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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Apricot Coconut Balls





3/4 cup walnuts or pecans
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut (plus extra for rolling)
1 cup chopped dried apricots
1 cup raisins
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tbsp grated organic orange rind
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Combine and cover apricots, raisins, vanilla extract, orange juice and rind in a bowl for 1-2 hours to allow fruit to soften
In a food processor or blender, finely chop the mixture with the coconut and nuts
Form mixture into small balls and roll in extra coconut
Let dry on parchment paper overnight or for atleast 8 hours until firmer
Nutritional Benefit
Apricots are full of beta-carotene and fiber, and can also help protect the heart and eyes. Raisins contain the trace mineral boron, which can improve bone health, especially in women with osteoporosis after menopause. Walnuts are high in phenols and vitamin E and should be consumed in whole form, including the skin for maximum benefit.

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