I do apologise for my absence this week. Is it just me or has someone put 2013 on fast-forward? One of my reasons for not blogging this week is that I haven’t cooked anything. Truly, I haven’t. Well, I’ve made porridge and toast, but that’s about the size of it. Thank heavens for my lovely husband. I’ll share one of the amazing things he made for dinner next week, if I can pry the recipe from him.
In the meantime, here’s something I didn’t cook yesterday. After last week’s chocolate fest (why cook proper meals when you can eat cold dog biscuits?) I have been craving something that doesn’t give me palpitations when I eat it. These tangy little balls are the answer. I’m making a double batch to take to work next week, because something tells me I’m going to need them.
Apricot Energy Balls
I absolutely love these. I’m not sure where the recipe is from – the ingredients were written in shorthand, followed by ‘whiz’ (in longhand, it’s quite hard to work out otherwise) on a Post-It I found stuck to a phone bill. I figured the random nature of this find made it just the ticket for March’s Random Recipes challenge (about which you can read more here). Having eaten quite a few of these in the last day or so I think good quality apricots are essential. You need really tangy, flavoursome ones or there’s no point.
100g dates, roughly chopped
100g dried apricots, roughly chopped
40g seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin)
60g desiccated coconut
2 Tbsp honey
more seeds – about 1/2 a cup – to roll the balls in
Put everything, except the extra seeds, in a food processor and whiz until it is a slightly crumbly paste that sticks together when you press it with your fingers.
Roll large teaspoonfuls into balls, then roll them in the seeds to coat. Store in the fridge in a covered container. Makes about 20.
Have a great weekend, everyone x