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Cocoa Apricot Balls with Blackstrap Molasses and Cranberries

      I have been dealing with low levels of iron.  When looking for a natural iron supplement at a health food store, the seller advised me to take Blackstrap molasses. Well, why not give it a try? Since it looks like honey and can be used in baking…🧐🙂

Molasses is a thick and rich syrup that remains after crystallizing from sugar sucrose. During the boiling process, several types of molasses are formed, which differ in color, consistency, taste and sugar content. The densest, darkest and most nutritious is Molasses Blackstrap, which is formed as a result of the third boil. This type of molasses contains a lot of minerals and vitamins. It is not only a source of iron but also manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium and potassium.

There are many ways to use molasses: You can use it as a sweetener to sweeten coffee or tea, drizzle pancakes, add it to yogurt or for baking. Blackstrap molasses is quite specific both in flavor and smell that’s why it tastes best when combined with different ingredients.

I decided to incorporate it in my delicious, quick and easy energy balls. These no-bake snacks are iron and nutritious loaded with ingredients such as apricot, molasses, coconut, cocoa and pumpkin seeds. Boost your iron levels and enjoy a combination of soft, chocolaty and fruity inside and crunchy seeds coating.

Cocoa Apricot Balls with Blackstrap Molasses and Cranberries

Cocoa Apricot Balls with Blackstrap Molasses and Cranberries
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 cup dried apricot (soaked for an hour)
  • 1 ½ tbsp molasses
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • 2 tbsp raw cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 50 g dark chocolate (melted)
  • 2 tbsp chopped dry cranberries (sugar free)
  • Finely chopped pumpkin seeds for coating


  1. Place drained apricots, molasses, pumpkin seeds, coconut, almonds, cocoa, salt, cinnamon in the food processor or blender.  Blend until a thick “dough” is formed and the mixture feels sticky. Add melted cold dark chocolate and pulse until well combined. Then stir in chopped cranberries.
  2.  Form walnut size balls with your hands and coat them in the pumpkin seeds.
  3. Transfer all the balls to the container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

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