“Run” (Rum) Balls

Second recipe of the ’12 Days of Naughty made Nice’ is a take on a rum ball recipe. I am calling it my ‘run’ ball recipe, because this little ball is packed full of amazing plant-based proteins that could keep you running through the holiday season.

These little babies are so delicious. When I started making them, I had every intention of keeping them alcohol free. The it turned out that I had a terrible day yesterday and was in the most foul mood. No apparent reason. Probably hormones. Screamed at my husband, slamming doors, all the things a dramatic person like me might do to take it out on someone else. My husband grabbed our son and quietly walked backwards out the door and left me alone for a few hours to bake-off some of the crankiness…

So as I started making these it felt fairly therapeutic. I was really getting into taking my hormonal frustrations out on the nuts I was crushing and grinding. Then my mind started stirring trying to figure out why I was so cranky and rude to my husband. Next thing I know the bottle of dark rum is out and I’ve poured it into the recipe.

If you want to keep these little balls a true clean eating treat, then I would recommend to leave the rum out and use the almond milk. But hey, some days through the holidays are a little stressful so I won’t blame you if you happen to pour a little rum in there ;)

"Run" (Rum) Balls
  • 1 cup dates, pitted, soaked for 15mins in water
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup raw walnuts
  • ¼ cup raw pecans
  • 2 tbsp raw pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 4-6 tbsp almond milk or dark rum
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes or cacao powder
  1. Place nuts and seeds into food processor and make into a crumb-type texture. Place in a bowl and mix in cacao powder, chia seeds & salt.
  2. Place soaked dates into food processor and blend until smooth paste. Place into nut & seed mixture.
  3. Choose your poison (almond milk or booze) and mix all ingredients together.
  4. Take about a teaspoon of the mixture and form into balls.
  5. Cover in either coconut flakes or cacao powder. Freeze in airtight container until ready to use.

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4 Responses to “Run” (Rum) Balls

  1. Judy Immonen says:

    Merry Christmas Sue….. hang in there !

  2. Eleonora says:

    2 days down and they both sound amazing! Love the name change of these balls! Very clever!

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