Almond Fruit Balls
Give a sweet treat with these perfectly portioned and easy to make ahead Almond Fruit Balls.
Serves: 24, 1 ball = 1 serving
1 cup whole natural almonds, toasted*
1 pkg. (6 oz.) mixed dried fruit bits
1 1/2 Tbs. honey
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 1/2 Tbs. orange-flavored liqueur
Preparation:Place almonds in bowl of food processor fitted with steel blade; process until finely chopped. Add fruit, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pulse on and off a few times, then process to make a rough paste. Add liqueur and process to make a firm, sticky paste. (Add more liqueur, a few drops at a time, if needed to make a slightly moist dough.) Shape into 1-inch balls, rolling between palm of hands. Pack loosely in airtight container with waxed paper between layers. Serve as confections or as dessert with coffee or tea. These make a nice gift, packed in an attractive tin or box.
*To toast almonds, spread in an un-greased baking pan. Place in 350-degree oven and bake 5 to 10 minutes or until almonds are lightly brown; stir once or twice to assure even browning. Note that almonds will continue to brown slightly after removing from oven. These fruit balls are low in saturated fat and very low in sodium.
Nutrition Info: Calories 58; Fat 3 g; Sat Fat 0.2 g; Mono Fat 1.9 g; Poly Fat 0.6 g; Protein 1 g; Carb 7 g; Fiber 1 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 2 mg; Calcium 19 mg; Potassium 102 mg; Vitamin E 0.3 mg
Recipe Reproduced with Permission of The Almond Board of California