No bake Apricot Nut Fifteens

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on March 11, 2011

For all you new readers out there, fifteens are my way of combating a hectic lifestyle.

Each fifteens recipe can be made in under 5 minutes, frozen in under 5 minutes, and enjoyed in under 5 minutes. Hence the name fifteens. [I know, I'm so clever! :P]

Fifteens give us the opportunity to take 15 minutes out of our day to marvel at our food, relax, enjoy, and reflect.

… before you take a moment to enjoy our food, check out the brownie and vanilla flavors too!

Since we’re on the topic of time, I’ve been asked by a bunch of you:

What are your tricks for preparing quick and healthy lunches?

In addition to yesterday’s post on freezable meals, here are some of my strategies for the 10 minute lunch prep:

  • Salads are your best friend. They are quick to whip up. Try making your own salad dressing and using it for the remainder of the week.
  • Precooked chicken breast. I cook up 4 chicken breasts on Sunday and slice them into strips before I place a couple of strips in a ziploc bag and freeze for quick lunch packing.
  • Veggie dip Mondays. On Monday I’ll make a big batch of veggie dip after work – something like hummus, or avocado cream sauce.
  • Throw your grains in the crock pot and forget about it. When you get home, spend 1 minute preparing rice, quinoa, or millet in the crock pot. It will be ready before you go to bed. Divide it into containers and add frozen veg.
  • Veggie sticks. When you buy your veggies, wash, cut, and bag them up! You can grab them by the handful in 10 seconds flat.
  • Canned beans are the great go-to pal. Open, rinse, add to lemon, chopped veg and oil, throw the rest in the fridge.
  • Staples. I change my staple weekly. A staple is usually the snack in between breakfast and lunch for me. It’s one recipe made in under 30 minutes on the weekend. It could be these, or something like this, or maybe this, or this, or these!

Homemade lunches have really helped me stay committed to my health. Every small bit counts. If you don’t have time to pack a full lunch, why not get into the habit of taking a homemade snack with you [like the ones below]? You’d be amazed at the difference it will make to your day.

I promise!

No bake Apricot Nut Fifteens

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free

These dried fruit balls are filled with flavor and nutrients [specifically fiber]. Fill your day with a healthful snack and take a moment to relax and enjoy the foods around you.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 3 prunes
  • 2 tbsp chia seed, ground
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup fresh coconut*

*note: you can use shredded coconut too. If you find it’s too dry, try adding 1 tsp coconut oil.

Directions

  1. Combine all 5 ingredients in a food processor and pulse until apricots and prunes have broken down [about 1 minute].
  2. Roll “dough” into balls and place on a clean surface [do not use paper towel like I did for the first batch].
  3. Pop in the freezer for 4-5 minutes to harden up [I like them best a bit frozen]
  4. Enjoy!

Nutrition stats [1 ball]: calories 182; fat 9g; carbohydrates 26g; dietary fiber 9g; sugars 11g; protein 5g

Makes 6 dried fruit balls.

Do you give yourself time to relax and enjoy your foods?

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Gina

Great tips! I’m always so busy that I rarely have time to relax and enjoy myself. But in a way, I like my active lifestyle. Btw, I received my box of goodies yesterday! :) So, so excited to try everything! Those make great snacks for lunch as well :)

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Tes

Wow this is such a perfect recipe.It sounds so simple and delicious. I can definitely eat them within 5 seconds :)

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eizel

Great idea – quick and healthy! I lov that you can keep them in your freezer so you can enjoy them throughout the week :)

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey

Yum – I love any kind of dried fruit/nut energy balls! These look awesome!

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loftyappetite

Wow it seems so simple, and I’m sure there could be a ton of variations. Maybe peanut butter? or chocolate to fulfill a craving? I love it!

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Sophie

MMMMMMMMM,….What tasty balls! So easy to make too!

Yummie food! :)

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Jaclyn and Jenn @ sketchfreevegan

I must say I am loving your blog! I might like to try the vanilla flavoured ones!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Jaclyn :) between all the flavors, I like the vanilla ones the best too.

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Gwen

How cute! I love making little snack balls. ;) These sound so simple and healthy. I’ve been meaning to try chia seeds but havnt come across any yet.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

You gotta try it! It’s also branded as Salba [white chia seeds]

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Kate @ Diethood.com

Love the name of your recipe! Very clever! :)
These bites sound wonderful!

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Kristina @ spabettie

these sound incredible! I think I’ll make some for my dinner party this weekend!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Kristina! Let me know how they go!

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Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather

I love this recipe and your fifteens concept! I try to get a treat and take a second to relax each day. I’ll be giving these a go!

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Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

5 ingredients? Nice! They look so chewy :)

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Parsley Sage

What a wonderful idea! I like the way you think…although, I find that I follow those tips more because my wallet is scandalize when I grab lunch out somewhere than for the health aspect. I’m definitely gonna give this little cuties a try. Thanks for sharing!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

Leanne, these look awesome!

I looooooove apricots! More so than even dates. I need to make these!

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A little bit of everything

Love the way you named these balls.
i bet they were wonderful. thanks for sharing

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Firefly

All of my favorite ingredients :) and there is no bake YAY love the pictures!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thank you! They are super fun to make [and eat!]

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Medeja

Thanks, I love this recipe a lot :) easy, quick and delicious, dont see any reasons not to like it :)

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Lauren

These are amazing and really helpful tips for someone such as myself!!! Thanks for sharing them. And the fifteens idea is great, and also clever as you mentioned. :)

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PoweredbyPeanutButter

The fifteens look really yummy, will have to try them out this week.

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