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It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, an initiative that takes place within the month of October. The theme this year is “Tune In” asking Australians to tune into themselves, their senses and their communities. So, what better time to share a recipe that asks you to ‘tune in’ to your mental health via your diet! This week, we’re sharing our dietitian’s Apricot Balls for the ladies, but don’t worry guys, you’re up next week!

We know you’re probably asking yourself, “What makes this recipe good for mental health?” and the answer is simple. Zinc and selenium! Studies have shown that zinc can mimic the effects of antidepressant therapy. Meanwhile, selenium helps create antioxidant enzymes which are pivotal in preventing cell damage and supporting the immune system.

Let’s get into it!

Apricot Balls


  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • ½ cup pepitas
  • 3/4 cup raw brazil nuts
  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons of skim milk powder
  • ½ cup shredded coconut


  1. Blend cashews, pepitas and brazil nuts in a blender until combined. Empty mixture into a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Blend apricots until fine. Add apricots to nut mixture along with skim milk powder. Mix together with a spoon and add a small amount of water until desired consistency.
  3. Roll mixture into approximately 12 balls and roll into shredded coconut until coated.
  4. Refrigerate and enjoy!

Nutrition Stats

Per Serve Per 100g
Energy 760kJ 2268kJ
Protein 4.9g 14.8g
Fat 14.2g 42.6g
Saturated fat 4.2g 12.7g
Carbohydrate 7.6g 22.9g
Dietary Fibre 2.4g 7.3g
Selenium 177.4 µg 529.5µg
Zinc 1.22mg 3.6mg


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