My 4 year old loves the little mini fruit balls you can buy from the fruit and vegetable section of the supermarket. Pity they cost and arm and a leg to buy and are filled with all sorts of nasties. Now we don’t have the most perfect diet in the world but if I can avoid some of the additives and save a tonne of money I’m happy. I make Apricot Balls all the time which or mostly a hit so thought Id experiment a little.
The beauty of these is its only a few ingredients and it makes a lot. If you try them and your child doesn’t like them try adding a little dried apple to the mix. I find that it sometimes helps with the flavour for younger kiddies as some dried fruits can be quite strong in flavour.
I have used a tiny bit of honey to sweetened some of them as they were a little tart in my testing round. I have also added dates for some extra sweetness and honey. I have just used pitted dates but you can use medjool dates if preferred. These can be quite sweet so if using this I would hold off on the honey. Make the batch and taste test a little. If you want it sweeter than add a little honey.
You can use any dried fruit for these. These are just the fruits I had available and knew the kiddies would eat (well I took a gamble with the cranberries. turns out they aren’t a fan!). Use a variety to get a rainbow affect. Dried blueberries, semi dried banana, paw paw, mango, peaches are all ones that would work well.
In terms of cost I worked out that these cost me just shy of $5.00 for just over 350g of balls with purchasing the ingredients at the supermarket. Bulk buying places would be much cheaper.
These are a great snack to have in the fridge for afternoon tea or to include in the lunchbox. More lunchbox ideas can be found by clicking here.
Below is both the thermo way and traditional way to make these.