If you are over energy bars that contain more than 90 percent chaff with one or two minuscule pieces of fruit, try these bumble bees. Chewy and jam packed with fruit, Bumble Bees will keep you buzzing for hours.
Pre heat the oven to a cool 150°C.
In a medium sized mixing bowl combine the mixed fruit, nuts,1/2 cup of coconut, orange juice and condensed milk.
with slightly damp hands, shape the mixture into walnut size balls and roll each ball in the extra coconut. See Notes
Place the bumble bees on a flat tray and top each with a halved cherry pressing very gently .
Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the tray.
When the Bumble Bees are cold, transfer each to a patty pan and store in an air tight container in the fridge.
I use Angas Park Fruit Medley . Or you can use a mixture of chopped dried fruit of your choice.
Start off with half a can of condensed milk. If the balls hold their shape easily, you wont need the entire 2/3 of a can. If not, add extra a little at a time until they form a ball.
Shaping the balls can sometimes be a little tricky. I recommend you do this near a cold water tap. Keep your hands slightly damp and squeeze gently as you shape the balls.