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Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Mon, 30th Nov '09 2:03 PM


Yikes! The holidays are upon us. Lots of goodies from here on out...though the New Year holiday! Yes, the goodies...and good lawdy, the fat and calories are an additional bonus!

I started the first of my holiday baking today...except this recipe needs no baking! I found the recipe under the heading of "Candies & Snack Bites" within the low fat life style website (link is below) I made several "batches"... each batch is different, so no worries if you don't like apricots! However, if coconut is not your thing, steer clear of this recipe.
Also, I used the alternate suggestion shown as the COOKS NOTE...I've added other notes at the end of the recipe.

This is the recipe as it appears at

Apricot Coconut Balls
These little fruit balls are great on party trays at gatherings.

• 8 ounces dried apricots, finely chopped
• 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
• 1/4 cup nonfat sweetened condensed milk
• Additional coconut, for rolling*

In a food processor chop apricots and coconut until thoroughly combined.
Add the 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk; process until combined.

Pour the mixture into a dish; refrigerate until firm (about 30 to 45 minutes).

While mixture chills, place wax paper on a baking sheet; set aside. Place additional coconut in a shallow bowl.
When apricot mixture is chilled, shape into balls (about 1-inch in diameter).
Roll in coconut; place on wax paper.
Refrigerate until firm.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

COOKS NOTE: May also use finely chopped toasted nuts to roll in.

Per Ball: 92 Calories; 3g Fat (24.2% calories from fat); 2g Saturated Fat; 1g Protein; 17g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 28mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Fruit; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

** You do not need a "food processer"...I've always found that to be a daunting term and this recipe just doesn't call for a kitchen appliance of that proportion! I used my mini-chopper...perfect for this recipe.

** The recipe states to "shape into balls about one inch in diameter." I decided to give that size a test run. I found one tablespoon of the concoction was too much, a teaspoon too little...somewhere in between is perfect!

** I made the first batch with apricots, but did not roll the "bites" into additional coconut. I used the COOKS NOTE and used walnuts. However, I did not finely chop. I toasted walnuts in a dry skillet, stirring until nicely toasted....then pulsed into a fine grind.

*** I am a fruit-a-holic and use a lot of dried fruit in a lot of recipes...from salads to main dishes and everything in between. I always have several varieties on hand. I made one batch using dried cranberries, another with dried blueberries and a third with dried cherries..I.rolled each batch in walnuts.(All are divine!).

*** I will let you know how the candy behaves after freezing...test run tonight and will advise!

My test kitchen is in the front office staff of the senior community where I reside. I took three of each flavor...the variety of colors looked great, placed on a piece of plastic wrap, which I pulled up around the bites, gave a small twist and tied
with green gift ribbon. I then delivered one to each lady...they always break into a big smile when they see me walking up bearing gifts!

Perhaps there are people you want to remember with a little something at Christmas, this tasty treasure might be one to try!

I'm thinking it would be fun to share recipes within this thread. If you have a favorite recipe, please do and if you don't, why not browse through the low-cal dessert section at the website to share!

Again, check it out at -

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Mon, 30th Nov '09 2:07 PM

I will try it Summer, don't like apricots what about dates or almond paste dunno? Love to bake and cook, recipes forthcoming. Please, keep this thread going, bake cookies with family every year. We could exchange possibly via mail. I would love to send something to ya great lady! Send me a PM. Love Steph

Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Mon, 30th Nov '09 2:11 PM

Dates? Now you are talking lady!!!!! I am of the opinion...any dried fruit will work. Not sure about the almond paste though, think that might make the bites a little gooey...not that gooey is bad, but may not be a texture that works! Thanks for the input!

Garrybl  (Level: 275.9 - Posts: 6610)
Mon, 30th Nov '09 2:32 PM

Dont like apricot and hate coconut... could you make it without both of these?


Gypsylady  (Level: 141.0 - Posts: 6037)
Mon, 30th Nov '09 2:45 PM

This is a great website with many categories and ethnic recipes. They are easy to follow and print. Lynne has dedicated it to her two children who she lost. It is one of the best recipe sites I have found on the Internet along with beautiful music. Hope you like it, and thanks Deedee for starting the thread.


Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Mon, 30th Nov '09 2:56 PM

Barry...I know I tend to, I am wordy, but part of the answer is in the recipe. This is very much a versatile recipe and I will do some research as to an alternative to the coconut.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Mon, 30th Nov '09 3:44 PM

I can vouch for the apricot balls recipe. I usually make them along with Peanut Butter Balls (taste a lot like peanut butter cups).

Substituting figs or dates sounds like a grand idea. Barry, would you go for chopped pecans/walnuts instead of coconut?

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Mon, 30th Nov '09 3:46 PM

Marilyn thanks for the link on a wonderful website. Is she a sploofus member, just wandering, anyway I am always looking for recipes great site. I am going to try Summer's recipe for the apricot balls, only I am going to use dates. I love coconut so it sounds great. I have a pulse chopper so that will be perfect.

Gypsylady  (Level: 141.0 - Posts: 6037)
Mon, 30th Nov '09 6:04 PM

Thanks, Stephanie! No, Lynn is not a member of Sploofus that I know of. I just stumbled on the site looking for a certain recipe and thought it was sad about her losing 2 of her children, and I loved the site.


Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Mon, 30th Nov '09 6:08 PM

Good suggestion Pep. I did use toasted, ground walnuts instead of the coconut in which to roll each candy bit. I thought the coconut was just a bit of an overkill used inside and out. I'm wondering if the mixture of sweetened condensed milk, a chopped dried fruit and ground walnuts would hold together as well as it does with the coconut?

Barry...why don't you give this a try? Please check back and let us know the results....please and thank you!

Here is your list of ingredients =
8 ounces of prefered dried fruit
Walnut pieces
Can of Non-Fat Condensed milk

Good luck... axiously await the results!!!

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Mon, 30th Nov '09 9:29 PM

Two different kinds of bon bons:

Peanut Butter Bon Bons

1 1/2 C peanut butter
1 box powdered sugar
1 stick butter (room temperature)

Mix together and roll into small balls. Dip into a melted mixture of:

1 pkg. chocolate chips
1/2 stick paraffin wax

melted in a double boiler. Keep on warm while coating.

Put on wax paper to cool and keep in fridge.
Coconut Bon Bons

1 lb. pecans (chopped)
1 can flaked coconut
1 T. vanilla
pinch of salt
1 1/2 box powdered sugar
1 can Eagle Brand milk (sweetened condensed)
1 cube melted butter

Mix together. Chill at least 3 hrs. Roll into small balls and dip in mixture of:

1 pkg. chocolate chips
1/2 stick paraffin

melted in double boiler. Keep warm while coating.

Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Tue, 1st Dec '09 5:34 AM

Peanut Butter Bon Bons dipped in chocolate? - I'm there! Coconut Bon Bons? - For me, coconut is high on my list of favorites!
Both sound delish...and I've waved a "I'm A Foodie" banner for decades, and though I have seen paraffin wax used in many candy recipes, I have not, as yet, used it in a recipe. No time like the present (no pun intended), so I am adding your recipes to my list of "Gotta' Try"! Out of curiousity, do you recall what your thoughts were the first time you saw paraffin in a recipe?
Thank you for posting the recipes!

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 1st Dec '09 8:10 AM

Paraffin reminded me of having wax impressions of my mouth when I had braces as a teenager.

Both my parents used a "canner" pressure cooker to sterilize jars for canning foods. Often they would
top jellies or jams with melted paraffin on the top before put on the Ball jar lid. Later, when we removed the
lid, we'd just lift off the hardened wax before removing the food from the jar.

However, have no fear, there's just enough in this recipe to help the chocolate harden so you can pick up the
candy and eat it without having chocolate goo on your fingers.

Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Tue, 1st Dec '09 8:24 AM

A ha! No gooey chocolate fingertips....I like that about a candy! Thanks for the bit of nostalgia as well...very nice.

1mks  (Level: 208.3 - Posts: 5865)
Thu, 3rd Dec '09 4:50 PM

I really like the peanut butter bon bons. Clever person that I am, I decided to just "double" the recipe and make lots. We are taking 3 of the grandchildren to see the other two this weekend and I thought that would make a nice treat to take. They are fabulous....thanks for the recipe. I have been working on them all afternoon now and am only half through. DO NOT double the recipe unless you want to spend your entire life in the kitchen. I hate balls.

Mickeym  (Level: 87.5 - Posts: 1803)
Thu, 3rd Dec '09 6:08 PM

Enjoyed reading the recipe and comments, though here is my favorite holiday recipe.
1. get in car on first Saturday in December
2. drive to Episcopal church in our very Dutch heritage area
3. pick up tray
4. put as many cookies as possible on tray, keeping Dutch and American separate
5. repeat from 3 until money runs out
6. bring home and try not to eat them all before taking them to parties and pretending they are your own!
Aren't we lucky to live in a town called Guilderland? We get struesswafels and other Dutch specialties as well as all the usual cookies at this cookie fair, and feel virtuous as we leave our donations to the good people of the auxiliary.

Oh, and re balls, use melon ballers!

F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Thu, 3rd Dec '09 6:50 PM

You live about 40 minutes away from me. Pretty cool to see a town you know where it is on here.
I live in Schodack Landing.

I gave all my recipes to my Daughter in Law. But she needs my help with kolochkies (sp?)
I always used to bake for everyone and I don't even like sweets, so I had a willing person to do it all.

Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 3:34 AM are hilarious! Did you do the wax thingy? I like the melon ball gadget as well AnnieB. The only problem is, melon ball size candies/bonbons are so easily popped whole into the mouth, one at a time, after time, after time, after time!

Mickeym  (Level: 87.5 - Posts: 1803)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 4:35 AM

Wow, I guess I missed the "Albany area" in your prof. Didn't expect anyone to know where Guilderland is. What I'd like to know is why our local St. Boniface Episcopal has all the Dutch style cookies, while the Dutch Reformed church here has American style! Hope you get candy not coal in your wooden shoe this Sunday morning (after Sinterklaas), you can do both by buying the traditional chunk licorice candy that looks like coal. Maybe I should start a chat on special customs?

F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 7:10 PM

I hope you get all the cookies and candy your heart desires.
I'll give you mine if I get any. I don't like sweets so maybe I'll get the coal to put in my fireplace.
Be careful driving this weekend. We are expecting 3 inches of snow. Good old New York State crappy weather.

Mickeym  (Level: 87.5 - Posts: 1803)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 10:39 PM

I hope for the "coal" in the shoe as it is delicious licorice! Drive carefully, especially any Texas snow newbies!

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