Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cranberry and Macadamia Balls

My tastebuds have staged a revolution.

Food that I previously avoided are fast becoming staples in my pantry; olives, soft cheeses, chilli and more. Before you ask, no, I'm not pregnant, it's just that my palate is 'maturing' (just my palate, not my sense of humour).

Since my introduction to cheese not long ago, I've loved to have a little Camembert cheese as a snack, but find having it with just crackers a little bit boring. So I decided I'd try my hand at some gourmet treats to accompany the soft, gooey goodness.

Cranberry and Macadamia Balls

Ingredients (makes 30/serves 10)
  • 200g dried cranberries
  • 85g of unsalted macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup of Kellogg's All Bran Fibre Toppers (which is 10g of dietary fibre, right there!)
  • 3/4 cup of 99% fat free condensed milk
  • extra coconut for rolling
  • In a food processor (or with a knife and a lot of elbow grease) blitz the cranberries until they are finely diced, remove and put in a large mixing bowl with half of the Fibre Toppers
  • Then blitz the macadamia nuts and the remaining half of the Fibre Toppers in the food processor, and add to the mix - don't do it too much or you'll end up with macadamia butter!
  • Add in the shredded coconut and combine until you have a gorgeous, multi coloured mix
  • Pour in the condensed milk and stir until evenly distributed
Condensed milk - try not to dip your finger in!
  • Using a teaspoon, scoop out the mixture and roll in to small balls, dredge in coconut and place in the refrigerator to firm for 10 minutes

These can also be made with any dried fruit you like - I've made them with apricot and they were a massive hit! Because they're quite sweet, you only need serve two or three to each person along with cheese, crackers and nice glass of wine for a perfect snack adult snack.

Who's joining me? It's BYOW. 

Click here to see the nutritional panel I created for these - they're not as bad as you think
This is NOT a sponsored post, but it is a competition entry for Kellogg's to win sponsorship to BlogHer


  1. Yummola, they do look and sound lovely.... and so nutritious, lets just gloss over that condensed milk!   What to do with the leftover 1/4 tin???

  2. Oh my god they look and sound delicious. Book-marking them to make when I can eat dairy again.

  3. Ahhh but it's 99% fat free, skim condensed milk! So it's not as bad as it looks! I'm addicted to condensed milk and can eat it straight out of the can or on fresh bread :) YUM

  4.  Soooooo good, Alana, you won't be disappointed :)

  5. Yum, these look great. Great recipe - thanks! 

  6. BYOW is Bring Your Own Wig, right?  Because I will totally ask Mrs Woog for a merkin and show up to try some of these...they look awesome.  Genius recipe.

  7. Yummy... these look mighty tasty (and healthy... the fibre sold me!!)  might have to whip these up soon! 

  8. sorry those fibre things look like bunny turds.  Heh.

  9. Fat free condensed milk? Who knew!!! Looks delish.

  10. Kim (workingwomenaus)February 24, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    I love the fact that you've found a recipe that doesn't use the whole tin of condensed milk.  I'm onto you!

  11. I didn't know there was such a thing as 99% fat free condensed milk!  These sound delish. I'm so there!


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