Monday, December 19, 2016

Healthy Christmas Rum Balls

Healthy Christmas Rum Balls - free form gluten, dairy and refined sugar - from

Now I know I'm venturing into dangerous territory here.

It seems like everyone's mum or nanna makes rum balls at Christmas - and everyone thinks their version is the best!

Some have crumbled cake, some use crushed biscuits or weetbix, all have chocolate and of course, rum.

My previous favourite back in my BW days (Before Wholefoods) was this version I made with Madeira cake and condensed milk. So good but so bad!

I've tried a few different variations and this one is a definite winner.

It has the fewest ingredients and tastes out of this world!

They are rich, intensely chocolatey and have a lovely warmth from the rum. Just perfect.

So I started these a few days ahead of time by soaking the sultanas in the rum and leaving them to steep. As soon as the rum was gone and the sultanas were plump and juicy they were ready to use.

If you don't have time for that (or just don't want to), you can place the sultanas and rum in a small saucepan, bring to the boil and then simmer until all the liquid is absorbed.

Despite it being school holidays I have somehow managed to keep these hidden from the kids in the freezer. They are definitely adults only and if I'm honest, just to good to share!

Healthy Christmas Rum Balls - free form gluten, dairy and refined sugar - from

Healthy Cacao Rum Balls

1/2 cup organic sultanas*
2-3 tbs rum
250g organic raw almonds (or almond meal)
2 heaped tbs raw cacao + 1/2 cup extra
2 tbs coconut oil
pinch salt

*See the post above for details on how to prepare the sultanas and rum - by either steeping or boiling. When you are ready, follow the instructions below to make the rum balls.

Place the almonds into your food processor and blend to a fine meal (Thermomix 10 secs / SP 9).

Add all remaining ingredients (except the extra cacao) and blitz until the mix is sticky and clumping together.

Place the extra 1/2 cup raw cacao into a bowl.

Roll spoonfuls of mixture into balls and then drop into the cacao. Toss until covered and place into a storage container.

Makes approximately 16 balls.

Store in the fridge or freezer.

Do you have a favourite treat that it just wouldn't be Christmas without? Tell me below!

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