yelllooooo 😀 how are you today?
Hope you are well, happy..and excited for the upcoming holiday!
Today I want to share a recipe with you 🙂 It’s yum-yum Christmas balls!! 😀
These Christmas balls are jam-packed with goodness (and happiness!)- dates, almonds and oats. And, unlike other Christmas balls, these ones do not contain dairy so it is suitable for you who are lactose intolerance or vegans!
And have I not mentioned yet, this recipe is soooo easy to make! It does not need oven. You can make them the night before and keep them in the refrigerator overnight. Voila! The next morning you’ll wake up with Christmas balls!
The original recipe was taken from Healthy Food Guide Australia website, but I modified a little bit. Just a tiny bit 😛 Rum is also optional here. You don’t have to add rum if you prefer not to 🙂 I like them with rum though~
Ingredients: makes 30 balls
- 1 cup roughly chopped pitted dates
- 1 cup raisins
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped raw almonds or cashews
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 50mls of freshly squeezed (or bottled) orange juice
- (optional) a few drops of rum
How? this is very easy! no trouble whatsoever ;P
1. If you have a handheld stick blender, process the oats and almonds together for a few pulses. In different bowl, process the raisin and dates for a few pulses too. If you don’t have a blender or food processor, you can just chop them semi-finely 🙂 it’s the same, only takes longer!
2. Combine all ingredients together, mix them well. The orange juice is added to make the mixture a bit wet, to make it easier to roll them into balls. You can adjust the orange juice accordingly. Don’t add too much though, because we don’t want the mixture to be too wet (otherwise it becomes mushy)! Roll level tablespoons of the mixture into firm balls. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for a few hours (or overnight), and they are ready to serve! Slurp!
If weight is not a concern, you can add more cocoa or add chocolate chips to make it even more dea-licious! 😛 but, even without choc-chips, this Christmas balls are nice 🙂 it’s not too sweet, so you can have them for your afternoon tea..or even morning tea or after-Christmas dinner (and now you’ve gotta to add the rum! LOL) and you don’t have to worry about your sugar level (or waistline) 🙂
Nutritionally speaking, one Christmas ball (without rum added) has 301.5kJ, 1.9g fat with 0.4g saturated fat, 11.6g carbs (approx. 1 CHO exchange), 7.9g sugar, 1.5g protein and 2.5mg sodium.