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Apricot Treats

Apricots are very good for you. Just three fresh apricots provide 30 percent of the recommended daily amount for beta-carotene (Vitamin A). Apricots also provide Vitamin C, iron, potassium, and fiber among other nutrients.

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Makes 20 servings

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups wheat bran
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cups pecan halves, broken
  • 1 cup almonds, coarsely chopped or slivered
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup honey, melted
  • 1 1/3 cup dried apricots, quartered (one 6-ounce bag)
  • 3/4 cup raisins

Apricot Oat Nut Snack Mix

  1. Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine rolled oats and next six ingredients; toss well.
  3. Drizzle oil over mixture and toss until coated.
  4. Drizzle melted honey and continue tossing until coated, mixture should be clumpy.
  5. Divide mixture onto two cookie sheets, spreading evenly. In top third of oven, bake 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven; stir with wooden spoon, mixing thoroughly.
  7. Continue to bake 30 minutes more, stirring every 10 minutes.
  8. Return snack mix to bowl; add dried fruits. Toss gently and cool.
  9. Can be stored for two weeks in airtight containers or frozen up to two months.

Makes 3 dozen balls

  • 1 1/2 cups whole, unsalted almonds
  • 2 cups dried apricots
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1/2 cup sweetened, shredded coconut

Coconut-Apricot Truffles

  1. Blend all ingredients until a dough-like ball is formed.
  2. Roll into 1-inch balls.

 

 

Makes about 3 dozen sugar plums

  • 1 cup pecans or sunflower seeds
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted prunes
  • powdered sugar or shredded coconut, optional

Sugar Plum Recipe

  1. Place all the ingredients except the powdered sugar or coconut in a food processor.
  2. Pulse the mixture three to four times to combine, then process until a paste forms - about four or five minutes.
  3. Transfer the paste to a mixing bowl and form the sugar plums by rolling about two tablespoons of the paste in the palms of your hands until a round ball forms.
  4. Roll in the powdered sugar or shredded coconut

 

 

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