Dried fruit bites
Hankering for something sweet or need a quick burst of energy on that hike? Pop one of these dried fruit bites into your mouth to satisfy your craving deliciously and nutritiously. Dried fruit is packed with unexpected goodness. Yes, it is more caloric than fresh fruit, but by weight dried fruit contains up to 3.5 times the fiber, vitamins, and minerals of fresh fruit. Portion control is key, but that fiber will keep you sated long after your sweet tooth is satisfied. Change this recipe up by swapping in a different citrus zest and juice—lime, grapefruit, or lemon—for the orange. Use dried plums in place of the apricots or dried currants instead of raisins for variety.
Golden seedless raisins
Sweetened dried fig(s)
6 item(s), stemmed and quartered
6 medium, pitted
Dried apricot halves
Unsweetened orange juice
Sweetened coconut flakes
- In a food processor, combine the raisins, figs, dates, apricots, orange juice and orange zest. Process until the fruits are very finely chopped and the mixture begins to come together. Roll the fruit mixture into twenty 1-inch balls.
- Place coconut in a shallow bowl; roll the fruit balls in the coconut to coat. Let stand in a single layer for 2 hours before storing in an airtight container.