These are yummy, great for my little boy to take to daycare:-)

    • Perfect. Thank you. I am glad you like them. x

  • Sarah H

    My first recipe from your page and my kids loved it! Made 1/2 quantity & added 1 tsp honey to bind, rolled into balls and covered in extra coconut so that the 3YO could help 🙂 We had to eat some right away, but the remainder are setting in the fridge! Can’t wait to try some other recipes 🙂

    • Thank you so much. I am glad you have enjoyed the recipe. Be sure to let me know how you go with any others. Bianca

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  • Donna Hutchins

    So delicious for something so simple. We use sulfate free apricots so the color is a little darker, but the taste is sensational! I have made four of your recipes in the last few days and I am hooked. Every one has been a winner.

    • We use organic dried apricots too. I am glad you liked it! Thank yo for the feedback. It is great that you are enjoying the recipes and that they are working well for you and your family. Be sure to let me know how you go with any others that you try. Bianca

      • Donna Hutchins

        I certainly will. 🙂

  • Pam

    What do you think about using fresh apricots? It’s apricot season and I’m looking for ways to use them that my family will enjoy. Thanks!

    • bianca

      I don’t think fresh apricots will work in this recipe but I think they are certainly worth trying in our jam recipe or even the apple crumble. I hope this helps. Bianca

      • Pam

        Thanks, I was about to try it! I need to get a food dehydrator then I could make it work. Great site and recipes, thank you for responding.

        • bianca

          Thank you! I am glad you are enjoying it, yes I too would love a dehydrator. x

  • Leah

    Great recipe that can be tweaked as much/as little as you like. I added a handful of cashews/almonds/sunflower seeds and a tablespoon a honey diluted in a couple of tablespoons of water and they came out so yummy!!

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  • Kim Lee-ane

    hi bianca, i’ve just made these. i dont have a super dooper blender, so i soakede the apricots. i only used 1 1/4 cups of coconut, then rolled them into balls & rolled in coconut – yummy. i found they were a lil soft, so have kept them in the freezer. next time will add more coconut, as you have suggested . thanks 🙂

    • Thank YOU! Love the tips and I am glad you enjoyed them. x