Easy Snacks... Nutritional Snacks... Yummy Snacks... Allergy-Friendly Snacks!

I had a friend visit me a year or so ago and she brought with her some fruit balls - they were allergy friendly, and rather scrummy; but they had sugar in them. I have been on a bit of a mission since then to try and recreate these scrumptious morsels, with less or no sugar; and I think I have have finally found the secret!

So let me share with you my fruit ball recipe!


Above: Prune and Date Balls

250g dried fruit of your choice (I love apricots, or prunes - above is the first time I have tried dates)!
1/4-1/2c of honey (pref raw) and/or coconut oil - this all depends on how sweet you like things, prunes for example don't need sweetening; however apricots can sometimes require a little extra. I also gage how much to use depending on how moist the fruit is - prunes only require 1/4c of coconut oil, but the apricots require a whole 1/2c and I halve it between coconut oil and honey. Just have a play and see what you like here...
Rind of one lemon or orange
2 tbsp of juice from the above fruit (in the above recipe I actually used no coconut oil or honey; however I juiced the whole orange rather than just using the 2tbsp... again, just play and see what works best for you)
1/2c of coconut, plus extra for rolling in

Put everything into the food processor except the coconut, process until smooth; then add the 1/2c of coconut, and process until firm... you may need to use a little bit more coconut here.

Roll into small balls (can make up to 20 or so, depending on the size you make them); roll them in the extra coconut and then keep in the fridge.

Enjoy!

Nut and Seed Balls


250g nuts and seeds (I use sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds)
2tbs of linseed
1/2c honey or coconut oil (I used half of each in the above recipe)
Rind and juice of 1 lemon or orange (have only ever tried this particular recipe with orange)
1/2c coconut and extra to roll in

Grind the seeds and nuts first if at all possible... I have tried this in my food processor, and while it was okay - it didn't grind the best. The above time I ground them in my Mother-In-Laws Magic Bullet first; SO MUCH BETTER!

Then throw it all in the food processor together, and process until firm enough to roll... again, depending on how moist your honey and/or coconut oil are, you may need to add more coconut.

Roll into small balls (can make up to 20 or so, depending on the size you make them); roll them in the extra coconut and then keep in the fridge.

* Please note, these taste very 'strongly' of nuts and seeds, it doesn't do a lot for me; but my husband loves them! So they may not be to your taste, however my Mum has suggested that next time I add either:
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger

I think I'll start with 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg together, and see what I think; but I love ginger as well - so will try that another time. IF you try any of these combinations, then please tell me what you think, I'd be very interested to hear!!!!

Hope you enjoy these recipes!

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