Zesty chai-spiced fruit mince balls

These special balls are my no-bake, no-flour answer to fruit mince pies. They are way healthier, and are only sweetened with dried fruit ~ enjoy!

Makes 25 balls | Preparation time 20 minutes | Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Vegan

Cooking notes

I recommend using fruit that’s free of sulphur/preservatives to minimise the preservative load. 

This recipe calls for coconut butter, which you can make yourself or buy. If buying, some brands are Artisana, Niu and Biona. {Note: Niu and Biona call it creamed coconut; also don’t use Loving Earth coconut butter as it is actually coconut oil.} If you cannot get your hands on coconut butter, then use 1/3 cup nut butter or hulled tahini {sesame seed paste} instead.

  • 4 dried pear halves
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 5 medjool dates, pitted
  • 5 dried figs
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp dried ginger powder
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • pinch clove powder
  • pinch grated nutmeg
  • zest of 1 citrus fruit {orange, lemon or lime}
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 ½ cups walnuts or pecans {use activated if you prefer}
  • ½ cup melted coconut butter

If you store your dried fruit in the fridge, then first allow the fruit to come to room temperature {so that they soften}.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, gently toast the spices in the coconut oil for a couple of minutes until fragrant. Set aside to cool a little.

Next, roughly chop the dried fruit and add to your food processor. Pulse until you get a chunky fruit mince.

Tip in the remaining ingredients {including the coconut oil with the toasted spices} and pulse until combined. I like to leave the nuts a little chunky.

Tip the ball mixture into a large bowl. Take a heaped tablespoon of the mixture at a time and roll into walnut-sized balls. You will end up with about 25 balls.

Refrigerate balls for an hour or so, until they become firm.

Share with your loved ones {they make perfect Chrissie gifts too} — and refrigerate any extras in an airtight container. They will keep for weeks.

8 thoughts on “Zesty chai-spiced fruit mince balls

  1. Susan says:

    Hi Lesh,
    One of the things I’m very grateful for this year is the way you have made me think about important issues in the time I’ve been subscribed to your blog. I wish you a very merry Christmas, and success in all your endeavors in the coming year. 40 is an excellent age, and I am certain that you will use the year well. Life just continues to get better, the further you get beyond 40 (with my 2014 birthday I will have been 40 for 29 years…).

  2. Ivy says:

    Dear Lesh

    Thank you for all the lovely and healthy recipes. I really enjoy trying out those recipes. Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a healthy 2014.

  3. Mina says:

    Thank you for the awesome recepie ,and also for reminding that in life less is more ,and should we all be greatful for what we have .Have a wonderful Holidays!!!

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