The aromas of orange and sweet spices will make your house smell wonderfully Christmassy if you need another prompt to make these healthy festive snacks. I’ve created these without nuts for those who have an allergy and often have to avoid plant based/energy ball-type snacks.
The Medjool dates provide that wonderful fudgy sweetness whilst the dried raisins and sultanas – steeped in orange juice – add that mince pie vibe. I usually throw in dried cranberries when making mince pies and like Biona ones as they are merely sweetened with apple juice rather than lots of sugar.
You will need a food processor to get a silky smooth melt-in-the-mouth bite.
Ingredients (makes around 15 bites)
100g stoned Medjool dates (around 5-6 dates)
50g dried cranberries
Zest & juice of 2 oranges
10g coconut oil
½-1 tsp of mixed spice
- Zest the oranges and put in a bowl with the sultanas, raisins and dried cranberries.
- Squeeze the oranges and slowly heat up the juice in a small saucepan until just below boiling point. Pour over the dried fruit; let it soak and plump up for about half an hour.
- Before blending everything up, make sure you drain the juice from the dried fruit really well – give it all a few shakes in the sieve – otherwise the mixture may be too soggy.
- Put all of the dried fruit, including the stoned dates, into the food processor with the coconut oil and 1/2 a teaspoon of the mixed spice and blend until smooth. Taste and add more spice if necessary.
- Grab small dollops of mixture, roll into balls and place on parchment paper to harden in the fridge for about an hour.