Apricot bliss balls are a quick and easy healthy snack with just 4 ingredients. They are vegan, gluten-free, and have no added sugar. Great for meal prep or a quick on-the-go snack!
Bliss balls have become my new snack obsession lately. Case in point: these delicious chocolate bliss balls. While I love making bliss balls with Medjool dates, I'm equally in love with cooking with dried apricots, so I HAD to make these drool-worthy apricot bliss balls.
Apricot bliss balls are super quick and easy to make - they require only 4 ingredients and take less than 15 minutes. Plus this is a no-bake recipe, so you don't even need to use an oven. How great is that?!
What are bliss balls?
Bliss balls are similar to energy bites or energy balls and make for an easy, healthy snack. They are a great option for meal prep because you can store them in the fridge or freezer and enjoy them at any time - during the workday, at the beach, on road trips, as a pre-dinner snack, or even a late night dessert. These bliss balls are made with whole food ingredients like dried apricots, almonds, shredded coconut, and hemp seeds.
Are bliss balls healthy?
Bliss balls are a healthy, nutrient-dense snack. Dried apricots are used to naturally sweeten these apricot bliss balls. Apricots provide potassium and vitamins A, C, and E. They also contain antioxidants like beta carotene and lutein. A ¼-cup serving of dried apricots provides 2 grams of fiber, which is about 8% of the daily value (DV) of fiber (source).
The almonds and hemp seeds add even to these bliss balls. These healthy nuts and seeds are packed with protein and heart-healthy fats, which help you stay full and satiated, making these bliss balls a filling and satisfying snack.
Plus, these apricot bliss balls are vegan, gluten-free, and have no added sugar, so they're great for anyone with certain dietary restrictions.
- Dried apricots: Naturally sweeten these bliss balls without any need for added sugar.
- Almonds: These heart-healthy, antioxidant-rich nuts are also packed with protein and fiber, and are an excellent source of vitamin E, manganese, and magnesium.
- Shredded coconut: Helps add texture and a natural sweetness to the bliss balls.
- Hemp seeds: These tiny seeds are a nutritional powerhouse and a good source of protein! One 1-ounce serving of hemp seeds provides 2 grams of fiber, 9 grams of protein, and is an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, zinc, and iron.
How to Make Apricot Bliss Balls
All you need to make these bliss balls is a food processor and 4 ingredients: dried apricots, almonds, shredded coconut, and hemp seeds.
Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and process on high for a few minutes. Use a spoon to push the contents down if needed. You'll know it is done processing when the mixture is well-combined and easily forms a paste when pressed with your thumb and forefinger.
Use a spoon to scoop out bite-sized balls onto a large plate. Then, roll the mixture into bite-sized balls with your hands. This recipe should make 10-12 bliss balls.
These apricot bliss balls are a great meal prep snack option because they take just a few minutes and are so easy to store.
How long do bliss balls last in the fridge?
You can store these apricot bliss balls in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight container. If you want to store them longer, you can store them in the freezer.
Can you freeze bliss balls?
You can store bliss balls in the freezer for 2-3 months in an airtight container. They might be harder in texture if stored in the freezer, so let them warm up in room temperature for 10 minutes before eating them if you prefer a softer texture.
If you don't have a high-powered food processor and are worried about how the almonds will process, you can swap with sliced or slivered almonds instead of whole.
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Apricot Bliss Balls
- ½ cup almonds
- ½ cup dried apricots (about 7-8)
- ¼ cup shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Process until the mixture is well-combined and sticks together when pressed with your thumb and forefinger.
- With your hands, roll into bite-sized balls.
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