Fruit Filled Candies
Tangy citrus and sweet fruit flavors in tasty fruit filled candies with raisins, dates, prunes, nuts and melted carob chocolate.
1/2 cup raisins, chopped
1/2 cup dates, chopped
1/2 cup prunes, chopped
1/2 cup nuts, chopped
3/4 cup melted carob chocolate
Melt carob over hot water. Mix together well. Line a shallow pan with sunflower seed meal, finely chopped nuts, or coconut and spread candy in. Dust top with more of the lining material. Chill.
When set, cut into bars and wrap in wax paper.
Pitted dates, peanuts, raisins and orange juice make up the fruity flavors in these fruit candy recipes. Sunflower seeds and ground nuts add a nice crunch.
1-1/4 cups ground peanuts
3/4 cup sunflower seed meal
1/2 cup seedless raisins, chopped
1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped
1/4 cup orange juice
Mix to soften dates, then mash well. Mix ingredients very well, blending to a paste. Add honey if extra sweetening is desired. Add wheat germ if not firm enough. Chill. Roll Fruit Candy into balls in coconut or sesame seeds.
Fruit Candy Bars
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup water
1 cup dried apricots
1 cup raisins
1 cup pecans
1 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoon orange peel (grated)
1 teaspoon rum extract
Sprinkle gelatin over water; allow to soften for five minutes. Heat and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Combine apricots, raisins, pecans, flour and orange peel in blender or food processor, working until finely chopped. Add to gelatin mixture. Add rum extract and stir to completely blend.
Line 8-inch square pan with plastic wrap or waxed paper. Spread fruit mixture evenly into pan, and set aside to cool completely until candy is firm. Turn out onto cutting board, cut into 24 bars and wrap individually. Recipe makes about 24 bars. Serving size: 1 bar.
Nutrition information per bar:
Calories: 68 Exchange: 1 Fruit, 1/2 Fat
Fruit Candy Squares
Fruit candy squares are packed with healthful dried fruit. Apricots or peaches, seedless raisins, dried figs or pitted dates along with maple syrup, nuts and coconut if desired. Keep dried fruit, raisins, figs, apricots, peaches, pears, etc., around to also use as a snack. Or, try it as fuel for long hikes or bike rides, or stash in your desk or locker.
1 cup ground dried apricots or peaches
1 cup whole seedless raisins
1 cup ground dried figs or pitted dates
1/2 cup pure maple syrup or honey
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut*, if desired
Notes before starting: Do not use tough or over-dry fruit. If too dry, "revive". Grind on coarse blade (leave raisins whole). Press firmly into cup when measuring. Mix ingredients thoroughly.
Place in stainless steel double boiler with syrup or honey. Warm gently until soft, mixing well. Pour into greased pan or on to waxed paper to harden. If too soft, add more fruit. Chill.
Cut Fruit Candy into squares and dust with shredded coconut.
If you don't care to use the coconut, by all means leave it out. You can dust the candy with powdered sugar, crushed nuts - anything that sounds appealing to you.
Low Carb Orange Candy
How about a tangy low carb orange candy? These are low in both carbs and sugar and packed with other healthful ingredients. Great summertime treat.
3/4 cup cocoa butter
2 tablespoons Orange Powdered Drink Mix
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
1 cup powdered Maltitol
1/4 teaspoon Steviva Sweetener
1/2 cup orange sugar free syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 drops orange flavor concentrate
1/4 teaspoon orange candy color paste
Melt chunks of cocoa butter in a double boiler, then remeasure to 3/4 cup. Turn off heat and set aside until needed. Mix all dry ingredients together thoroughly.
In a separate small container, mix together the orange syrup, vanilla, flavor concentrate and color paste. Add to dry ingredients. Mix well. Add the cocoa butter and mix. Chill this mixture for 30 minutes or until it will hold a shape.
Measure out a walnut-sized amount with a teaspoon and roll in the palms of your hands until smooth and round. Place each ball in a paper bon-bon cup.
These keep well in an airtight container in the refrigerator but do not place in the paper cups until ready to serve.
Recipe makes 48 Low Carb Orange Candies
Less than 1 carb each
Old-Time Orange Drops
From a very old recipe collection, comes this recipe for orange drops, which we found quite delicious! Plenty of tangy orange flavor.
Grate the rind of one orange and squeeze the juice, taking care to reject the seeds; add to this a pinch of *tartaric acid; then stir in confectioners' sugar until it is stiff enough to form into balls the size of a small marble. This is delicious candy.
*Note: Tartaric acid is a naturally occurring organic acid which appears as a white crystalline solid at room temperature. Foods such as grapes, apricots, avocados, apples and sunflower seeds have all been known to have high concentrations of the acid. (Source: Acidpedia)