Friday, December 16, 2011

Healthy Desserts: Coconut Balls

It's nothing new that this time of year is the toughest time to eat healthily. Being surrounded by irresitable treats such as shortbread, mince pies and sausage rolls make it nearly impossible! But it's not completely impossible

A bite of these coconut balls leaves you with the taste of Christmas in your mouth yet the feeling of health in your body!

1 1/2 Cup dried mixed fruit (ie.raisins, prunes, apricots, apple, pear etc )
3/4 Cup walnuts
2 T. orange juice
Zest of one orange (about 1 tsp)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 small bag unsweetened shredded coconut


In a food processor, process raisins, walnuts, dates and apricots for 1-2 minutes or until finely chopped. Add juice and zest and blend for 1-2 minutes more. Chill mixture in refrigerator for 15 minutes. Dampen hands, form mixture into balls, and roll them in coconut. Store balls in refrigerator.

TIP: If you don't have a food processor just chop up all the dried fruit as fine as possible by hand. This will take a bit longer but so worth it!

 Enjoy, guilt free!

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