Dried fruit balls

May 9, 2013  • 

I am not sure how or why it happened, but I suddenly found my fridge,  freezer and cupboard  bursting with packages of dried fruits and nuts. These are the solution; made in minutes and perfect for a breakfast on-the-go or a case of the munchies at eleven PM. INGREDIENTS:

  • 2  cups assorted dried fruits ( I used figs, prunes and apricots)
  • 1/2 cup roasted nuts ( I used pistachios and almonds)
  • 1/4 cup grape molasses or honey (add more if the paste is too stiff)
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut 

METHOD: 1. Place the fruits and nuts in the bowl of a food processor; run the machine and add the molasses or honey to obtain a thick paste. Either form the paste into balls or pat onto a brownie pan. If balls are used, dip in the coconut. Otherwise, sprinkle coconut all over the pan; dry out for a couple of hours and cut into bars. Balls can be kept in the fridge in a box. 

NOTE: If your fruits are too dry, you can soak them in a little hot tea or liqueur to plump up for a couple of hours; also, if you don’t want to do this, you can add a touch more of honey or molasses to make the mixture hold together better. 


une belle rose

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  1. Rosa says:

    A delicious treat!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. Joan Nova says:

    This looks like a wonderful treat!

  3. SYLVIA says:

    A nice variety to my cookie tray.

  4. Nutsaboutfood says:

    Love these for a healthy snack!

  5. Lisa the Gourmet Wog says:

    Your balls look delicous! Inspired me to make my own 🙂

  6. Anusha says:

    A great treat for those after meal snack cravings

  7. sippitysup says:

    I too tend to accumulate dried fruit. GREG

  8. Susan says:

    Let’s see, I think I have dried apricots and figs, I know I have nuts. I just need to pick up some coconut. Can’t wait to try these, Joumana!

  9. Musing Mar says:

    Such a good idea for all those bits of dried and fruit and nuts that seem to accumulate. There always seems to be just a bit left over after buying them for a particular recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. domi says:

    Des petites balles pleines d’énergie et d’une surprenante finesse…

  12. twbarritt says:

    I love it – and I’ll bet it would be fun to try different types of dried fruit, too!

  13. Oui, Chef says:

    I am SO going to teach these treats at my next Cooking Matters class….brilliant! I’ll give you full credit, of course!

  14. Rahel says:

    Just yesterday I made something similar- although with petit beurres and sesame. I thought I would like to skip the petit beurres- next time I will try your recipe! Thanks.

  15. Scotia says:

    I made these today and I must say how wonderful they are! I used figs, prunes, apricots, dates, cherries, golden raisins and candied ginger (yes, I cleaned out my tin of dried fruits!) and plumped them in warm water for 30 minutes. I used the pistachios and almonds and only had to use 1 1/2 – 2 T of Lytle’s Golden Syrup (cane sugar), because the fruits were nice and soft, and unsweetened grated coconut. Oh my, thank you, thank you, thank you!
    I think there will be some this next year geared to where I live, the PNW. Maybe cherries, blueberries, cranberries, figs, prunes, apricots, hazelnuts and walnuts?

    • Joumana says:

      @Scotia: My pleasure! You are in a wonderful area and yes, I would take advantage of the bounty of fruits you are getting there~:)

      @Advia: The dried fruits are stiff to begin with, I added a little bit of nuts and the molasses to give it moisture; I probably ran the machine for 30 seconds; if you are worried about it getting puréed, just use the pulse and stop every 5 seconds.

  16. Adva says:

    There are pieces of fruit and nuts int he picture. Do you run the food processor for a very short period of time? how do you keep everything from getting puree’d? (I’m sure it tastes great nevertheless). Thank you!

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