Apricot Coconut Muesli Balls

  • Servings : 24 balls
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 0m
  • Ready In : 15m

Almost every recipe I have come across for apricot coconut balls has condensed milk or butter. I wanted something that I could give Harry as a snack when we were out and about, but was still really healthy for him. I created these little muesli balls and all my little taste testers (and carpenter brother) went back for more. What’s even better is that they don’t need to be cooked, so you can eat them straight away.

Nutrition Note: These little apricot coconut balls are a wholegrain sweet snack packed full of fibre and vitamin C.

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  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup dried organic apricots, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 apple, grated (squeeze out excess juice)
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut*
  • *Check for additive free coconut


Step 1

Heat a frying pan over medium. Add the oats and toast for a few minutes, continue to stir to ensure the oats are toasting but donโ€™t burn. Once lightly toasted (around 2 minutes), remove from the pan and place in a bowl. -

Step 2

Grab your food processor, add the toasted oats, apricots, honey, apple and ยพ cup coconut. Process until well combined. -

Step 3

Remove mixture from the processor and roll teaspoon-sized balls of mixture. Roll each ball in the extra coconut and store in an airtight container in the fridge, or wrap individually and freeze to eat later. -




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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by jode@mummymusingsandmayhem on October 17, 2012

    These look yummy Allie…i have a recipe for apricot coconut balls on the blog too…no condensed milk i promise! I linked to one handed cooks in my last post…hope that was ok!!

    • posted by Allie on October 18, 2012

      Hi Jode, you’re welcome to share any time – thank you. I will pop over now and compare our balls ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha.

  2. posted by Roxanne on November 3, 2012

    These are fantastic – My 16mth old loves them!

    • posted by Allie on November 22, 2012

      Thanks Roxanne so glad your child likes them x

  3. posted by Angela on November 22, 2012

    Sorry if I missed this but at what point is the honey added?

    • posted by Allie on November 22, 2012

      Hi Angela, the honey is added at Step 2. I have just fixed this up, thanks for pointing it out.
      Allie x

  4. posted by Kandice Templar on November 29, 2012

    I was wondering what can be used instead of honey for kids under 1 year of age?

    • posted by Allie on November 30, 2012

      Hi Kandice, the honey does hold this together, but you could try a pure fruit puree or juice like apricot or apple and see how it goes? Let us know what you try :)Ax

  5. posted by Nyree on January 23, 2013

    Thanks again Allie! Another winner in this household, with the usual scenario occurring……. husband eating the toddler’s food. We all love it , even our fussy/determined toddler. x

    • posted by Allie on January 23, 2013

      Yay ๐Ÿ™‚ … usual scenario here, Allie grinning at lovely Nyree’s feedback. x

  6. posted by Nyree on January 23, 2013

    Minor mishap with me not reading how to use our food processor (did you see photo on NSM?). Ha ha! ‘Mr Calm Husband’ came to the rescue of ‘Ms I’m Sure I Can Work a Food Processor Without Reading the Instructions’. We were so keen to try these, that nothing stopped us;)

  7. posted by Ruth on March 9, 2013

    These are so yummy!! My 3 year old also loved helping to roll them ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. posted by Bek on June 8, 2013

    Husband said these tasted like chicken, won’t be making again.

  9. posted by alicia hewat on August 4, 2013

    Yummy! Al of our house love these, easy & quick! perfect. Thanks for sharing. How long will they keep in fridge?

    • posted by Allie on August 4, 2013

      Thanks Alicia, that’s wonderful news. I would say at least 3 – 4 days and they freeze well too if you wanted to save some for later. Ax

  10. posted by Stephanie on August 24, 2013

    Hi Allie, is there something I might be able to use apart from the coconut as I can’t seem to find additive free coconut (and don’t really want to use the one with additives!)? thank you!!! Also how long would these keep in the freezer for do you think?

    • posted by Allie on August 25, 2013

      Hi Stephanie, when I can’t find the desiccated coconut additive free I will often buy the organic flaked and just use my food processor to chop it up. I haven’t tried anything else with these but you could also use other dried fruits and just roll the balls without coconut? Hope that helps, Ax

  11. posted by Jess on November 27, 2013

    Hi Allie,
    Do you think rice malt syrup would work instead of the honey? Or wouldn’t it be sticky enough?

    • posted by Allie on November 27, 2013

      Hi Jess, I haven’t tried it myself but I don’t see why not? You get a fair amount of “stick” from the dried fruit too. Let us know how you go! Ax

  12. posted by Jessica on January 4, 2014

    I love your recipes! I want to make these for my 10 month old but don’t want to give her honey, can you suggest any healthy alternatives?

    • posted by Allie on January 12, 2014

      Hi Jessica. The balls may be sticky enough with the dried fruit and a touch of hot water, or you can try some apple puree? Might just take a little play to get the consistency right ๐Ÿ™‚ Ax

  13. posted by Alice on February 2, 2014

    These were a big hit with my little one and his friends. Will definitely be making these again.

  14. posted by Jo on May 3, 2014

    I made these last weekend and they were amazing, thank you! Now off to make another batch ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. posted by Jodie on May 29, 2014

    Hey ladies. I always worry about giving my kids apricot because of gas? TMIโ€ฆ did anyone get farty after these?

    • posted by Jess on May 31, 2014

      Hi Jodie,
      We recommend using sulphur free dried apricots – they may help to lessen symptoms? Jx

  16. posted by Strat on August 11, 2014

    Just found this site and its full of awesome recipes i can’t wait to try but in this recipe is there anything you can substitute the apricot for?

    • posted by Allie on August 19, 2014

      Hi Strat, other dried fruit should be fine ๐Ÿ™‚ Ax

  17. posted by Bec on August 15, 2014

    Yum! I haven’t even started rolling these and I can’t stop eating the mixture! I used rice malt syrup (ran out of honey) and they are plenty sticky ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. posted by Jane on November 30, 2014

    Hi, could you please tell me how long these should last in the fridge for? ta ๐Ÿ™‚

    • posted by Allie on December 1, 2014

      3 – 4 days ๐Ÿ™‚ Freeze for up to 2 months.

  19. posted by Ruth on December 12, 2014

    These look yummy. We have problems with oats in our household. Do you have any suggestions for a suitable substitute. Sorry – I think someone has asked this question with practically every other ingredient in the recipe! I’d generally just sub in nuts but our daughter’s starting preschool in the new year and lunch boxes have to be nut free ๐Ÿ™‚

    • posted by Allie on December 14, 2014

      Hi Ruth, it’s hard to say as they are such a large part of the ingredients list. But you could try substituting for quinoa puffs or flakes – you may need to change some of the other quantities though if the flavour is too overpowering? Alternatively maybe weetbix or rice puffs? I haven’t tried these, but they are substitutions people have used for oats in other recipes. I hope that help, would love to hear how you go. Ax

  20. posted by Lou on January 14, 2015

    The mixture tasted very bitter? Did I do something wrong? I may have toasted the oats for more than 2 minutes.

  21. posted by Michele on February 8, 2015

    Does the grated Apple go brown?

  22. posted by Clare on February 22, 2016

    Hi there,
    just wondering if you could use fresh apricots instead? and what the amount would be?

    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ i love this site so much

  23. posted by Ash on March 13, 2016

    Hi, could you add some chia to these? Do you think into the mix or as the crumb? Thanks!

  24. posted by Andrea on October 15, 2022

    Great recipe, when i squeezed out the apple juice the first time the balls didn’t stick..so i grated more apple with out removing extra juice and then they were good… the n next time i didn’t remove excess juice and the consistency was perfect!


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