Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dried Fruits, Seeds and Nuts 'Energy' Balls


Helloooo my Lovelies.... I am back in Blogging World.
And I hope it is not too late to wish everyone a Happy 2012... 

We barely into our 1st month of the Gregorian Calender... another New Year is looming in 4 days ... Chinese New Year. Whoa... feels like eating session will carry on forever!! when will I be able to lose the kilos I piled on during Christmas....sigh 

Rabbit is surely moving out of the scene and Dragon will soon be here... which reminds me ~ I have to read about Year of the Dragon and Feng Shui...

What I love about celebrating Chinese New Year in H hometown... ~ its festive atmosphere... somehow the air smelled different... possibly due to the firecrackers blasting all night long... slight smell of sulphur still hangs heavy in the air. The distance sounds of Chinese drums and Cymbals, where the troupe performing Lion or Dragon dance, to bless houses.
Kids were the happiest at this time of the year... they get to put on new clothes, new shoes, could eat all the sweets treats to their heart content... and most of all their faces would be beaming with joy whenever they were handed angpows (red packets with $$$) by their parents, aunties, uncles...

My kids would be making a passing remark on their 'Loss' of angpows,... whenever we celebrated Chinese New Year in Perth, hehehe...  awww...too bad kiddosphbbbbt

Visiting relatives is a must during Chinese New Year, paying respect to your elders ie grandparents, uncles, aunties... and guests are served with Chinese New Year Goodies... cookies, dried fruits, mandarins and nuts along with Chinese tea.... followed by 'Steamboat' lunch. happy

Its Chinese New Year and its time to celebrate... we tend to forget about 'healthy eating' and stuff ourselves with high sugary food...  Whats left on the serving tray would be the dried fruits and some odd seeds or nuts...

And what if we mix all the 'healthy' snack left over in the serving tray?

The result would be this Energy Balls... a mix of dried apricots, candied winter melons, pepitas (or kuaci), dried dates, add black sesame seeds, honey and spiced it up with cinnamon.

Kids would not have noticed that these were made from some 'healthy' snack... adults too  winking


wishing our families, relatives, friends, followers and readers....

Have a good one big grin

Recipe (adapted from Delicious with modifications)

1 cup of almond meal
1/2 cup of oats
100g dried apricots-chopped
50g pitted dates - chopped
50g pepitas
50g candied winter melons - chopped
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
2 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup dried dessicated coconut
  1. Place the chopped dried fruits, seeds, nuts and oats in a food processor and whiz for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add cocoa powder, cinnamon and honey and whiz for another 2-3 minutes until all the ingredients comes together.
  3. Lightly moistened hand and roll into a large marble size balls.
  4. Roll the balls in the coconut to coat.