These delicious and healthy little fruit balls are made out of dried apricots, prunes, cranberries and raw almonds rolled in shredded coconut and covered in a yoghurt shell. Perfect for a healthy snack that kids and adults will love. They’re sugar free and gluten free and make a great gift idea.
Apricot and Almond Yoghurt Balls make a great gift idea.
Dipping the apricot balls in NAS (no added sugar) yoghurt helped cut much of the sickly sweet after-taste often associated with fruit balls. It’s also a much healthier alternative than using chocolate.
The recipe can also be made without dipping the Apricot and Almond Balls into yoghurt.
Apricot and Almond Balls without Yoghurt.
With no cooking involved, this recipe is the ideal holiday boredom buster for kids of all ages!
Preparation Time: 45 minutes
Makes: 35-40 Balls (depending on size)
Ingredients 1 cup diced dried apricots
1 cup of dried cranberries
½ cup of diced pitted prunes
1 cup of raw almonds
¼ cup of orange juice
¼ teaspoon orange zest
1 cup of shredded coconut
2 cups of NAS (no added sugar) yoghurt buds
Dice the dried apricots, cranberries and pitted prunes.
Place the dried fruit into a saucepan and add the orange juice and zest.
Over a high heat bring liquid to a boil and simmer for approximately 5 minutes or until all liquid has been reduced. Leave to cool.
Bring the fruit and orange juice to a boil and simmer until the liquid has reduced.
Chop almonds roughly in a food processor. Add the apricots, cranberries, prunes until all ingredients are finely chopped. If the mixture is too thick for the processor to chop through, you may need to blend in batches.
Process all the ingredients until chopped.
Add enough coconut to form a pliable and rustic mixture. It should resemble crumble or a cheesecake base.
Roll into balls. The size of each ball should be the size of a dollar coin or marble. Set aside.
Roll into balls.
Place yoghurt buds into a glass container and sit over the top of a pot of boiling water. Using a wooden spoon stir the buds until they start to melt.
Place the yoghurt buds into a bowl over boiling water and stir constantly to melt.
Melted smooth yoghurt - ready for dipping.
Take the melted yoghurt off the heat and start to dip the apricot balls into the melted yoghurt. Place balls onto a tray and refrigerate.
Dip Apricot and Almond Balls into melted yoghurt.
Serve as a snack, dessert or package a few in cellophane paper as they make a great gift to family and friends.
Package in cellophane paper for a great gift idea for family and friends.
Packaged Apricot and Almond Balls.
Notes The NAS (No Added Sugar) Yoghurt Buds aren’t the easiest to come across. However do persevere because the end result is worth it, especially in keeping with a snack that is super healthy in every way.
Lewis Confectionery came to my rescue. They’re a South Australian based and family run business that manufacture confectionery specifically for the health food market. I ordered the Yoghurt Buds online and received my package the following day. It was seamless. You can purchase Lewis Confectionery at specialist Health Food stores or online. For more information on their products and where they currently distribute, check their website.