Tropical Fruit Bites
My sweet tooth has a mind of its own. It can’t be tamed, it shows up at the most unlikely of times, and it won’t stop nagging me until it gets exactly what it wants. No matter how large my lunch or dinner, I continue to be hungry until I have eaten something sweet. It’s quite the phenomenon, even after 2 servings of Thanksgiving dinner I’m still hungry and craving pumpkin pie.
Energy balls have been a great solution to this problem. They are small and healthy so I don’t have to feel guilty about indulging, even after a big meal. It’s a victory for both my waist line and my sweet tooth. After spending the last few months eating my way through batch after batch of my Apple Pie, Coconut & Ginger and Banana Bread energy balls (I was obsessed!) I decided it was time to experiment with a fruitier version. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to these Tropical Fruit Bites…
They taste like candy. No really, they do. It’s actually a problem to be honest as once I eat one its hard to stop. With the flavours of mango, apricot and coconut these taste like tropical candy but without all of the fake sweetness and artificial flavouring. They are incredibly easy to make and can be stored in the fridge for a few weeks or in the freezer for a few months (I prefer eating them when they are slightly cool). Unfortunately my other energy ball recipes all contain nuts so this is a great alternative for those with nut allergies. Although I cut these into small 1 inch squares you could also make them into longer rectangles the size of a granola bar for occasions when you want a bigger snack (or, if like me you are addicted, this will cut down on endless trips to the fridge to take “just one more”).
If you make this recipe let me know in the comment section below, I would love to hear what you think or take a photo and tag me (@everylastbite_) on Instagram, I love seeing your photos!
Tropical Fruit Bites
- 1 1/2 cups naturally dried mango diced
- 1 cup naturally dried apricots diced
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend for 2-3 minutes until the dried fruit has broken down into crumb sized pieces and all of the ingredients are clumping together into a ball
- Remove the ingredients and place in an 8 x 8 inch baking pan. Firmly flatten the mixture evenly across the pan, it should be approximately 1/2 an inch in thickness
- Place the pan in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour but preferably overnight to allow the mixture to harden and become easier to cut.
- Once firm to the touch, cut into squares. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for a week or in the freezer for over a month
these look yummy and nice for the holidays!
I’m definitely planning on trying these!!! One question, The dried fruits?, are they sweetened or unsweetened?
Hi Yvette- the dried fruit I use in this recipe has no added sugar (so unsweetened). Thanks for the question, i’ll add that info to the recipe. If you make them I would love to hear how it goes!
I just found out I’m pregnant so was looking for easy to make foods I could eat anytime so I landed t your website. So few questions:
Can I use fresh mango?
Where can I find dried mango and apricots?
Is this recipe safe to eat during pregnancy?
Any other recipes I can make that will help in the pregnancy?
Hi Kavita, congratulations on your pregnancy! Thats very exciting! Unfortunately fresh mango contains too much liquid to work in this recipe. You should be able to find unsweetened dried apricots and mango at your groccery store in the section where they sell nuts or in a health food store. Unfortunately I do not know a lot about prenatal dietary requirements but I believe that eating whole foods which are not processed is recommended, and in that case most of the recipes on this site would be suitable for you.
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Hi Carmen! Have you tried adding nuts to these? I’m thinking it would be good to up the protein a bit, but am uncertain of what nuts would taste best. Macadamias would be awesome, I’m sure (expensive, tho). Maybe cashews? What do you think?
Macadamia or cashews would be delicious in these and give them a nice crunch. Let me know how they turn out!