Apricot Mango Balls are healthy snack prepared by grinding together dried turkish apricots, walnuts, almonds, desiccated coconut and dried mango fruit or mango bar and shaping them into balls . They are very healthy, nutritious, full of energy and fibre. You can enjoy them as a quick breakfast, or for small mid day or after school snack. They are gluten free. Replace ghee with coconut oil to make it vegan. They are a very healthy option while fasting (upwaas / vraat).
Dried Apricots are a good source of Vitamin A, potassium and fibre. They can be consumed as they are available and can be used for making many different dishes such as muesli, muesli bar, cakes, muffins, chocolate, puddings, energy balls.
My son loves the dried apricot and loves to snack on them. So I have the apricot stocked in my pantry.
As the winters have started in Sydney I wanted to make some sweet but which has no ghee or sugar and still packed with energy. I checked in my pantry and saw some apricots and decided to make apricot balls. I had recently visited India and my mother had packed me aam papad (Dried mango bar) made in her farm industry. So thought of utilising them in the recipe to get a nice mango flavor.. I have also added walnuts and almonds. Walnuts are valuable vegetarian source of the essential fatty acid omega-3. Almonds are good source of vitamin E, rich in antioxidants, fibre, digestible carbohydrates. Desiccated coconut contains no cholesterol or trans fats while being rich in a number of essential nutrients, including dietary fiber, manganese, copper and selenium.
If you are using dried mango in place of the mango bar, the recipe will be totally sugar free.
With so many healthy ingredients in front of me, I am tempted to make these healthy energy balls. Food processor is very useful when you have to chop the ingredients in big batch at one time. It is your best assistant in your kitchen. I am happy to invest in it for my kitchen. So everything goes in my food processor and within minutes comes out nicely grounded. I shaped the grounded mixture into balls and tadaa the healthy apricot mango balls are ready!! Already feasted on couple of them while shaping them into balls.
Do not worry if you do not have a food processor. Chop all the ingredients and then pulse them in a mixture grinder in batches till you get fine mixture.
Friends I am always looking for healthy recipe for my family and I felt so happy that my husband and son enjoyed them. It was a good snack for Aarav after his sport training sessions.
I have also shared earlier a similar recipe with Dates.
I am so happy to share the recipe with you. Happy healthy cooking!!
Apricot Mango Balls
- In a food processor, add chopped walnuts, apricot, mango bar, almonds and desiccated coconut.
- Pulse them together for 5-6 times.
- Now run the food processor on high speed to chop and grind them very finely.
- Remove the mixture in a bowl.
- Grease your palms with ghee (use coconut oil for making vegan). Spoon small portion on the palm and roll it into a smooth ball. Make all the balls similarly.
- The apricot mango balls are ready to serve.
- These healthy apricot mango balls can be stored and refrigerated in an airtight container for 10 days.