Recipe: Tangy Apricot Energy Balls with Blueberry, Lime and Sunflower Seeds

1ballsI’ve been having a chocolate week.  One of those weeks where the only thing – absolutely and utterly the only thing – keeping me going has been chocolate and sweets.  Not even good, dark chocolate either – just the sort of chocolate that is 100% about the sugar and not about anything else…

Now that I’ve hit a weekend, it’s clearly time to try to claw my way back from the brink, and the first step is filling the house with food that will give me energy but isn’t absolutely full of things that are terrible for me.  In other words – it’s time for more raw truffles, though these ones are more closely related to the average muesli bar than to anything rich and chocolatey.  Which might be a mistake, come to think of it, but never mind that. 

Anyway, these little snacks contain a whole alphabet of vitamins from the fruit, not to mention all sorts of proteins and minerals and omega 6 fats (to make your brain happy!) from the sunflower seeds, and a bit of low-GI carbohydrate from the oats.  They are positively *offensive* in their healthiness, but they are so tangy that I don’t mind.  Mmm, tangy…

Your shopping list

80 g sunflower seeds
20 g rolled oats
20 g coconut sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
20 g freeze-dried blueberries
150 g dried apricots
3 dates
20 g coconut oil
juice and zest of 1/2 a lime

Now what will you do with it?

Easy-peasy.  First, put the seeds, oats, sugar and cinnamon in your food processor, and process until they are a coarse meal.

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Now add everything else, and process until it comes together.  Don’t forget to stone the dates before you add them, or your food processor will make frightening noises and it will all end badly.

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Also, if you meant to put a lemon, not a lime, into the mixture, I’d suggest looking closely before you start zesting.  Because these were meant to be lemony treats, not limey ones, but, well, I wasn’t paying quite enough attention.

Which is why I need healthy energy snacks!

Roll into little balls, and store in the refrigerator if you plan to keep them for a long time.  Or eat some of them immediately – they are fine at room temperature in this weather.

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Feel energised and healthy!

Variations

Surely by now you know that one can basically chuck any combination of fruit, nuts and seeds into a food processor, and so long as you get the wet / dry components right, an energy ball will come out?  This probably would have been nicer with lemon instead of lime, and I think you could get away with plain dried blueberries, though I’d use more of them, and maybe omit the dates.  You could, of course, use pistachios instead of sunflower seeds, but why would you?

Anyway, these are vegan, gluten-free and nut-free, but, as usual, not much good for those who need to avoid fructose.  Their glycemic index is fairly low, and if you use gluten-free oats, or substitute the oats for rolled amaranth or something of that nature, you’re sorted for gluten-freedom, too.  Yay!

(Fewer variations than usual, as I’m writing this in a mad rush, because I have a friend coming to stay, and will therefore have very limited computer access for the next few days…)

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7 responses to “Recipe: Tangy Apricot Energy Balls with Blueberry, Lime and Sunflower Seeds

  1. Oh these sound absolutely delicious! I’ve been on the look out for healthy snacks to take to uni, and these sound perfect.

    • Thank you! I’m rather fond of little balls of fruity, nutty things – there are a few on my sweetmeats pages, and you should also check out http://wayfaringchocolate.com/ if this sort of thing appeals to you, because she has a heap of good recipes along these lines.

  2. These look great Catherine 🙂 I love the mix of blueberry and lime, neither of which I’ve had in fruit/nut balls before!

  3. this is the sort of thing I should be eating but too many other temptations lately 🙂 Good luck without the internet this week – I could do with some net free time too but hey I enjoy surfing 🙂

  4. Great recipe! Would love to forward this to my daughter! Is there a way to do that?

    • Hi Jeannie,

      If you don’t want to forward her the link, there’s a little green button at the bottom of the post that will allow you to turn it into a PDF or to print it, and then you can send it to her.

      Glad you like the recipe!

      Catherine

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