My mother-in-law makes the best rum balls you could ever dream of. They’re so soft and delicious I can never stop at one and I always look forward to Christmas time because I know I’ll get a big batch. I remember being so disappointed the Christmas I was pregnant with Molly because I couldn’t eat any and had to watch on with jealousy as the rest of the family devoured them.
These are a great non-alcoholic alternative to rum balls and have the perfect amount of spice to get you into the Christmas spirit. They’re great for kids, pregnant women and anyone with a stomach really.
They’re super easy to make and are a great healthy snack option over the holiday period.
They also are a fabulous snack option all year round.
For Molly I also shape some of these into little logs so she can practice holding different shapes similar to what I do with my sultana and date bites.
I bet Santa would love a few of these left out for his midnight snack.
* 2 cups (200g) pitted dates
* 1 cup whole dried cranberries (make sure you get the ones that are 100% cranberries with no added sugar)
* 3½ cups desiccated coconut
* 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
* 1/4 teaspoon all spice
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Place the dates, cranberries, spices and 3 cups of coconut into a food processor and whiz for five minutes or until the ingredients form a smooth but firm mixture as shown below.
2. Roll teaspoon sized pieces of the mixture into balls and/or logs (I like to do a combination of both as it allows the babies to practice picking up different shapes) and place on a clean plate. The mixture will seem quite oily at this stage however that is just because when the coconut and dates combine they create a cocoa butter.
3. Using the remaining ½ cup of coconut, place it on a clean plate and roll the logs and/or balls in it to coat.
* Store in an airtight container in the pantry cupboard (Can be stored in the fridge if you want them to last longer however I would take them out of the fridge for 15 minutes before serving so they aren’t too hard to munch on.
* I find it’s often really hard to find sugar-free dried cranberries in the supermarket. Health food stores or fresh food markets often have sugar-free cranberries.
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