Apricot-Ginger Fruit Balls

Enjoy the natural sweetness of a mixture of dried fruits in these sweet bites. When choosing sugars, keep in mind that fruits give you the benefits of added vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Yield: about 20 pieces

1⁄3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
2⁄3 cup dried pitted dates (about 15 dates)
1⁄3 cup dried Mediterranean apricots (about 10 apricots)
1⁄3 cup golden raisins
1⁄3 cup dried cherries
2 tablespoons puréed apricots with mixed fruits (baby food)
2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger
1 teaspoon powdered sugar


  1. Place almonds and flour in food processor container. Cover and process until coarsely chopped. (Mixture should still be dry and not oily.) Set aside.
  2. Place all fruits and purée in microwave-safe bowl. Stir until fruit is evenly coated with purée. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH for 45 to 60 seconds or until fruit is soft and warm.
  3. Transfer fruit mixture to food processor container. Cover and process until coarsely chopped. Stir in almond mixture and ginger. Cover and refrigerate about 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  4. Form mixture into ¾-inch balls using no more than 1½ teaspoons for each.
  5. Lightly sift powdered sugar over fruit balls. If desired, place in paper candy cups.

Per Serving (1 piece):
calories: 60; 10 calories from fat
total fat: 1 g; 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat
cholesterol: 0 mg
sodium: 0 mg
total carbohydrates: 12 g;
fiber: 1 g
sugars: 8 g
protein: 1 g
vitamins: vitamin A (6% DV), vitamin C (0% DV)
minerals: calcium (2% DV), iron (2% DV)
exchanges: 1 fruit


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