Apple-Coconut Bites

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
I try to eat one apple a day, every day, whether the phrase holds true or not.
But…there’s always a but… there is one kind of apple that I can’t eat:
Red Delicious.
Red Delicious, in their raw state, will not make it anywhere near me. I just don’t like the meaty texture. But the emphasis here is on the word,”raw”.
When my dad brings apples to me, he always, and I mean always, brings me batches of Red Delicious apples, knowing that I don’t like them. I am going to make an assumption here and say that the reason why he continues to buy these for me is because he likes what I end up doing with them. He will never admit to this, but I can’t come up with any other reason as to why he persists with these apples.
Apple Coconut Bites @diethood | | #apples #coconut #truffles #holidays #christmas #dessert #recipe
When I saw the basket in front of my garage door the other day, I knew that dad was most likely craving an Apple Pie or Apple Cake, but since I just made that for us not too long ago, I looked through my recipes for apples and picked out one that I had not made in ages. This recipe was featured in one of the many Macedonian Cookbooks that I have, and it was part of their Lenten Series Recipes.
These Apple-Coconut Bites are very sweet, a bit crunchy, and extremely refreshing and delicious.
Apple Coconut Bites @diethood | | #apples #coconut #truffles #holidays #christmas #dessert #recipe

***If mixture is too wet, add more ground graham crackers***

Apple-Coconut Bites
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 30 mins

Apple Coconut Bites

Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Macedonian
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 60 kcal
Author: Katerina | Diethood
  • 4 Apples , peeled, cored and grated.
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Orange , zested and juiced
  • 1/2 cup of almonds (or any other nut that you prefer), chopped
  • 3 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. In a 2 quart saucepan combine water and sugar and bring to a boil.
  2. Cook for a minute longer and add in the grated apples.
  3. Mix in the orange zest, orange juice and the chopped nuts.
  4. Continue to cook over medium heat until the syrup has been absorbed by the apple mixture. This might take around 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool down a bit.
  6. Mix in the graham crackers before putting it in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  7. In the meantime, mix together the coconut and cinnamon, and put in a shallow dish.
  8. Pinch off a bit of the apple mixture and shape into balls by rolling between the palms of your hands. This will be a sticky situation, so if you prefer, you can use powder-free vinyl or latex gloves.
  9. Put the apple bites into the coconut mixture and roll around until coated.
  10. Place all the apple bites into a plastic container, cover, and allow to set in the refrigerator for 2 hours, or over night.
Nutrition Facts
Apple-Coconut Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 60
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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63 Responses
  1. OMG I can’t believe we both made ball shaped snacks! Love your idea Kate! Dunno that I’d use a sugar substitute but an alternative syrup to respond to Carla: Rice syrup, maybe you could get away with using less? Just a thought.

  2. But those apples looked so yummy… LOL.
    You should see my grand-dad’s apples of the year before when you have to finish the stock, they are wrinkled like shar pei dogs and inside, that’s semolina.
    The sweets look really great. And there are always apples to “use” for some reason. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. I can say that I eat two apples a day! And I think that proverb is true for me. Lucky me!
    These apple bites are perfect snacks! I can eat dozens of them!

  4. Agreed about Red Delicious. Adam devours apples but while he doesn’t completely shun the Red, definitely has a low opinion of it!. We so love your blog… delicious recipes and delightful stories of your father and family and your Macedonian back ground… we are passing the One Lovely Blog Award to you!

    Thanks for all your lovely thoughts and foods!

  5. Wow this looks great – so simple but so tasty!

    I love coconut and agree with the comment above in that I never considered blending apple with coconut.

    I can’t wait to try these.

    As an aside, I love your photography – what camera do you use (apologies if you have talked about this before :))?

    1. Oh I’m so glad to hear you say that you like my photos! Thank You! I use a Sony Cybershot DSC-H10 … here’s a link to it

      And my other “secret” is my kitchen window… I don’t have any special lighting… I have to make sure to be done with my food by 3 pm so I can take a good picture. But that’s only if it’s a nice, bright day… if it’s gloomy, then I don’t even bother with it most of the time.

  6. I can’t stand those apples raw either! This is a great way to use them. And by the way – thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog the other day, it means a lot!!

  7. I just found your blog and was thinking how great these looked and then found you too grew up on Eurocream and Tolombi!
    Can’t wait to get a bit more time and have a leisurely look.

  8. Yup, the same reason the boys won’t eat bananas….they want me to bake with them…..sigh…..The bites look and sound wonderful!! i do love coconut!Looks great Kate!

  9. Fa.Bu.Lous. They kind of remind me of those chewy coconut candies that you can get in drug stores. My mom always bought those when I was growing up!

  10. That looks so good πŸ™‚ I have some apples in the kitchen just perfect for this. Do you think yellow ones will do? They are not so sweet. Or does it have to be red kind?

  11. ronda kornfeld

    These look great, can’t wait to try after I buy some apples. Thank you so much for explaining the last of red delicious apples, it finally makes sense why I avoided them at all costs.

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