Monday, February 22, 2010

Bouncy Outside Balls and Apricot Balls

This morning has been fun. After a weekend away with family it was just nice to spend time at home. We didn't have anywhere we had to be except in the garden PLAYING! I love it when we all seem content just to enjoy our home space and the things we have.

Outside we played with the balls, bouncing them on the wall. A great gross motor skill to work on! We also played with blue coloured water in the water trough, fly swat bubble blowing (I'll post a blog on this another time), bikes and scooter riding, trampoline games, chalk drawing and small coloured balls in the baby bath. This kept us busy for a long time as we played together in the shade but what a hot day it was so eventually we came inside and made a lovely batch of apricot balls together.

From a very young age Miss M has loved eating apricot balls for morning or afternoon teas but when we've bought them from the supermarket we've found that we don't get too many, they come in a lot of packaging and cost a bit too. I decided a long time ago that I would hunt down a recipe and start making them myself. This recipe is great! We have used it ever since Miss M was little and now Miss H (aged 1) loves it also. It makes stacks of apricot balls, they keep well in the freezer and are delicious. Let me share the recipe with you.

Apricot Balls

You will need...

1 1/2 cups apricots (finely chopped)
1/2 cup condensed milk
1 cup of dessicated coconut + some extra for rolling

Put the apricots through a food processor until they are finely chopped.
Mix all the ingredients together.
Using clean hands, roll the mixture into little balls and dip in the coconut until they are coated.
Best step of all - EAT!

You won't want to stop at one, as Miss M could tell you. These apricot balls make fantastic additions to kindy or school lunches, as long as they are accompanied by an ice-brick. Both my girls are able to help with this recipe because it is simple to do. You may have an older primary school aged child and they should be able to do most of the steps by themselves. (except for using the food processor)

Enjoy using this recipe.


andrewkathryn said...

They look so yummy Amanda! I wish I could make them, but we are a coconut free house due to allergies :( Somethings I can replace coconut with other things but I don't know what it could be replaced with for apricot balls.

Busy Brissy Mum said...

I can't even think of a suitable substitute Kathryn. Looking forward to your next blog post.


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