No-Bake Apricot Coconut Balls with just 3-ingredients. Shredded Coconut, dried Apricots, keto sweetener of your choice. It's Vegan, Keto, Paleo, and Gluten-Free.
This quick, easy, and effortless snack takes just 10-minutes. It's Kid-friendly and uses no refined sugar at all. Moreover, it's dairy-free and grain-free.
I know you guys love recipes with shredded coconut. In the past, you guys have loved my Dark Chocolate Coconut Balls, Easiest Coconut Macaroons, Chocolate Coconut Bars, White Chocolate Lemon Coconut Truffles
So, today I thought about using Dried Apricots to make these easy peasy Apricot Coconut Balls. You can make bars or squares or anything you like with this. Also try, Salted Caramel Apple Crisp Bars with Maple Glaze, No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars (Gluten-Free), Gingersnap Crusted Pumpkin Praline Bars, White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars
In fact, I have been thinking about making Apricot Coconut Cookies right now. I am definitely gonna make it very soon. Talking about healthy bars I am thinking of Almond Flour Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars (Gluten-Free | Vegan) that I made a few days back. That recipe was CRAZY GOOD!
- Origin of Apricots
- Quick No-Bake Dessert or Snack
- Apricot Coconut Balls
- Why You Should Make them right away
- How to Make No-Bake Apricot Coconut Balls
- Top Tips
- Unsweetened Coconut Vs Sweetned Coconut
- How do I choose the right kind of dried Apricot
- Similar Recipes
- Recipe Card
- No-Bake Apricot Coconut Balls (Vegan, Keto, Paleo, Gluten-Free)
Origin of Apricots
Apricots translated in Arabic as "Moon of Faith" take us back to 2000 BC cultivated in Central Asia and China. Since then this radiant yellowish-orange fruit has been loved by people all over the world. In the Middle East, and India this is called "zardaloo" or Yellow Plum.
Quick No-Bake Dessert or Snack
This recipe for Apricot Coconut Balls can be called a quick snack and also as a dessert. It's sweet enough to qualify as a dessert that you serve after dinner. And, it's not so sweet and has that tarty touch to make it eligible for a quick round of snacks.
This summer I have been making so many No Bake recipes. From Peach Pie Lasagna to Lemon Chiffon Pie (No Bake Creamy Lemon Pie) to No Bake Banoffee Pie to No Bake Chocolate Oreo Tarts to Easy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Lasagna so many more recipes.
Apricot Coconut Balls
Apricot candies are easily available here in the US and in Europe. I've also seen Apricot candies or Apricot snack bites in Australia. But, with this recipe for Apricot Coconut Balls you get to create a better, healthier, and of course a tastier version of that.
I didn't know that the Apricot candy that I love so much would be so easy to make at home. And, that's not it. My favorite candy just leveled up to being healthier as well.
In this recipe for Apricot Coconut Balls, you won't need any refined sugar. It's just dried Apricot, Shredded Coconut, and granulated Keto Sweetener of your choice.
I love the fruity taste of Dried Apricot. A few days back I had made Apricot Chicken in Slow Cooker. It was so good. Jammy, fresh, sweet, and slightly tarty.
These Apricot Coconut balls are seriously the best snack for you. Whether you are on a diet or you are not on a diet, this recipe is sure to appeal to you.
In fact, I have not stopped myself from eating this since the moment I made it. They make an excellent snack and they are so easy to carry. I am thinking about carrying some to my office for my friends at work. They are going to be so thrilled when they know that I've got snacks for them.
Why You Should Make them right away
- It's easy.
- It's delicious.
- It's quick.
- Uses just 3-ingredients where the third ingredient - granulated sweetner is totally optional.
- It has no sugar and yet has a sweet and slightly tarty taste, thanks to the dried apricots that we've used.
- It's coated in coconut.
- You can carry it to work or for picnics or for any parties.
- Makes a great party snack and you can easily make a big batch before the party.
- Can be stored for about 3-months in the freezer.
- Can be made ahead of time.
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- Dried Apricots - I used Turkish Dried Apricot since they are the best.
- Unsweetned Shredded Coconut - Make sure you look for Unsweetened Shredded coconut for this recipe.
- Keto Granulated Sweetner of your choice
How to Make No-Bake Apricot Coconut Balls
Step 1: Combine Ingredients in a Blender Jar
In a blender jar combine Unsweetened Dried Apricots, Unsweetened Shredded Coconut, and Granulated Sweetener of your choice.
Step 2: Make Balls
Place them on a flat plate. Make small balls and serve right away. If you want you can coat them in shredded coconut and then serve.
- Make sure you use UNSWEETENED Organic Dried Apricots. There are many packaged apricots which has so many unnecessary ingredients added to them. Make sure that the one you are purchasing has no other ingredient apart from Organic Dried Apricot.
- Always use Turkish Dried Apricots. You will find a small tag in the package that says this is a Product of Turkey and Packaged in USA.
- Make sure you use UNSWEETENED Shredded Coconut. You must check the packageing and see that the Ingredients listed contains just Organic Shredded Coconut and nothing else.
- Make sure your Dried Apricots and Shredded Coconut contains no added flavor or preservatives.
Unsweetened Coconut Vs Sweetned Coconut
Sweetened coconut tastes sweet and has a lot more moisture than its counterpart. Generally, Sweetened coconut is used for curries like Creamy Thai Coconut Shrimp Curry Recipe or Vegan Lentil Coconut Curry in Crockpot or Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry (KETO) or Thai Red Coconut Chicken Curry with Jasmine Rice
But, Unsweetened coconut has a dry texture and tends to be used for recipes like Coconut Shrimps in Air fryer with Pineapple Chili Sauce or baking or no-bake recipes such as this.
How do I choose the right kind of dried Apricot
When you go out looking for dried apricots you will generally find two kinds of Apricots. One is Californian Apricots which has a dark orange color. And, then you have Turkish Apricots which are bright yellow and slightly orangish in color.
Both are good in terms of taste. California Apricots have a "tarty" taste whereas Turkish Apricots are considerably sweeter.
Moreover, another clear difference is in how they look. As you can see in the image below, Turkish Apricots are dried whole (without the pit). But, California Apricots are halved and then dried.
I recommend using Dried Turkish Apricots for this recipe.
Peach - If you want you can use fresh peaches to make this recipe. If you are using Peaches, also try these Juicy Peach Cream Cheese Hand Pies, Peach Pie with Crumb Topping, Instant Pot Peach Chicken in Honey Balsamic Sauce, Moist Peach Cobbler Coffee Cake Muffins
Pear - You can also use pear to make such bars. See my recipe for Pear Chocolate Coconut Bars here.
Oranges - You can use oranges to make such delicious bars. See my recipe for Delicious Orange Bars and learn more.
Apples - You can also use crushed or grated Apples to make this recipe. See my recipe for No-Bake Apple Coconut Bars.
You can store them in the refrigerator for up to 1-weeks. They won't go bad. Or if you are planning to store them for a longer duration you can keep them in a freezer-friendly ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 3-months.
Make sure you thaw them in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
No-Bake Apricot Coconut Balls (Vegan, Keto, Paleo, Gluten-Free)
- 3 cups dried apricots unsweetened
- 1 cup shredded coconut unsweetened
- 2 tablespoon keto granulated sweetener of your choice OPTIONAL
- In a high-speed blender or a food processor combine the ingredients until they come together as shown in the picture.
- Use your hands to form small balls and if you want you can roll them on shredded coconut. Serve right away.