Raw Vegan Chocolate Fruit Balls42
My mum’s side of the family get together every second year for a Christmas fiesta that we all look forward to, till the minute we are all driving away in tears as we part company until the next reunion! Rob calls it “Animal House For Adults”. It is just a huge party with incredible home cooked food; way too much alcohol; hilarious games and memories; and most importantly, a whole ton of love! As we all like to say, “There is NOTHING like a Fisher family Christmas”.
I yearn for those four days for two whole years! And so does everyone else. Last year we made a culinary family tree cookbook, complete with all of our favourite family recipes, photos and stories from the last 40 years. I had so much fun making it, and it is such a treasure to have. I was reminded of how much I love our family Christmas as we prepared for a smaller, more low-key Christmas this year. This year is the off year, where we all head off to our in-laws. Without seeming disrespectful to our other families (who are all wonderful by the way) we were all phoning each other mournfully today longing for the New Year to tick over so that we can start planning another Fisher Family Feast!
As mum and I were baking Christmas food last night, we were fondly reminiscing on all of our special memories AND bemoaning the loss of Kimmy’s rum balls!!! Everyone is responsible for bringing their signature treats to share every year. My mum makes her shortbread, apricot rolls and brandy sauce. My aunt makes her famous fruit cake; and my other aunt makes her cookies and chocolates. But it is my cousin Kim’s rum balls that seduces many a family member into a condensed milk induced coma! We have had many midnight meetings at the fridge door scoffing in the trough of heaven.
Now Kim, I love you, and I love your rum balls. They can never be replaced. But I must post these vegan chocolate balls as a sad alternative to your glowing efforts. My mum has been making these raw chocolate balls for years. We made some of these scrumptious vegan chocolate balls today to put in our “Whole Food Christmas Hampers”, and they are every bit as impressive as the first time I tasted them. These raw chocolate balls are a good match for the traditional rum balls, minus the wheat cookies, alcohol, sugar and condensed milk. Sorry Kimmy, I say that with love!
You can really use any combination of raw nuts that tickles your fancy to make these vegan chocolate balls, Each combination will yield raw chocolate balls of a slightly different personality. But I have yet to find a combination that isn't piggilicious. Today, mum and I used raw almonds, raw cashews and raw macadamias as our nutty blend. But you could use any raw nuts that tickle your festive fancy. Roll out these vegan treats. These raw chocolate balls make great snacks in school or work lunch boxes; great power snacks for a long work out; or a great little bite to put beside a cup of herbal tea. These yummy raw chocolate fruit balls have got to be one of my favourite raw recipes. These yummy vegan chocolate balls are gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free and refined sugar free. These will last in a sealed glass container in the fridge for weeks. But they never do!
Raw Vegan Chocolate Fruit Balls
- 1 cup mixed raw nuts (I used 1/3 cup each of raw almonds, cashews & macadamias)
- 1/2 cup organic pitted chopped dates
- 1/2 cup dried chopped apricots
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp fresh orange juice
- a couple of drops – 1/8 tsp of natural almond essence
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
- Mix the coconut and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside for rolling.
- Put all other ingredients in a food processor, and slowly add in the orange juice if it doesn’t bind together completely.
- Roll into small balls and coat with the coconut mixture.
Store in a sealed glass container in the fridge.
Makes 12 - 20 balls depending on how large your roll them.
Piggy Cooking Tips
the best way to clean your blender
After blending up something sticky, gooey or smelly, just place a few drops of soap in the carriage with some warm water and blend on high until all of the congealed food slips away from the blades and sides. Then repeat this process. Then rinse with water and presto! Clean carriage.
If you have smells or stains repeat this process with some bicarbonate of soda or lemon juice and water.
Check out the video on A No Hassle Way To Clean Your Blender that I did as part of the Chow Tips Series.