tropical fruit & nut balls

25th January 2015

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We visited this piece of paradise in December last year as my partner’s friend had decided to celebrate his 50th there. What a wonderful place to mark a milestone.

A perfect place to slow the pace down, relax, rejuvenate……..to do whatever one desires. Ahhh, to be back there……and it looks like this will happen just after my 50th milestone.

Until then, these Tropical Fruit and Nut Balls (inspired by many variations of the Bliss Ball/Energy Ball floating around) can provide a bit of the tropics into my day.  Coconut, apricots, goji berries, pistachios, almonds are the basis for this version. Any combination of preferred dried fruit and nuts can be substituted. I have experimented with a variety of ingredient ratios, and I think this recipe provides a perfect balance of nuts, fruit and base.IMG_7290a tropical island getaway

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IMG_7246blue skies, golden sands, fluffy white clouds, mirrored waters……..

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Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia

tropical fruit & nut balls

Makes about 20 balls

1 cup dried apricots

2 cups shredded coconut

3/4 cup almonds (can use almond meal if prefer)

1/4 cup pistachios

1/4 cup goji berries

1 tab chia seeds (optional)

1 tab maple syrup/honey

3 tab unrefined coconut oil

desiccated coconut, for rolling balls

Add all ingredients (minus the desiccated coconut) to a food processor.  Pulse till mixed and a fine, crumb forms. You may need to stop and scrape down the mixture a few times, depending on the quality of the machine. Taste and test texture. Add more maple syrup/honey if prefer mixture to be sweeter. If the mixture is too dry/crumbly, add more coconut oil.

Roll into small balls, then in the desiccated coconut. Chill and store in the fridge in an airtight container.

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