Raw rum balls

In our household, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without rum balls. Instead of using crushed biscuits and condensed milk, I opted for a healthier version this year. It actually surprised me how much they taste like the ‘real’ ones.

I wanted to share this recipe with you before Christmas so you too can hopefully enjoy them come Christmas Day!

Ball ingredients

I find that brazil nuts are quite oily which work really well in this recipe as they keep the rum balls moist.

Crumbly mixture

Once processed, the mixture is quite crumbly but the coconut oil and dates help to combine the rum balls when rolled.

Christmas rum ball tree

These are a great addition to your Christmas menu and are a healthy treat to enjoy throughout the day!

Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to one week.

Raw rum balls

Makes approximately 30 balls

Ingredients:

  • 10 fresh medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup brazil nuts
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1 TBSP dark rum – start with 1/2 TBSP then add more to suit your taste buds

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and process for 5-7 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides.
  2. Roll into 30 decent sized balls.
  3. Place in the fridge to harden and enjoy!

Note: for an alcohol free version just omit the rum.

Only two sleeps to go…!

Cacao orange chia balls

When it comes to snacks, a lot of people (including myself) run out of healthy ideas. Whilst I love my carrot sticks with hummus and apples with almond butter I find myself craving something chocolately on the not so rare occasion. Thankfully, the classic combination of dark chocolate and orange have definitely satisfied my cravings (well at least for now)!

Throw all the ingredients in together!

The cacao and orange flavours are enhanced thanks to the addition of cinnamon and surprisingly salt. I always use pink Himalayan sea salt as it contains more than 80 minerals, balances electrolytes and assists in eliminating toxins from the body, among other benefits.

Cacao goodness!!

The chia seeds add a slight crunch to the balls as well as extra nutrients in the form of omega 3’s.

Chocolate + orange = heaven!

These will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for up to five days or in the freezer for up to two weeks!

Cacao orange chia balls

Makes 28

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups brazil nuts
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1 TBSP orange zest
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 8 fresh medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 TBSP chia seeds
  • 3 TBSP coconut oil, softened
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and process for 5-7 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides.
  2. Roll into 28 decent sized balls.
  3. Place in the fridge to harden and enjoy!

Are you a fan of the dark chocolate and orange combination?

Raw chocolate macaroons

As I’m nearing the end of my university semester I thought I’d share with you one of my final assignments. Don’t worry, it involves food!

For a social media group assignment we were required to create a YouTube video on the topic of our choice. As my group members and I enjoy making (and eating) healthy food we decided to create a ‘how to’ video demonstrating a simple recipe.

I hope you enjoy the demonstration of raw chocolate macaroons!

I would like to thank my group members Emily and Uma for participating in the video.

Click here to view the YouTube channel for Emma Lauren.

The macaroons will keep in a sealed container in the pantry for up to four days.

Raw chocolate macaroons

Makes 25

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup cacao powder
  • 12 fresh medjool dates, pitted
  • 3 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Process for 2 minutes, or until well combined.
  3. Form roughly into small balls with your hands.
  4. Place on a tray in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to slightly harden. Enjoy with a cup of tea!

Enjoying afternoon tea! Photo courtesy of Emily.

I’d love to hear what you think of the video?! Would you like to see more videos of me demonstrating recipes?

Superfood balls

Sunday afternoon is a great time to make healthy snacks for the week ahead. This is precisely what I enjoyed doing this afternoon. These tasty nutrient packed superfood balls are essential to have on hand to get through a busy day.

Colourful mixture

I love the flecks of red from the goji berries, it stands out against the dark, rich colour of the cacao nibs.

All rolled

“Superfood” is a term that is frequently used these days however many people do not understand the incredible health benefits these certain foods provide. Superfoods help prevent cancer and heart disease, improve digestive health, reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, and protect the organs from toxins. So, eat up!

Healthy snack!

These will keep for up to 1 week in a sealed container in the fridge, or up to 2 weeks in the freezer.

Superfood balls

Makes approximately 23 balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 10 fresh dates, pitted
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs*
  • 1/2 cup goji berries
  • Desiccated coconut for coating

Method:

  1. In a food processor, place walnuts and cashews and process until crumbly.
  2. Add dates, coconut oil and vanilla, and process to combine.
  3. Add cacao nibs and goji berries, and process for 2 minutes.
  4. Shape into balls and coat in coconut.
  5. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes to harden. Enjoy!

Note: if you can’t find cacao nibs (from most health food stores) you can use dairy free dark chocolate chips

What is your go to snack during the week?

Chocolate Nut Balls

I’d like to share some exciting news with you all… I have had my first recipe published!

This is the reason I haven’t posted the chocolate nut ball recipe yet, despite teasing you by having it feature as the heading on the main page. You too can now enjoy them!

First recipe published!

If you’d like to read more, it has been published in Baked, a Bond University publication.

Too good to resist!

These chocolate nut balls have such contrasting yet complementing textures. The dates provide the chewiness whilst the almonds create the crunch.

Lined up one-by-one ready to be eaten

Chocolate Nut Balls

Makes 14

Ingredients:

  • 330g almonds
  • 16 fresh dates at room-temperature, pitted
  • 2 TBSP cacao powder
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Desiccated coconut, cacao or crushed almonds for rolling

Method:

  1. In the food processor, place almonds, cinnamon and cacao then process until the mix looks crumbly.
  2. Add dates and vanilla extract then process until the mixture starts to come together.
  3. Add a little of water if needed so the mixture is soft and forms easily.
  4. Form into 14 decent sized balls.
  5. Roll in coconut or any other of my suggested coatings.
  6. Place in the fridge to harden and enjoy!

 Note: Store in a sealed container in the freezer for up to 4 weeks (if they last that long)! No need to defrost before consuming as the dates create a chewy texture.

What ingredients do you add to your nut balls?