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)
* 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

* 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?

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