Apricot Balls for little gums & fingers

Chris Chew

This easy recipe makes around 30 soft snacking balls, ideal for bubs who are starting to feed themselves. Try to buy sulphate free apricots and coconut. Sulphates are used as a preservative and have been linked to an increase in childhood asthma.

Organic ingredients

  • 400g dried apricots  
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tblsp lemon juice
  • 1 tblsp honey (important - only give honey to bubs 12m+. Leave out for younger bubs)
  • 1 cup crushed plain biscuit crumbs
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut 
  • 1 cup toasted desiccated coconut for coating (toasted in a 200’C oven for 5 minutes)


Step 1

Place apricots and orange juice into a small saucepan.

Step 2

Bring to the boil, then simmer for 2 minutes. Allow to cool before placing mixture into a food processor with lemon juice and honey, and blend to a smooth puree.

Step 3

Transfer to a bowl and mix in biscuit crumbs and coconut. If it’s too dry, add a little more orange juice.

Step 4

Roll into grape sized balls, and then roll in the toasted coconut. Chill before serving. They’ll keep for 2wks in a sealed container.


Recipe by Tony Sharpe, a qualified early childhood chef and founder of Educating Palates. Tony created many of our original recipes and has a secret talent for getting even the fussiest little eaters to love healthy food.

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