Christmas spice balls

Christmas spice balls

Tasty … these are a great non-alcoholic, healthy alternative to rum balls.

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.

Enjoy!

Lanai xx

 

Ingredients

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

 

Method 

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.

Christmas spice balls mixture2. 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.

 

Handy tips

* 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.

 

Liked this recipe? Check out more of my healthy family recipes. If you’re avoiding gluten also take a look at my gluten free recipes page.

 

Christmas spice balls
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Ingredients
  • 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
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon all spice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  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.
  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.
 



 

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