Created by The Purple Carrot
My curiosity got the better of me this past week as I searched for plant-based meals to use on our menu. I noticed a bit of buzz for a service based here in the Boston area, The Purple Carrot. For roughly $59, one can get nearly all of the ingredients for 2, 4-serving main dish vegan (plant-based) meals (choose from 4 offerings each week) and a snack. My order arrived this week, the ingredients look to be in excellent shape, and the packaging is minimal and responsibly made. Best of all, there is no minimum purchase or commitment.
Here is the result of the snack recipe for the week, an apricot and nut ball with oats added. The prep was quick; having the full recipe will make this recipe something I will most likely repeat in the future.
Learning to be creative using a more plant-based menu can be intimidating. I know I’ll be back to get more healthy ideas from The Purple Carrot.
1 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup oats
1 tsp vanilla
Rough chop apricots and place in food processor. Pulse until a uniform mix forms and then add pecans. Blend on high for 20 seconds and add oats and vanilla, blend until dough forms, about 20 seconds.
Transfer dough into a medium bowl. Scoop out 1 tablespoon of the dough and roll between your palms to form 1/2 – 1 inch balls. You can roll roughly 12 apricot balls (NB: I made smaller diameter ones and yielded 22 from these ingredients).
Apricot bites will last up to a week in the refrigerator. Enjoy!