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Fruit Balls II (P, TNT)
Source: The working title of my cookbook is: "The 'I Love Shabbos' Cookbook - Heavenly Sabbath Meals for Down-to-Earth Cooks."
Yield: 64 candies

Step 1:
150g (5 oz.) dried apricots (approximately 24)
150g (5 oz.) dried dates (approximately 18)
150g (5 oz.) dried figs (approximately 8)
1/2 cup seedless raisins
1 cup hulled (unsalted) sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or other nuts)

Step 2:
2/3 cup coconut flakes
1 tbsp. zested orange rind

Step 1:
Grind together with a mincer, using the large-hole disk. Alternatively, if you have a very good quality food processor, you may use the steel blade, mincing thoroughly until it rolls into a ball.

Knead briefly, then mold into a flat square by pressing well into a greased 8" square pan or plastic container. Flatten with the bottom of a drinking glass or bottle, pressing the mixture into uniform thickness.

Use a spatula to lift up one edge, then gently turn out onto cutting board, all in one piece. Cut into 1" squares.

Step 2:
Combine coconut and orange rind in a bowl. Toss squares lightly to coat. Serve at room temperature in crimped paper liners.

Poster's Notes:
Wrapped, these candies store well. For best results, garnish with coating on the same day you wish to serve. The fresh orange zest offers a delightful color and fragrance, but will dry within a day or so.

You can play around with the amounts and variety of fruit and nuts, the above is a guideline which has excellent results.

These treats are full of nutrition, easy to make (no cook) and can be a fun project for the kids to do themselves.

Posted by Ruth Baks

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A