Apricot Balls with Pistachios
These Pistachios-covered Apricot Balls are the perfect snack for you or your little ones! It’s filled with oats, dried apricots, coconut oil, and sunflower seeds, then coated with pistachios for a quick and healthy bite!
Everyone needs a little energy kick occasionally, whether it’s a too-long afternoon at work or your little one needs to power up after school. These energy balls, they call, are the ultimate snack for grown-ups, kids even babies! When I had minis, we were on the go all day, and I needed loads of healthy snacks; that’s how I learned about those energy balls. This version of energy apricot balls doesn’t contain any added sugar, and low-sodium pistachios are used to make them suitable for the little ones!
Baby Led Weaning
When I fell into this new mom role, I didn’t know where to look to get ideas for baby snacks. I knew I didn’t want to purée everything; I found it too unnatural, a single texture. A friend was doing Baby Led Weaning (BLW) with her little one, and I thought it was the right thing for me and mini-me! She experimented a lot with these balls until the perfect version all the kids from our music group couldn’t resist. If it’s intended for babies, choose unsalted pistachios and crush the nuts well to prevent choking hazards.
Worried About Nuts?
Don’t be; back a few years, doctors told moms not to give any peanuts to babies to keep them safe from allergies. A few decades passed by, and now the tune changed! Better to introduce them early to prevent allergies! Pistachios plus the sunflower seeds make these apricot balls super protein balls or, in other words: long-lasting energy balls! Still not convinced? Check this article out!
You can use the salted pistachio if you intend to make these for personal use. These balls are fantastic if you have a too-long exam or need a little kick in the buttocks at work. They will provide energy fast and for a long time! The secret lie in the oat selection! I’ve used half ‘quick oats’ for their stickiness and half rolled oats, which bring this crunch and loads of fibres. Meaning your digestive system will stay busy for a while! The perfect bite to keep on track, plus it tastes fantastic!
These Apricot Balls can last for a good week in an airtight container in the fridge. But I highly suggest freezing them, which can last up to three months in the freezer. Super handy! When you are out and about, the ball slowly has time to unfreeze before being eaten.
Other Snacks for Babies
- ½ cup quick oats
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 cup unsalted pistachios with shells
- 100 g dried apricots
- 30 ml water
- 20 g sunflower seeds
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Start by removing the pistachios' shell, then crush them into small pieces (not powder) in a mortar or food processor.
- Reserve on a plate.
- Blend the rest of the ingredients until sticky.
- Oil your hands and make small balls with the mix, then cover with the pistachios.
- Let rest in the fridge for a minimum of one hour before serving.
These delicious energy balls are so yummy and super easy to make. Plus there full of good for you ingredients. Our grandkids are going to love them!
I love pistachios. These energy balls are perfect for snacking on the go.
Oh! YUM! I’m always looking for new snacks for our grandsons. I found the recipe and I made it for them earlier today. They stopped by and they want these apricot balls with pistachios often. I have to admit I snuck a few for myself and they are excellent.
Such a great snack to grab on the way to after school sports!
- Shay L.
These are such great little bite-sized snacks. I love that pistachios are used – it’s such an underrated nut and one of my favorites!
So glad I found this recipe, I’ve been stuck in a rut with using the same ingredients over and over for energy bites. This changes things up in such a yummy way!
- Sandhya Ramakrishnan
OMG! These are delicious. I always pack these quick energy bites for hiking and I absolutely loved the apricots. A nice trick of using both the quick and rolled oats.
I made these for my kids and they loved them. The apricots in them are so delish. Such a fun twist on regular energy balls.
The combination of oats, dried apricots, coconut oil, and sunflower seeds sounds like a nutritious and delicious blend. Coating them with pistachios adds a delightful crunch and a burst of flavor. I can already imagine enjoying these as a quick and healthy snack. Thank you for sharing this fantastic snack idea!
Love that these energy balls are refined sugar-free. Always on the lookout for new, healthy snacks and these are a hit
I’ve just finished making these in anticipation of our first hike of the season this weekend. They’re so tasty I’m not sure if they’ll make it to the weekend!