No-Bake Rum Balls


The holiday season is just around the corner (10 days?!!?), and that means loads of desserts and chocolates and sweets! Of course, this also means the endless sugar rush that lasts at least until after New Year’s. If you don’t want to continually be eating all those refined sugars, then this recipe is perfect for you (and super quick and easy — and I’m all about that!).

Who doesn’t like chocolate truffles, or even alcohol mixed with it? These little rum balls do not require any baking, and there is no added sugar! The secret ingredient? Dates! Dates are naturally very sweet, and are packed with fibre and essential nutrients and minerals (like iron and potassium).

These will be perfect for gifts or serving them as your holiday tray of goodies at work or with friends.

Makes 20-25 

  • 1/2 cup rolled or quick oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds or pecans
  • 12 Medjool Dates
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder or unsweetened shredded coconut for dusting
  • 1-2 tsp white or dark rum (I once used Captain Morgan coconut flavoured white rum, but even brandy works!)


In a small bowl pour the boiling water over the dates. Allow to soak while preparing the other ingredients.

In a food processor pulse raw almonds into a coarse meal. Add the rolled oats and grind to a fine powder. It’s okay if there are a few small almond chunks remaining. Empty into a small bowl.


Add the soaked dates, the water, and the rum to the food processor. Process for one minute intervals, stopping to scrape down the sides until a smooth paste forms. Add the oat and almond powder back to the food processor, along with the three tablespoons of cocoa powder. Process all ingredients together until a soft dough begins to form.


Using about a tablespoon of the dough at a time, roll it into a ball. Repeat until all remaining dough is gone. Toss the balls in two to three tablespoons cocoa powder or unsweetened shredded coconut in a shallow bowl until fully covered.

Store in the fridge to set for a few hours. If you wish to have it a little harder, add some coconut oil to the mixture. Enjoy!

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