Have you guys noticed as well that at this time of year people seem to split into two camps? The “oh go on, it is Christmas” and the “oh I shouldn’t” camps. This recipe, for festively themed Christmas pudding energy bites, is targeted at the second camp – for when you turn up at your next festive gathering, armed with breadsticks, mince pies and wine. Why not also have a little box of these energy bites up your (proverbial) sleeve as well? They take about five minutes and make perfect snacks or little desserts.
Of course you don’t have to be “watching your figure” to eat these. Why deprive yourself for any reason? Just because they’re made of good, whole foods doesn’t mean they can’t be enjoyed by everybody! It’s sort of the opposite reason I pulled these Christmas pudding energy bites together! Because they’re also Vegan, gluten free, soy free, grain free and refined sugar free (if you don’t top with icing like I did, of course), raw…. so perfect for the Vegan in your life, or those with dairy or gluten allergies/intolerances.
Although I must point out you will get the smart-arse who asks what have they got in them if they’re dairy, egg and even gluten free? Of course they’re not going to even try something that lacks all the so-called “good stuff”. There are two tracks with these types of people:
- Full disclosure of the healthful ingredients and humour them with an amused smile, a raised eyebrow and a proffered mini Christmas pudding bite, daring them to try one.
- Omit the details (after checking for allergies etc). Introduce them as simply ‘mini Christmas puddings’ to these doubters doubters. Tell them to try one – after all, a bite is just a bite. If they don’t like it, there’s not a big slice to finish! After they try, and inevitably love, these little bites of bliss, then feel free to tell them more details.
Sneaky, I know.
Christmas Pudding Energy Balls
- 150 g pitted dates
- 70 g ground almonds
- 60 g cashew nuts
- 30 g sultanas
- 30 g dried prunes
- 40 g mixed peel
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- zest + juice of 1 satsuma
- ½ tsp almond extract
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp sugar free vanilla syrup
- Combine all the ingredients in a food processor.
- Whizz up until it forms a sticky 'dough'
- Split into balls and roll between your hands
- Chill in the fridge for an hour or so
- Top or leave as is! I topped mine with some almond-flavoured icing (obviously don't do this if you want to keep them free of refined sugars!)