These are really easy to make, have no added sugar whatsoever and taste fantastic. Wholesome, good for you and delicious, what more can you ask. The other wonderful thing about this recipe is that you can just swap ingredients out depending on what you have, for instance while I’ve used cherries, apricots, apple and pecans, you could just as easily use dates or any other dried fruit and walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds, just make sure you have the same quantities of dried fruits or nuts and it works.
If you want to omit nuts for nut allergy just replace the nuts with the same quantity of extra dried fruit, and use more coconut oil in place of the peanut butter.
This would be good to make with children but do be careful with the food processing though. They’d also make a nice gift.
- 50g dried cherries (could be sour cherries or glace cherries both will work),
- 50g dried apricots (ready to eat),
- 25g dried apple,
- 25g pecans,
- 1 tsp coconut oil,
- 2 tsp peanut butter,
- up to 50g desiccated coconut to coat the treats
Put your chosen dried fruits/nuts into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. You don’t want a purée, but you do want it to be slightly on the sticky side.
Tip the chopped fruits and nuts into a bowl, add the peanut butter and coconut oil and mix with a spoon or your hands. Children will enjoy mixing this up with their hands.
Shape the mix into small balls. The number you will get will depend on the size you go for. With my first batch I only got about 8, which didn’t seem many but they were larger than the average walnut. With the next batch I got a good deal more.
Then roll your treats in the coconut to coat them.
Store in an airtight container, if you can keep them! And that’s the challenge, they are wonderfully moreish.
- You could use sesame seeds instead of the coconut to coat these.
- Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds could replace the nuts.
- Add grated orange rind to give some extra flavour – this is really nice