So here is my primal response to my old holiday favourite - chocolate rumballs!
The best part about this tasty treat? Outrageous simple to make, with just a few ingredients that are easy to find and use. Huzzah!
1 cup dried apricots (whole)
1 cup walnuts
Optional extras - unsweetened dessicated coconut, raw cacao powder, vanilla extract.
(This was a mini-batch for trialling purposes, making 12 small balls. Simply scale up the amounts of each ingredient equally to create larger batches.)
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1. Place apricots and nuts in a blender (plus optional cacao and vanilla). Blend well.
2. Roll mixture into balls of desired size with hands. (Optional - roll balls in coconut to finish.)
3. Chill until required.
To test the recipe, I made a variety of options for the tester to sample - plain, plain in coconut, with cacao, and with cacao in coconut.
The Sweet Treat Expert: Ask Beau Sugarholic
"Visually appealing, with a delicious tang of sweetness. The plain balls were a little too plain, though still stimulated the taste buds. Coconut immediately added interest, and cacao perfected the rich sweetness of the treat. I certainly don't miss the added sugar.
I would recommend making a platter with half with/without cacao, all rolled in coconut. Gorgeous! Mine didn't last long enough to test this theory, but given the exposed fruit, I'd keep these boys covered in an air-tight container until serving.
To check the uniqueness of my invention, I did a quick Google search of "apricot walnut balls recipe" and got a few hits, but all of them require the unnecessary addition of condensed milk or confectioner's sugar. Pah! If my resident sugarholic gives these the nod, you know that extra sweetness is dangerously excessive. Enjoy your food the way nature intended you to (occasionally)!