Send the kids to school with these healthier bliss balls packed with dates, carrots, oats and dried apricot.

Nut-free apricot balls
Image: Brett Stevens

Kids are just like us – they love that something sweet with their lunch! These balls are not very sweet – just a little less tart than dried apricots. You could add a couple of extra dates or a drizzle of maple syrup (taste the mixture before rolling) to make them sweeter, but leaving them as they are is a good way to wean yourself off sugary snacks. So, here’s the recipe. They are very easy to prepare and kids can help out!


  • 200g dried apricots, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons white chia seeds
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) fresh orange juice
  • 10 medjool dates, pitted
  • 75g (3/4 cup) rolled oats
  • 70g (1/2 cup) grated carrot
  • 2 tablespoons moist coconut flakes, plus 20g (1/3 cup), extra
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon


  • Combine the apricot, chia and orange juice in a shallow dish.
  • Set aside, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes to soak.
  • Transfer apricot mixture to a food processor. Add the dates, oats, carrot, coconut and cinnamon. Process until finely chopped and evenly combined.
  • Place extra coconut on a plate. Roll level tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls and roll in coconut.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Alternatively, freeze for up to 1 month.