Sugar Challenge Day 3 – Apricot & Vanilla Protein Balls

It’s still early days, but I’m pleased to say my challenge to replace refined sugar with healthier options in the food I cook is going great so far!

Well … the fact that I haven’t actually “cooked” any sweets yet may have something to do with that 😮 But, I have been doing some research and quickly finding out that not all sugars are equal.

Do you know that not all sugars are equal?

For example, most of the honey you find in supermarkets is not very good for you because much of the goodness is removed by the filtering process manufacturers use. However, raw honey is “like the bees intended” so it is unheated, unpasteurised, and unprocessed, therefore retains all its goodness. Raw honey has many heath benefits; it has antibacterial properties, contains friendly bacteria and helps to boost the immune system. The best place to get raw honey is direct from a local beekeeper you can trust. Most have a web presence these days, so do your research first!

I have also been experimenting with new flavours for health bars & balls, so look out for more delicious recipes like these Apricot & Vanilla Protein Balls over the next few weeks 🙂

What is REALLY great is that the Date and Coconut Energy Balls and these Apricot & Vanilla Protein Balls are a hit with my husband. Not only has he not eaten any chocolate the past few days, he’s actually taken the health balls to work with him! This is a first, because my husband has NEVER taken any food from home to eat at work – EVER!!

These Apricot & Vanilla Protein Balls make a healthy, delicious and filling snack any time of the day.

What you need

  • 1 cup soft dried apricots – roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup almond meal (ground natural almonds)
  • 1 teaspoon linseed (flaxseed)
  • 2 Tablespoons raw honey
  • ¼ cup water
  • Extra desiccated coconut to finish

What to do

If the apricots are really dry, you should soak them in warm water for 15 minutes before using them.

Place all the ingredients into a food processor and process until well combined.

Take some of the mixture and roll into ball. You can make the balls whatever size you like. Repeat with remaining mixture.

Roll the finished balls into coconut for extra texture and a nice effect.

Store the Apricot and Vanilla Protein Balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days or freeze.

To your good health!