Fig & Chocolate Paleo Rum Balls


Why share one paleo rum ball recipe when I can share two? Christmas is the time to be generous after all! These ones are completely different to my last post. They’re comparable to a classic bliss ball, whereas the last recipe was more like a truffle. Figs, nuts and chocolate are all such classic Christmas flavours, and this is one treat you wont have to miss out on. Suitable for vegans, paleo, rawtarians, dairy and gluten free eaters.

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Also, note the figs need to be softened for blending, so remove any hard stems and soak them in some water prior to blending. You can either soak them for a few hours (or overnight in the fridge), or for a quick soak, pour some boiling water over them and let them sit for 15 mins or so (though they won’t be truly raw this way).

Last note: if using real rum, you should know that while rum is naturally gluten-free, flavored rums may contain some form of gluten, so if you use a flavored rum check up on whether that brand is gluten-free or not.

Fig & Chocolate Rum Balls

*Makes approximately 10 balls

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups (250g) almonds
1 cup dried figs (presoaked and strained)
1/3 cup (30g) cacao powder (could also use regular cocoa, depending on taste)
juice of 1/4 lemon, (about 2 teaspoons or 10g)
2 tbsp (~30g) liquid sweetener of your choice (I used maple syrup)
1 tbsp (20g) pure vanilla extract
3 tbsp (40g) rum (OR 2 tsp rum essence) – add a dash more if you prefer a stronger rum flavour
1/8 tsp black pepper
pinch of salt
Optional: descicated coconut or more cocoa powder for dusting

Method:

1. Place the almonds into a food processor and process until they are finely crumbled (just a bit less fine than almond flour). Thermomix: 12 seconds/speed 5

2. Add in all remaining ingredients and process until everything is combined and the mixture begins to form into a ball. Thermomix: 30 seconds/speed 7

3. Take small bits of the mixture and roll into balls using your hands.

4. Optional: Roll in some extra cocoa powder for a dusted finish. I personally like them better without, but they do look nicer dusted — so up to you

5. Enjoy right away or refrigerate for an hour or more for a firmer consistency (that’s how I like them best).

Recipe originally from Gluten Free Vegan Love. I’ve adapted the recipe to suit Thermomix users.

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