After a weekend of fun entertaining for my daughters 12th birthday (wow 12!), I never go to bed until the house is back to normal for the start of another busy week. I just know for me personally I function better and think clearer when things are clean and organized. Clean bathrooms and floors, stuff in its place, laundry complete, lunches made and for the win – finish with a shower and a glass of wine (my new favourite – Baco Cabernet Sauvignon – byย House Wine Co.) after the kids are in bed. By checking this off my list it helps me feel ready for the week a head. We all have our “thing”, the small personal daily goals that we know make us feel better and more relaxed. This just happens to be mine. Perhaps you can relate ๐Ÿ™‚ (I also love Daily Greatness journals)

So, after all was said and done, (lets be serious, are we ever completely done? But let’s celebrate the small wins along the way, lol) I started thinking about snacks, haha, and was inspired to create a new recipe. Now, this cooking thing is completely a personal pleasure. Creativity inspires me in all aspects of my life and food is one of them. As a single mom it is super important to me that there is food on the table but even more importantly giving us (including myself, because we deserve it too) healthy meals and options every day. Allow your kids to explore new foods early, plant a garden and watch it grow together, try new super foods and screw up some things in the kitchen. It’s part of learning and sometimes magical things happen in the process.

This week I wanted to create a new easy guilt-free snack recipe that I know I can dip into every day when I’m literally running out the door to business meetings. But also that my kids will help themselves too every day after school. I know mine gravitate to these and also love my Nutty Matcha Energy Bites.

I found these Unsulphured, Sun Dried Apricots at Costco and couldn’t wait to give them a try. Preservative free and no sugar added, these are the most delicious dried apricots I’ve ever had. They are much deeper in colour, but I assure you the natural sweet flavour and soft texture is tantalizing on your pallet.

SWEET SNACKING APRICOT BITES

Time: About 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS

18 organic sun dried apricots
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup raw cashews
1/3 cup almonds
1/3 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
2 tsp chia seeds
2 tsp quinoa flakes
1 tsp ground flax seeds
1 orange, zest only
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp honey
1/4 cup shredded coconut, for rolling

INSTRUCTIONS

Soak the apricots and dried cranberries in boiling water about 5 minutes.

While the apricots and cranberries are soaking, place all of the other ingredients (except the last ยผ cup shredded coconut or cookie crumbs for rolling) into a food processor. Process for one minute or until finely chopped and blended.

Using a small size cookie scoop, scoop out balls of mixture. Roll between your hands to create evenly sized balls.

When all balls have been rolled, roll them again through the shredded coconut and press firmly into the balls.

Refrigerate for 15 minutes then enjoy.

Makes approximately 20 balls.

Pack these in a lid tight container and keep them in the refrigerator. You can also freeze these!