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Improve Your Mood in Outer Space

ABANDON CIVILIZATION ENTIRELY.  PREPARE TO LAUNCH INTO OUTER SPACE OR ANOTHER FORM OF WILDERNESS.  The thoroughly fed up may wish to take their chances in a different galaxy, primeval forest or other remote location and reconnect with the honest reassurances of the uncorrupted wilds. 

Outer Space Fruit and Nut Balls thrive on the untamed and untrammeled.  Although formulated for outer space, they work well on other types of emergency excursions.  Lightweight and portable, they can be consumed without additional processing and provide a burst of nutrients and energy.  The pliable texture and coconut coating of these fruit and nut balls also trap crumbs that could clog vents or sensitive instruments on spacecraft.  The small, round shape accommodates quick pops into the mouth without cutting or undue maneuvering in cumbersome space suits.  Perhaps best of all, the balls are easy to grab and retrieve should they try to float away in a low-gravity environment.  Outer Space Fruit and Nut Balls taste great and will help boost your morale whatever your destination. 

1 cup nuts, such as almonds, cashews or a combination 
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 
2 Tablespoons apple juice or cider 
2 teaspoons orange extract 
2 Tablespoons honey 
1/2 cup chopped dried dates 
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots 
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut 

Pulse nuts and cocoa in a food processor until finely chopped and blended. Add apple juice (or cider), orange extract, honey, dates and apricots. Continue pulsing until mixture is well blended and binds together. Remove from food processor and form into balls, about 1 tablespoon each. Roll balls in coconut and then between the palms of your hands to firmly embed the coconut in the mixture.