Apricot white chocolate snack balls are delicious, healthy snacks that are easy to prep ahead and grab as you need them. They’re great for pregnant and nursing moms or for taking to work or school! (gluten-free, vegetarian)
I have a bit of a confession. Before pregnancy and having Queen C, I did not understand the internet’s obsession with snack balls. Or energy bites, energy balls, or whatever you choose to call them. I just didn’t get it.
Sure I liked them just fine, but I could take them or leave them. Why was everyone so obsessed?
Fast forward to when I was 8 months pregnant, and BOOM! I suddenly got it. I created a recipe for dark chocolate cherry bliss balls for a client, so I had them in my fridge and that constantly hungry preggo could not get enough of them. They were just so easy to grab when I needed nourishment, stat.
Then when Queen C was born, I made another batch of the same recipe, just to be sure they were right. And they literally saved my life. The week I came home from the hospital was the hungriest I’ve ever been in my life, and having filling, nutritious snacks available when I needed them (that I could eat with one hand) was the absolute best thing on Earth.
So I made more snack balls. Apricot white chocolate snack balls to be precise.
Y’all, this mama can’t get enough of these delicious little bites of heaven. They taste like an apricot white chocolate oatmeal cookie, but with no baking and no added sugar (except for in the white chips).
These apricot white chocolate snack balls are so perfect for new mamas. Well, they’re perfect for anyone, really. But especially new mamas because:
- They’re super filling.
- They’re super easy to grab when you’re hungry. Which is ALL. THE. TIME. Especially if you’re breastfeeding.
- They’re great for milk production!
When I was researching foods that naturally help with lactation, oats repeatedly came up (which is great since I love oatmeal!) because they contain beta-glucan, a polysaccharide that increases the breastfeeding hormone prolactin.
Flaxseed and apricots were also ones that I saw, though less frequently. Brewer’s yeast came up often, too, though there really isn’t any research to back that one up. Also, it tastes awful, so I left it out of these snack balls. (Feel free to try adding a teaspoon to this recipe, but don’t blame me if they taste bad.)
I blended up those milk-boosting foods in my food processor (I love this one from Cuisinart) with some dates, cashew butter, and white chocolate chips for a delicious snack! Even if they didn’t help with my milk supply, I knew they were still loaded with nutrients to keep me energized and keep my hunger at bay. And I could grab one or two straight from the fridge when I needed to, which is a life-saver when you’re constantly bouncing a baby in your arms!
If you’re a new mama or mom-to-be, or if you just need a quick, nutritious snack that tastes like cookies, whip up a batch of these apricot white chocolate snack balls. You won’t be disappointed! And for friends of new mamas, do her a favor and bring her a batch of these next time you see her!
Apricot white chocolate snack balls are delicious, healthy snacks that are easy to prep ahead and grab as you need them. They're great for pregnant and nursing moms or for taking to work or school! (gluten-free, vegetarian)
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup pitted medjool dates
- 1/4 cup cashew butter
- 2 tbsp flax seeds
- Up to 1/4 cup cold water
- 1/2 cup dried apricots
- 1/4 cup white chips
- Place oats in a food processor and pulse until they are finely ground. Add dates, cashew butter and flaxseed. Pulse, adding water 1 tbsp at a time, until 'dough' forms into a ball.
- Chop apricots into small chunks. Add apricots and white chips to dough and stir or briefly pulse to combine.
- Scoop mixture (I use a small cookie dough scoop) and roll into 1-inch balls.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
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