Fruit and Nut Balls

I mentioned in a recent post that I was trying to find new alternatives for sweets that use little or no refined sugar.  These little nuggets of goodness will make you feel so much better about snacking!  I found and adapted a recipe from the Whole Living Detox Plan.  Don’t let that scare you–these are worth a try and are a great pick me up.

These fruit and nut balls take about 10 minutes to whip up and I imagine they would be a great “cooking” project if you have little ones–they can help you to make the crumbles into balls and roll the balls in sesame seeds or coconut.

This recipe is extremely versatile.  I used dates, prunes, raisins, and figs for the fruit.  For the nuts/seeds I used walnuts, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, flax seed, and pumpkin seed.  Next time I will try with just dates and walnuts or almonds because I love the combination so much.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mixed dried fruit
  • 2 cups mixed nuts and seeds
  • 1 TBSP nut butter (almond, peanut, cashew).
  • Cinnamon
  • Course Salt
  • 1/3 cup raw sesame seeds or unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, pulse dried fruit; transfer to a bowl.
  2. Pulse nuts and seeds until finely chopped.  Add 1 tablespoon of peanut, cashew, or almond butter to the food processer.  Add the chopped fruit, a dash of cinnamon and a pinch of salt.  Pulse to combine.
  3. Grab small handfuls–about 2-3 tablespoons.  Form 1-inch balls; roll each ball in sesame seeds or in shredded unsweetened coconut.  Refrigerate in an airtight container to harden slightly.  Can also be kept on counter.
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