As I mentioned in yesterday’s post in our Preparing for a healthy, paleo Christmas series, our son Paul’s favourite treat is apricot balls. My Mum used to have a bowl of these on the table every Christmas, just for him. Sometimes they were the bought variety. Other times they were a home-made recipe with sweetened condensed milk and Copha (hydrogenated coconut oil) as the main ingredients. Of course I’ve now been looking for a paleo version of these Christmas treats. Some of you have been asking for the recipe so here it is….another healthy, paleo Christmas recipe.
- 1.5 – 2 cups dried apricots (I prefer the larger amount)
- 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- Desiccated coconut to coat balls
- Put all ingredients except coconut in the blender or food processor and blend until well combined.
- Roll into balls
- Roll in coconut
- Store in the fridge
- Use nuts instead of the mixture of seeds. I’ve used walnuts, raw cashews, macadamias. All work well.
- Press the mixture into a slice dish. Put in fridge to harden, then cut into cubes & roll in coconut.
- Coat in chocolate instead of coconut.
- Dip in melted dark chocolate.
- I make these in the Thermomix. Just put all the ingredients in the bowl and blitz on speed 10 for about 10-20 seconds.
- The apricot balls will keep for many weeks in the fridge (if you hide them).
- These are also great to pack in school lunchboxes.
Maybe you’ve got time to get a batch of this healthy Christmas recipe made up before the day is over. They’re handy to have available for unexpected guests.
We’ll be back again tomorrow with more helpful, healthy ideas for Christmas.