Patience (yes, my real name.) (petienka) wrote in vegancooking,
Patience (yes, my real name.)

'Chocolate-Apricot Confections'

I just 'rediscovered' this recipe when I was recently perusing my decade-old back issues of Vegetarian Times magazines. Somehow I missed it all these years, but this time it caught my eye and I FINALLY got around to making it this week ten years after first receiving it. Wow, what I've been missing! Yummy little confections of fudgey goodness --tasty and simple to make, with few ingredients and no real 'cooking' (definitely a kid-friendly recipe). Furthermore, while calling these 'healthy' might be a bit of a stretch perhaps, the dried fruit and bran flakes probably make it slightly less sinful than other 'candy'. And with the holidays just around the corner, I'm thinking these, packaged in decorative tins, will make lovely gifts ... (for fun, I think I might experiment next time with different flavored chips and other dried fruit (dates? pineapple?), or perhaps the addition of ground nuts mixed with the flakes...).

'Chocolate-Apricot Confections' (Veg Times: January '94. Lillian Kayte)

6 oz. semi-sweet non-dairy chocolate (I used choc chips I had on hand)
1/2 cup apple juice (I had none, so subbed orange juice instead)
3 Tbs. light corn syrup
1 cup chopped dried apricots
2 1/2 cups bran flakes cereal, with or w/out raisins (didn't have this either -- I subbed corn flakes)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

Melt chocolate in double boiler or microwave. Stir in apple juice and corn syrup. Set aside.

In a food processor, add apricots, bran flakes and powdered sugar, and process until very finely chopped. Combine with chocolate mixture and mix well. Set aside for 30 minutes.

With a small spoon, form mixture into 1/2 - 1 inch balls. Roll balls in cocoa powder (the accompanying photo also shows white ones -- I assume powdered sugar?). Store in covered container in refrigerator for several days before serving to develop flavors. Makes 48 1- inch balls, 16 servings.
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