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Oat Dried Fruit Balls


Makes about 5 dozen balls


3 cups uncooked old-fashioned oats
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped dried mixed fruit
1/4 cup sunflower seeds or chopped walnuts
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter or margarine
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Combine oats, coconut, dried fruit and sunflower seeds in large bowl; set aside. Combine sugar, milk, butter, cocoa and salt in 2-quart saucepan until blended. Heat to boiling. Boil 3 minutes, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Pour hot sugar syrup into oat mixture; stir until well blended. When cool enough to handle, shape rounded tablespoonfuls into balls; place on waxed paper until completely cooled and firm.

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