These fruit and nut bites make great holiday treats and gifts. Year-round, they are a great snack to keep on hand.
- cup dried fruit
- 1/2 cup nuts or seeds
- 1-2 Tbsp flavor (or less, see below.)
- 1/2 cup freeze-dried fruit (optional)
Place first three ingredients in a food processor. Use only 1 Tbsp flavor, then add more as desired. Process until the mixture sticks together between your thumb and forefinger. (You may have to work in batches – dates, then nuts – if your processor is not very strong.)
Transfer to a bowl. Grab small amount. Squeeze together in your palm, then squeeze with fingertips. Finally, roll or press into a ball about the size of a marble.
Fruit: Dates are the best for making bites that will easily roll into a ball. Apricots add a nice tangy flavor. Cranberries add a festive color. Mix any fruits until you have one cup.
Nuts or seeds: For a nut-free version, use sunflower seeds or pepitas. Nuts that work well are almonds, peanuts, cashews, pistachios, walnuts. If using a nut flour, reduce to 1/3 cup.
Flavors: Coconut, cocoa powder, candied ginger, ground ginger, cinnamon. (If using ground ginger and/or cinnamon, use 1 Tbsp of the spices combined — ie. 1/2 Tbsp ginger, and 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon).
Freeze-dried fruit coating: For festive and fun bites, place freeze-dried fruit in processor and process until powdered. Roll bites in powder. (Strawberries and raspberries make red balls.) You can also roll in coconut flakes.
This is what your date bites should look like as you work them in the food processor.
Apricot and macadamia nut (left), chocolate peanut (right)