Maybe you still have a family gathering to go to? Is there another party on your calendar? These are tasty little balls of wholesome goodness you could take to serve. I pop one in my mouth every time I walk through the kitchen. Brad, on the other hand, wrinkles up his nose at the thought of them. And the kids? They spit them out with great vim and vigor. I have no idea what ails all of them. These things are delicious!
Recipe from my Grandma Miller
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup craisins
1/2 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup pitted prunes
1/2 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup orange juice
1 8-oz jar almond butter
about 3/4 cup almond meal (ground up almonds…you can make your own in a food processor)
Toast the almond meal in a skillet. Stir it frequently until just beginning to brown and smell really delicious. Cool on a plate.
Grind up the dried fruit with a food grinder or food processor. Mix the mush with the orange juice and almond butter. Take a 3/4 to 1 inch ball and roll it in the toasted almond meal. Repeat with remaining fruit mixture. Store in a container between layers of wax paper. I don’t know how long they keep but I’d imagine at least a week.
Yield: I forgot to count…maybe 75 balls?