Rum balls are a Christmas essential, but they don’t need lots of sugar and condensed milk to taste good! QG nectar adds the perfect richness to these healthy Plum Rum Balls.

Makes 10 balls

What you’ll need:

  • 2 ½ cup almond meal
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ½ cup Nutrafruit Queen Garnet Nectar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp cacao powder
  • A splash of rum (to taste)
  • 4 tbsp homemade date paste (see recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • Optional: handful of pomegranate seeds for decoration

How to make date paste:

  1. Chop up 14 pitted dates into little pieces
  2. Place chopped up dates to blender
  3. Add 325mL warm water to blender
  4. Blend until a smooth consistency is reached
  5. This can be stored in a jar in the fridge as a healthy alternative to sugar in recipes!

How to make the rum balls:

  1. Add the almond meal, chia seeds, and cacao powder to a mixing bowl and stir to distribute evenly
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, add all of the other ingredients (except for the desiccated coconut) and mix together
  3. Gradually stir the ingredients from both bowls together
  4. Roll the balls in the desiccated coconut
  5. Stack balls on a plate and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds for a pop of colour