This easy recipe makes around 30 soft snacking balls, ideal for bubs who are starting to feed themselves. Try to buy sulphate free apricots and coconut. Sulphates are used as a preservative and have been linked to an increase in childhood asthma.
- 400g dried apricots
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 tblsp lemon juice
- 1 tblsp honey (important - only give honey to bubs 12m+. Leave out for younger bubs)
- 1 cup crushed plain biscuit crumbs
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 1 cup toasted desiccated coconut for coating (toasted in a 200’C oven for 5 minutes)
Place apricots and orange juice into a small saucepan.
Bring to the boil, then simmer for 2 minutes. Allow to cool before placing mixture into a food processor with lemon juice and honey, and blend to a smooth puree.
Transfer to a bowl and mix in biscuit crumbs and coconut. If it’s too dry, add a little more orange juice.
Roll into grape sized balls, and then roll in the toasted coconut. Chill before serving. They’ll keep for 2wks in a sealed container.
Recipe by Tony Sharpe, a qualified early childhood chef and founder of Educating Palates. Tony created many of our original recipes and has a secret talent for getting even the fussiest little eaters to love healthy food.