Monday, February 27, 2012

Coconut Balls

Winter has officially returned.  It's brought the cold and snow back with it.  No more cheating with my summer shoes in February for this girl.  It's probably a good thing, too.  This out-of-season weather was throwing off my routine.  Everyone has, it seems.  My walks have been canceled, or postponed.  My workouts have been pushed in place of other things (like a skate on the canal, or walking my first 1/2 marathon distance of 2012!!, or smaller workouts at home.) But now, it's time to get back to business.  And that means workouts & workout snacks!

Coconut Balls
Makes: 10 - 12 balls, about 1-inch in size

1/2 cup raisins
3/4 cup walnuts
1/2 cup dried pitted dates
1/2 cup dried apricots
2 Tbsp orange juice (could get away with less, for firmer balls)
1 tsp orange zest
small amount of unsweetened, shredded coconut

In a food processor, pulverize raisins, walnuts, dates, and apricots for one to two minutes, or until finely chopped. 

Add juice and zest.  Blend for one to two minutes until mixture clumps together.

Place about 1/2 cup coconut on a plate.  Dampen hands with water, then form mixture into 1-inch balls and roll them in coconut.

 Store balls in refrigerator.

Source: Best of Clean Eating Magazine, page 152.

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