These raw treats are loved by everyone who tastes them, including the sceptical male Tweens in the family! They are moist, sweet and fruity and will keep for ages in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. They are quick and easy to make and would be a lovely gift if placed in pretty cases and a suitable box, decorated with colourful ribbon or string.
They provide a wealth of nutrients and make an excellent afternoon pick-me-up, a lunchbox treat or after-school energy hit.
Depending on the size, makes about 15.
All measurements are approximate.
Vegan, Gluten-Free & Organic.
Can be nut-free if you have a nut allergy.
10 Dried Figs, stems removed, chopped
6 Soft, Sulphur-Free Dried Apricots, chopped
(You can substitute other dried fruit but the overall flavour will be different)
1 Tbsp Orange Zest and a small squeeze of juice
1 Cup Desiccated Coconut or half and half with Almonds, freshly ground
1 Tsp Organic Maple Syrup (optional)
1/2 Tsp Ground Cardamom Seeds
A little Desiccated Coconut and/or ground Raw Sweet Apricot Kernels* or Almonds, Raw Cacao Powder*, Tiger Nut Flour* for dusting.
Process the dried fruit, then add the rest of the ingredients and process again until it all comes together.
(Here comes the lovely messy bit!)
Scoop up about a rounded tablespoon of the mixture and using your hands, shape gently into balls.
Next, roll some of them in Dessicated Coconut, ground Raw Sweet Apricot Kernels, Almonds or a little dusting of Raw Cacao Powder or Tiger Nut Flour.
Refrigerate to firm up and keep chilled in an airtight container or if they aren’t going to be gobbled up at once, keep them in the freezer.
Lick your fingers!
Copyright: Chris McGowan