If you’re looking for an easy treat to satisfy your sweet tooth during Lent, try this recipe for Apricot-Walnut Bites. Pitted dates add a natural, sticky sweetness which would otherwise come from brown sugar.
Remember, Lent is all about moderation, so don't eat these all at once!
Apricot - Walnut Bites
Yields about 12, depending on the size
6 oz. dates, pitted and coarsely chopped**
1 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped** (Note any other dried fruit may be substituted)
1 cup walnut pieces
Optional coating: powdered sugar or additional finely chopped walnuts
**Note: Coat the knife with vegetable spray before chopping the dates and apricots. This will make the task easier.
Place the chopped dates, apricots and walnut pieces in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until ingredients are finely chopped and will stick together.
Roll mixture into a large ball. Pinch-off pieces and roll into 1-inch balls.
If you wish, you can roll the balls into powdered sugar or additional finely chopped walnuts.
Serve immediately or store the balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator.