In addition to being a good source of vitamin A, potassium, and fiber, dried apricots are a staple I wanted to reintroduce into our home as good sources of iron (even if plant-based, non-heme iron). Now that we have an infant who eats table foods and needs additional sources of iron in her diet, I bought a bag of the unsweetened, unsulphured dried apricots at Trader Joe's to experiment with.
These energy bites were my first attempt with the apricots, and immediately a hit with our 2.5 year old. I am still playing around with ways to offer these apricots to our infant, but these make a perfect snack for older kids who are more competent in self-feeding. I would not advise these energy bites for infants, due to the chopped nut nature of the walnuts. They may be appropriate for toddlers though depending on their exposure to small pieces of nuts. As always, supervise your child(ren) when eating.
Apricot Walnut Energy Bites
Veggies and Virtue
15 bites, depending on size
- 1 cup walnuts, lightly roasted
- 1/2 dates, pitted
- 1 1/2 cup dried apricots, unsweetened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 Tablespoon flax seeds
- 1/2 cup Dried, unsweetened coconut
- In food processor with chop blade in, pulse walnuts.
- Add dates and dried apricots. Continue to pulse into everything is in small pieces.
- Add vanilla and flax seeds. Pulse until ingredients start to stick together and a ball forms within the food processor.
- When finished chopping/mixing, carefully remove the blade.
- Form mixture into small, 1/2-1-inch balls. Roll each in dried, unsweetened coconut.
- Store in an air-tight container for up to one week. May freeze leftovers for a future time.