Almost Raw Coconut + Apricot Oat Balls

I’m sorry for the lack of posts but I’ve been absolutely swamped with my brother and his friend visiting from Canada. We’ve been busy sight-seeing and attending various events, and there hasn’t been much time to cook, let alone blog. But they left today, and I promise to make up for it for the rest of Vegan MoFo.

I’m not really someone who craves sweets, but last week, I got a craving that I just couldn’t shake. In particular, I was craving something coconut-y, but didn’t want to go to the effort of making macaroons or cookies. Ideally, it would be healthy and wouldn’t require turning on the oven. Thankfully, I had a big bag of shredded coconut on hand, and as I looked through my pantry (really, it’s just a measly drawer in my small kitchen!), I found half a bag of dried apricots. Along with a lonely banana hanging out on the counter top, I had the beginnings of a sweet little tropical treat.

Almost Raw Coconut + Apricot Oat Balls

I started out using 1/2 cup of  oats, but in the end, I found the mixture too runny to form into balls, so I ended up using 1 cup total and that did the trick. I added 3 tbsp of maple syrup to the mix, but you could probably get away without any additional sweetener as long as your apricots are nice and sweet. I added coconut oil to amplify the coconut flavor and to help the balls to harden in the fridge.

Almost Raw Coconut + Apricot Oat Balls

I thought that I would be able to label these as fully “raw”, but after a bit of online research, I’ve learned that most commercially-purchased oats are steamed as part of the processing process, so they can’t be considered raw (even if you don’t cook them). The same thing goes for quinoa flakes, which I think you could use instead of the oats in this recipe. Oh well, it’s still a quick and healthy treat!

Almost Raw Coconut + Apricot Oat Balls

Ultimately, 3 of these babies totally hit the spot and quelled my sugar craving. They’re super yummy as-is, but as I’m typing this, I’m already thinking of upping the tropical factor next time by adding a bit of pineapple (dried? fresh? canned?) and/or macadamia nuts. Let me know if you try these and do let me know of any variations that you make!

Almost Raw Coconut + Apricot Oat Balls

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Almost Raw Coconut + Apricot Oat Balls
 
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These healthy little guys are great as a snack or as a pre-workout treat! No bake. Vegan / low-carb / gluten-free.
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Recipe type: Snack, Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 cup oats (use gluten-free oats as required)
  • ½ cup dried apricot
  • ½ cup grated dry unsweetened coconut
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup (or agave syrup)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, add the oats, and pulse for 20 seconds in order to break the oats down slightly.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until fully combined.
  3. Roll into 12 balls and refrigerate for 1 hour. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Almost Raw Coconut + Apricot Oat Balls

Almost Raw Coconut + Apricot Oat Balls

Vegan Month of Food 2011

25 Comments

  1. phoenix says:

    These look amazing!!
    Happy MoFoing! (I’m way behind too, but I’m making up for it!) <3

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    • vegangela says:

      Thank you! And yes, I’m totally committed to catching up. Going to check out your blog now :)

      Reply
  2. Hey girl! Long time no “see”! These look FABULOUS! Tagged the recipe for future use!

    Hope you’re doing well. xo

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi JL! I know, I’m easily a month behind on all my blog-reading. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to! Thanks for the comment – let me know if you make these :)

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  3. Wow – those look awesome. What a great snack!

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks Heather :)

      Reply
  4. Rachel says:

    These look delicious! Our local vegetarian restaurant bakes coconut apricot cookies, and I love that combination.

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Rachel – Yum, those sound yummy. Thanks for the comment and let me know if you make these…

      Reply
  5. Laura says:

    They look like little balls of sunshine–lovely!

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks so much Laura :)

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  6. Vanessa says:

    This is the kind of thing I LOVE to eat. And I love how simple the recipe is! Gotta try it.

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks Vanessa, let me know if you make them. I pretty much ate the whole batch to myself!

      Reply
  7. Clara says:

    Those look really delicious! I think I’m going to try making those :) Thanks!

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks Clara – let me know what you think of them :)

      Reply
  8. Esther says:

    I love the flavors of oat and apricot together in one of my favorite cookie combinations – I bet these will be amazing!

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Esther – I don’t think I had ever tried that combo before, but you’re right, it’s really good. Let me know if you make these guys and thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  9. Kathryn says:

    I made these yesterday for some road-trip snacks and they are great! I’m not even a vegan, or a raw foodie. I look forward to sharing them now!

    Thanks.

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Kathryn – Thanks for trying my recipe and taking the time to comment. I’m so glad that you liked them. You’ve reminded me that I need to make these again soon!

      Reply
  10. cynthia says:

    These were a gin-normous hit when I took a double batch to a week-end event. They were named by the group “Power Balls.” I added dried pineapple to the apricots, and the taste was delicious. Thanks for inventing these!

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    • vegangela says:

      I’m so glad to hear that. Glad to hear they were good with the dried pineapple bits. I have to remember to do that next time :)

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  11. cher says:

    Today is my first time visiting this site. So far, I’ve been very impressed with a number of the recipes and I’ve just begun perusing them. That is why I was quite distressed to see the accompanying photos to this recipe – Coconut and Apricot Balls – as the apricots pictured are ones that have been sulphured which can be easily determined by their colour and plumpness. Organic apricots are much darker in colour.
    In my opinion, in should be noted somewhere in the recipe how one can use unsulphured apricots or sulphured apricots.

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Cher! Thanks for your comments. If I can find unsulphured apricots here in Sydney, then I’ll remake the recipe and update the post accordingly… Stay tuned :)

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  12. Dawn says:

    I just made these this afternoon and LOVE them…YUM!!! I added the dried pineapple and they are just a tropical delight! Thank you.

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    • vegangela says:

      I’m so glad you liked them. I still haven’t made them with dried pineapple. Need to remember that for next time. Thanks for taking the time to comment :)

      Reply
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