Rum Balls (Gluten & Grain Free, Paleo)
These gluten & grain free Rum Balls are the perfect way to get the party started during the holidays! Chocolate and rum come together in this recipe to make a rich and soul warming treat! Enjoy this healthy spin on rums balls any time of the year–not just the holidays.
My love for rum balls dates back to my little Jen days. My Nonna (a.k.a. Ma) use to make them for the family around Christmas time. Not sure who inspired her to make rum balls since they’re not a traditional Italian recipe, BUT I’m glad she did because they were delish!
Since my craving for rum balls is still strong, I decided to put a healthy spin on this popular treat which can be enjoyed any time of the year–not just the holidays.
Most traditional rum ball recipes are packed with low-quality and inflammatory ingredients like vanilla waffers, confectioners’ sugar and corn syrup.
Instead of using vanilla waffers, I use a combo of almond flour and shredded coconut, which creates a great gluten free base. I also kicked nasty corn syrup and confectioners’ sugar out and replaced them with a natural and pure sweetener, maple syrup.
The combination of coconut, rum and chocolate makes this a delicious treat you’ll crave all year round. Give this easy, no-bake recipe a try!
For a alcohol free and kid friendly version, omit rum and increase maple syrup to 1/2 cup.
What you need for Rum Balls
- Almond flour
- Shredded coconut
- Dark rum
- Coconut oil
- Cocoa powder
- Maple syrup
- Sea salt
- Coconut palm sugar (optional)
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- 1.5 cup almond flour
- 1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
- 1/4 cup dark rum
- 1/4 cup raw coconut oil, melted & cooled
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1-2 tbsp coconut palm sugar, to coat balls (optional)
- 1-2 tbsp shredded coconut, to coat balls (optional)
- In a large bowl, whisk together dark rum, maple syrup and coconut oil.
- Mix in shredded coconut, cocoa powder, almond flour and sea salt.
- Add an additional almond flour (1 tbsp. at a time), if needed for a thicker consistency.
- Using a teaspoon, scoop batter and roll into balls.
- Optional: To coat balls, roll in coconut palm sugar or shredded coconut.
- Store balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.