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. 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. 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.

    1. I would also like to thank you for your inspirational ideas and recipes… I have really started to incorporate ‘astonishingly healthy’ ideas into our weekly nourishment and enjoy your blog very much. Just off to purchase ingredients for the fruit mince balls.
      Have a beautiful time over this festive season…. Annette

  3. 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!!!

  4. What, if anything, could I substitute for coconut butter? I don’t believe I have ever seen that in the store.

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