Glancing wearily at the kitchen cupboards , I saw staring at me all the while glass jars filled to the brim with dry fruits and nuts. My daughters quick demand, make something healthy that can be enjoyed quickly with less than 10 minutes of notice ! Yummy delicious dry fruits barfi, bites, laddoos call them anything depending on the shape!
In less than 10 minutes they were ready , packed and she went away not knowing what a distraught but a happy mom she left behind at home. My nutritious quick fix snack done! Phew!
I almost forgot I would make these for vrat / fasting days too. I used to jokingly say fast and feast as it would be a yummy treat for those fasting too.
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup pistachios
- 32 tbsp of cashew nuts
- 3 tbsp raisins
- 2 tbsp of dates deseeded
- 3 tbsp of chopped dried figs
- 4 dried apricots
- 3 tbsp of dried coconut flakes .
Pulse all the ingredients except the dried coconut flakes in a blender till coarsely ground but not too fine.
The mixture will resemble like a sticky mass and little dry and that is the texture we need to make the balls.
Place the ground mass of mixture in a bowl and make small balls with a tight fist. The ball will form nicely as it has sufficient stickiness owing to the addition of dates, figs and apricots.
Roll the balls in dried coconut flakes which is optional but will taste great and also the bite will not be sticky. They are ready and you can store in the refrigerator which will harden them a bit.
Use your own dry fruit/nut combinations and use your imagination.
Dry fruits like cranberries , dried prunes may also be added .
I also use the bite to crumble and use in a bowl of cooked oats to give a nutty taste. Makes it even more nutritious and filling.