Dry fruit bites

We are a sweet loving family where the discussion for post dinner dessert is more than the dinner itself. Especially my daughter who asks what treat she will get if she finishes her meal. ๐Ÿ˜…

Although I make many sugar and jaggery based sweets which you can see in my Desserts page, this one is the healthiest any sweet can get and I can guarantee you that it will get finished off in a jiffy too. When I make these dry fruit bites, it hardly lasts couple of days. Both the kids and the kids’ daddy steal the sweet and gobble it up whenever they see the sweet box. They team up and find it even if I hide it. ๐Ÿ˜

These are the healthiest sweet because they don’t contain any form of refined sugar at all. The sweetness from dates, apricots and raisins along with the bites from nuts makes this sweet too delicious for words.

Hope you all try for your family too. Happy and healthy cooking! โค๏ธ

RECIPE:

1 Cup Dates {seeds removed and halved}

10 dried Apricots, {soaked in warm water for 5 mins}

1/4 Cup golden Raisins

1/4 Cup Cashews

1/4 Cup Pistachios, shelled

1/4 Cup Almonds

2 tsp Ghee

Step by step recipe:

1. Add dates, apricots and raisins in a mixer or food processor. Grind till it turns into a coarse paste.

Note: You can also grind to fine paste. Check notes.

2. Now finely chop all the nuts using knife or food processor. Add ghee in a pan and roast the nuts till it gives out an aroma. Do it on low flame.

3. Now remove this in a plate and fry the dates paste in little ghee for two mins till it binds together.

3. Add the roasted nuts and mix everything well. Keep mixing till they bind well.

4. Now remove to a plate. Allow to cool slightly.

5. Make small balls or rectangular shaped bites. Enjoy!

Notes:

* Store in an airtight container and refrigerate after one day at room temperature {if leftover ๐Ÿ˜…}.

* You can also finely chop the nuts in food processor which leads the nuts to get to almost powder form. Also grind the dates mixture to a fine paste. My kids love that more. I also spread it in a plate and cut into squares. Looks like this.

Dry fruit squares

* The ratio of dates, apricots and raisins to nuts is perfect in this recipe. Don’t alter. Or else you won’t get the desired texture.

*Don’t add water at while grinding both the dates mixture and nuts.

* Be careful to roast both times on low flame. Else it can turn black and get a burnt taste.

* In case you don’t have apricots, use 1 1/2 Cup Dates.

* Use 3/4 Cup nuts. It can be any of the combination of cashews, almonds and pistachios. You can skip any one or use only nut variety too.

* I do not use walnuts as my kids don’t like the flavour in this sweet.

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