Recipe: Mixed Fruit and Nut Power Balls

Am I a child if typing the title of this blog made me laugh? Don’t answer that.

While occupying his time in Anthropology as I rummaged through the sale room, Alex found a Martha Stewart cookbook ‘Clean Slate.’  He was drawn in by the beautifully staged photos, healthy buzz words, and Martha Stewart’s signature allure. We scoffed at the price, went home and ordered it on Amazon.

“Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide,” is for anyone wanting to hit the reset button and establish a more rewarding approach to food.”

Ahead of our trip to Costa Rice in December, Alex and I are aiming for our wedding beach bods – lord help me. This is our first step.

I won’t go into all the plant based, no dairy details, but I did want to share a tasty snack I modified a bit. The Power Balls or as Martha calls them, ‘Dried Fruit and Nut Bites.’

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups mixed dried fruit
  • 2 cups raw mixed nuts and seeds
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/3 cup raw shredded coconut

The recipe calls for a pinch of cinnamon (which I was not in the mood for) and sesame seeds instead of coconut. I went with coconut because it felt right. That’s about it.

For the dried fruit, I went with dates, golden raisins, and a dried fruit medley purchased atr Lucky’s Market which contained pears, apples, prunes and apricots. Be sure you’re getting no sugar added fruit!

For the nuts I went with what I had in the house: pine nuts, walnuts and dry roasted almonds.

  1. In a food processor, pulse dried fruit; transfer to a bowl.

  2. Pulse nuts and seeds until finely chopped and add to dried fruit with a pinch of salt.

  3. Knead together and form 1-inch balls.

  4. Put a pinch of coconut in your hands and press it into each ball after they have been formed.

The results are a tasty salty sweet snack packed with energy and fiber.

They keep up to 5 days at room temp.

They kind of taste like you’re eating your grandma’s version of candy, but in a good way!

What are your favorite healthy and filling snacks.

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