Luke and I had a serious talk last night about our blender. We’ve decided to sell it since Taiwan has a different voltage and plug from NZ, so we won’t be able to easily use it. I love our blender so this was pretty upsetting at first. I use it pretty much everyday. It was also my first kind of expensive appliance purchase (ie. not a generic brand). We’re going to list it on Trademe tonight so before it sells, I am going to give it a few good workouts.
One of my favorite ways to give my blender a good workout is to make dried fruit and nut balls. Some serious blending goes on to make these balls. If I had a food processor, it would probably make more sense to use it instead. But with a few extra steps, my balls come out perfectly by using my mighty Breville blender.
Yummy Balls (for lack of a better name)
First, I soak 1 cup of dates and 1 cup of cashews in warm water and in separate bowls for about 10 minutes. (This step could probably be skipped if you have a food processor).
Then I drain the dates and chop them up.
Then drain the cashews and place them in the blender and blend the heck out of them until they are in small pieces. Use a spatula as you go to move the cashews around.
Place blended cashews into a medium-sized glass bowl and then add the chopped dates to the blender and blend the heck out of them.
Then put the blended dates in the same bowl as the cashews and mix together (I use my hands to smoosh the mixture).
Next, form small balls with the mixture and roll in coconut.
And finally store your balls and the fridge and let your blender take a rest.