8.11.12

Fruit and Nut Balls.


With the end-of-year social calendar filling up very quickly, I am starting to think about food. Term break-ups and Christmas parties usually involve 'taking a plate'. Depending on the occasion, my never-fail 'plates' almost always include a cheesecake of some description, some form of slice or biscuit, something nutty or something savoury.

This year, I'll be adding to my repertoire with these easy-to-make fruit and nut balls.


(Recipe by moi)
Ingredients:
* 1 cup nuts (I used 1/2 cup 'Lucky' slivered almonds and 1/2 cup 'Lucky' walnuts)
* 1/2 cup pitted dates
* 1/2 cup dried apricot
* 1/2 cup apple
* 2 tbspn cocoa
* 1 tspn vanilla
* 1/4 cup dessicated coconut
* water/apple juice if required

Method:
* Mix all ingredients (except coconut) in a food processor.


* If mixture is too dry, add a little water or apple juice.
* Roll the mixture into small balls and then roll in the coconut.
* Refrigerate.


The fruit and nut balls are a nice alternative to the usual chocolate/rum/apricot balls that often do the rounds at Christmas functions. The fruit ensures the sweetness, so there is no need for any extra sugar, and the nuts give them a nice flavour and texture. Best of all, they are healthy!

Now, I am particularly fussy when it comes to nuts/fruits/vegetables. I only use quality products in my cooking/baking - which is where Lucky comes in. They offer a range of quality products - (including almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pine nuts, macadamias, sunflower seeds and pepitas) - to add some extra nutrients and flavours to your cooking, which means that with the end-of-year and Christmas events, there is no excuse for boring food!

The great range of nut products available from Lucky.

What are you baking for Christmas?

Disclosure:
This post was made through Nuffnang's Product Talk and I received a gift bag of Lucky Nuts in exchange for review.