Chocolate Apricot Seed Balls

Balls all ready for snacking.

Balls all ready for snacking.

As I continue on my real foods journey, I find one of the aspects I struggle the most with is finding good quality, quick snacks.  My kids are still stuck in the “it has to be in a box to qualify for a snack” mode.  It is incredibly disheartening to go to the store, read package labels and realize how much crap is in the food marketed to kids!  Even food under the “health halo” of  gluten free or organic is often loaded with sugar listed in different forms to disguise how much sugar is actually lurking.  IT DRIVES ME CRAZY!

I was recently wandering around the internet looking for new snack ideas when I stumble upon My Darling Lemon Thyme’ s recipe for Raw Apricot, Dark Chocolate and  Coconut  Bites .  These sounded amazingly yummy to me but I wondered about tweaking them a little bit to add some protein.  I am incredibly obsessed with chia and hemp seeds right now so I immediately thought about incorporating them.

I am use to using dates in many of my raw snacks so I was intrigued with the idea of trying apricots for a different taste.  I try to find unsulfured apricots because the preservatives tend to give me a headache and upset my stomach.  I bought  Dried APRICOTS here.  I know they look discolored and a little unappetizing but I promise they taste just as good as the sulfured ones! I eat Hemp Hearts  and Organic Raw Chia Seeds every day for breakfast so they were a natural addition to these balls.

Ingredients.

Ingredients.

Into the food processor everything went.

IMG_1106It was important to keep grinding and grinding to break down the apricots and to get a paste to form.  Be sure to scrape down the sides of the food processor as needed.  Gradually adding a little water also really helped the balls hold together.  Checkout all that seedy goodness in the photo down below.

Balls before going into the freezer.

Balls before going into the freezer.

I know these are not the most visually appealing snacks but they definitely taste better than they look!  The raw chocolate on these balls is so yummy and not too sweet!  It is amazing combined with the orange flavor from the zest.

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Chocolate Apricot Seed Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups unsulfered apricots
  • 3/4 cup of coconut
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 2 tbs of hemp seeds
  • 1 tbs of orange zest
  • 11/2 tbs of melted coconut oil
  • For Raw Chocolate
  • 3 tbs of melted coconut oil
  • 3 tbs of cacao powder
  • 2 tbs of maple syrup
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Place apricots, coconut, seeds, zest and 1 1/2 tbs of oil in the food processor.
  2. Grind until a paste forms and mixture holds together when rolled into a ball.
  3. (I added a little warm water to help this process along.)
  4. Roll into balls.
  5. Place balls in freezer for 10-15 minutes to firm up.
  6. While balls are freezing, mix ingredients for raw chocolate together.
  7. Remove balls from freezer and roll in the chocolate.
  8. (You can completely cover the balls or cover only half of them depending on your taste.)
  9. Enjoy immediately or store in fridge for later snacking.
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These balls turned out super yummy and I have been snacking on one or two of them a day for the last few days. Even though they are small, I find they give me sustained energy.   The boys also declared them a winner- which is great, but then I have to share them!  I would love to have readers share any of their snack ideas.

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13 Responses to Chocolate Apricot Seed Balls

  1. linda spiker says:

    Yum! I love the combination of apricots and chocolate!

  2. These look great. And I know what you mean: so many “health food” bars are loaded with rice syrup and oats and nothing good. I love your combination of flavors- the orange, apricot and chocolate. Thanks for sharing the fun recipe!! :)

  3. These look yummy and super healthy! I can’t tolerate sugar and large amounts of sugar don’t even taste good to me. Love recipes like this!

  4. Yossif says:

    Looks very delicious! I love how you took pictures of all the steps and measurements so even people who are bad at cooking don’t get lost. (like me!)

    I’ll give them a try soon, thanks!
    -Yossif

  5. Bonnie says:

    Yum! Thanks for a great idea. Also, I know how that transition goes with the kids. My kids are better than they used to be (2 years ago when we really jumped into whole foods), but it’s hard for them. Sometimes v. always foods is a constant conversation. :)

  6. I’d love to try making these.

  7. Daja says:

    These look like the perfect hiking/camping snack!!! Great source of energy, protein and healthy carbs! NICE!!!

  8. I really like the sounds of these energy balls. It’s difficult for me too to find the right wholesome, filling snacks and I love the orange and apricot flavors in this recipe. It’s a nice change from all the date recipes!

  9. I always find it hard to have healthy snacks around too. I always just go right for the chip bag! I love apricots and chocolate together and this looks so easy! I need to have some of these laying around the house!

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