I have decided I’m getting into the festive spirit early this year. I love Christmas, I always have, but quite often it sneaks up on me and before I know it, the Christmas Day is here and I have barely had time to get my Christmas shopping done. I’m sure this year won’t be any different but I have decided to at least be festive in my cooking for the whole month of December.
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get an email from Lisa over at Mummy Made.It letting me know about her amazing new e-book, A Healthy Christmas, which is full of a heap of gorgeous healthy holiday recipes. All of her recipes are gluten free and from what I have tried so far, delicious!!
These Chocolate Orange Truffles are like little raw jaffas and are perfect for Christmas, whether as a gift or for entertaining guests. They are gluten free, vegan and paleo, and if you need a nut free version I would suggest giving sunflower seeds a go in place of the almonds. And there we go, that should be everyones allergies and intolerances covered for Christmas!
Next up I’ll be trying Lisa’s gingerbread cupcakes which sound ridiculous!! For those of you interested in getting yourself a copy, you can follow this link, or there is a link to the book in my sidebar. It is only $9.99 and if you are into gingerbread you will want to take a look!! This is an affiliate link, meaning that if you buy the book using the link o my page I will get a percentage of the sale. Don’t worry, the price stays the same for you and you can be sure that I wouldn’t promote something that I don’t 100% believe in.
Chocolate Orange Bliss Balls
Dietary Information: Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan, Wheat Free
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 14 balls
- 1.5 cups dates (soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes if not soft enough)
- 1.5 teaspoons orange rind
- 1/3 cup blanched almonds (or another nut)
- 1.5 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- 1.5 tablespoons cocoa (or cacao powder)
- 1/4 cup desiccated coconut or cocoa/cacao powder (optional)
Place all the ingredients, except the coconut, in a blender and process until well combined.
Divide the mixture into even portions and roll into balls.
Roll the balls in the coconut or cacao powder if desired and store in the refrigerator.