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Dry Fruit Balls for Toddlers

By Hemapriya Natesan @MyLittleMoppet

The benefits of dry fruit for kids are well known and most Moms try to get their little ones to eat at least a little once in a while. But most kids reject dry fruit when presented just the way they are, so Moms have to get a little innovative with it!! And one such recipe is that of Dry Fruit Balls for Toddlers - cute little balls, packed with nutrition and natural goodness. Now let's see them turning their noses away! These are also perfect for Eid - they're no bake, so they can be made in advance, and you have something tasty and healthy to serve your guests, instead of all that candy!

Dry Fruit Balls for Toddlers

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried figs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup mixed nuts - almonds, cashews
  • 3/4 cup plain oats
  • 1/4 cup hot milk

Method

1. Soak the dates and figs in hot milk for 1 hour.

Dry Fruit Balls for Toddlers

2. Take out the pieces, leaving behind the liquid and grind to a puree. Add some liquid if the mixture is too dry. It's okay if the puree is coarse.

Dry Fruit Balls for Toddlers

3. Dry roast the nuts and oats on a low flame for a few minutes.

Dry Fruit Balls for Toddlers

4. Grind the nuts and oats to a fine powder.

Dry Fruit Balls for Toddlers

5. Tip the powder into a bowl, and add a little of the puree. Mix together to form a slightly sticky dough, adding more puree little by little. Use your hands if a spoon isn't manageable.

Dry Fruit Balls for Toddlers

6. Make small balls out of the dough and lay them out on a dish. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

Dry Fruit Balls for Toddlers

7. Put each ball in little cupcake liners and arrange on a platter. Serve your guests with a refreshing drink.

Dry Fruit Balls for Toddlers

These balls also make a lovely Eid gift. Skip the chocolates and gift these balls in a pretty box, tied up with ribbon - good health, good taste and good looks in one package!

Dry Fruit Balls for Toddlers

Dry Fruit Balls for Toddlers

Lots of Love,

Dry Fruit Balls for Toddlers

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