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Dried Fruit Balls for Kids

Apricot, Date, Coconut and Cocoa Balls

 Dried Fruit Balls For Kids

I made these on the weekend when Mr Fresh and the boys were in the garden.

These fruit balls are quick and easy to make. They taste great and are a healthy snack option for the kids.

The bitterness of the cocoa combines well with the sharpness of the dried apricot. Smoothed by the caramel flavor of the dates and the vanilla essence I think they are a lovely combination. 

Use any dried fruit that your children enjoy, I will be experimenting and trying many other fruit combinations. In the meantime, Mr Fresh has almost finished off this whole lot – the kids barely had a taste!

Makes: 16 balls

Preparation Time: 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup of dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup of dried pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons of boiling water
  • 1/2 cup of brown rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
  • Extra 2 tablespoons of shredded coconut


    1. Put the fruit and coconut into a food processor or blender and pulse until finely chopped

    2. Add the boiling water, rice flour, cocoa powder and vanilla essence and pulse again until combined into a thick paste

    3. Using a spoon scoop out a ping pong ball size an mould into a ball

    4. Roll in the extra coconut and continue until all mixture is used

    5. Store in a container int he fridge for up to a week – if they last that long!

Roll dried fruit balls in coconut


Dried Fruit Balls









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{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Emily July 24, 2012, 10:07 am

    Mmmm, they look and sound delicious! Do you think regular flour would work? I don’t have any rice flour, nor do I have spare pantry space.

  • Erin @ she cooks, she gardens July 24, 2012, 11:37 am

    Yum, these babies are the best! I have seen them made with tahini before which was unusual (but awesome). So many options.xx

  • Jodie July 24, 2012, 12:54 pm

    Hi Krystie, Can you just use plain flour? or do you need the rice flour? Thanks

    • Kyrstie July 24, 2012, 1:45 pm

      Hi Emily and Jodie, I have not tried them with plain flour. Rice flour is lighter so if substituting then reduce the amount of flour slightly. To be honest I used the Rice Flour as it was in my pantry and I wanted to try it out! I am drying some apples and pears today and plan to test the reecipe with those next so I will give it a go with the plain flour too, I will keep you posted 🙂 K

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