Back to school recipe – Nut free apricot balls

Back to school recipe – nut free apricot balls –  gluten free, dairy free, nut free, refined sugar free and clean.


Good morning. How are you feeling after your Australia Day festivities? I hope you had a great time and were able to make it to work today ;). A bunch of us spent the day at a friend’s new house overlooking the water at Como. It was touch and go with the rain in the morning, however we were eventually blessed with beautiful weather that lasted till sunset. We feasted on chicken, tiger prawns and a bunch of delicious salads. Later in the afternoon we had a swim in the pool and back home in Cronulla I watched the fireworks from my balcony. I never tire of watching them.


From this week onward kids start school for 2016 and that means you’ll need to organise lunches and snacks to get them through the week. I have a simple recipe that uses clean, nourishing ingredients. Organic apricots, puffed brown rice, chia seeds, Himalayan salt and organic dessicated coconut. You can make a large batch of these and keep them in the fridge or freezer. This recipe makes around 30 bite sized balls or you can make larger balls.

These nut free apricot balls have a soft apricot flavour and are a healthy alternative to the processed, packaged snack food you can find at the supermarket. It’s good to know exactly what is going into your child’s delicate system.

Did you know?

Those bright coloured dried apricots that you find in the supermarket are NOT meant to be that colour. They have been soaked in sulphur to make them look fresh.
I’ve used unsulphured dried apricots which have naturally turned dark. It does not mean they have gone off. They can be found in health food stores. They taste beautiful, just like organic dried apricots should.


Dried apricots without sulphur added to them. How they should look.

Here’s an overview on what to do

Soak apricots in just boiled water for 15 minutes. Drain. Chop the apricots so they are a manageable size for the blades of your food processor.
Add all ingredients to your food processor and blitz.
Mixture should start clumping together and stick together when pinched between your thumb and forefinger.
Using a measuring spoon, measure out slightly heaped spoonfuls if mixture.
Roll into balls then roll into the dessicated coconut. Cover and chill.

Ingredients I used

Why this is so good for you


Apricots aid digestion, prevent constipation, increase immune strength, maintain a healthy heart and strengthen bones.
Brown rice reduces the risk of heart disease, helps prevent colon cancer, reduces the risk of diabetes and aids the nervous system.
Chia seeds are good for healthy hair, skin and nails, regulate bowel function, protect the body from aging and cancer, regulate insulin levels, prevent hypertension and help detoxify the body.
Himalayan salt contains all of the 84 elements found in your body. It is anti aging, increases hydration, promotes blood sugar health, prevents muscle cramping, strengthens bones, lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, helps expel toxins from the body, helps reduce acid reflux and helps the intestines absorb nutrients.


Love, Tash x

Back to school recipe – nut free apricot balls

Yield: About 30 bite sized balls


  • 250 grams dried apricots, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes
  • 3 cups puffed brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch Himalayan salt
  • Dessicated coconut to roll balls in


  1. Drain apricots and chop them so they are a manageable size for your blades.
  2. Place in food processor along with the brown rice puffs, chia seeds, vanilla and salt. Blitz until mixture clumps together. Roll into balls and then roll in the dessicated coconut.
  3. Chill.

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