Healthy Rum Balls

Healthy rum balls that taste just like the real thing. Vegan and low fat.

I used to love rum balls. Like a lot. It’d be my first choice at the bakery (well, maybe second after scones, but whatever). They just have such an amazing flavour and texture and argh… So good. So when one of my friends, Anna, wrote me last week telling me she had made healthy rum balls and demanding me making them, I didn’t hesitate long. Less than 12 hours after I had a big box full of delicious super healthy rum balls that tastes just like the real thing. Magic.

Healthy Rum Balls

My friend just wrote to me what she’d added to the rum balls, and then I figured out the ratios. Anna, you’re a genius.

The rum balls are sweetened with dates nd have grounded oats as a base, which makes them not only healthy and filling, but also low in fats and low calorie compared the “real” rum balls. Epic win!

You can get almond and rum extract in ordinary super markets. They should be situated next to the baking stuff. Otherwise just use real rum, right?

Healthy Rum Balls

Healthy rum balls that taste just like the real thing. Vegan and low fat.
Servings: 10 small rum balls


  • 1 cup (240mL) rolled oats

  • 1/4 cup (60mL) cashews or almonds

  • 1/4 tsp. coarse salt

  • 1/4 cup (60mL) cocoa powder

  • 1/2 cup (120mL) dates, about 5 medium dates

  • 1/4 cup (60mL / 4 tbsp) coffee (you can use decaf)

  • 1-2 tsp. almond extract

  • 1 tsp. rum extract (or 1 tbsp. rum)

  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup or 1 more date.

  • Optional: melted dark chocolate for dipping, desiccated coconut for rolling


  • Place oats and cashews in a blender and blend until it turns into flour. Add in salt and cocoa powder and pulse to combine.
  • Now add in the dates and blend until there are no lumps left. Pour in coffee and extracts and pulse until it resembles dough. Add in maple syrup or more dates if needed.
  • Roll into balls. Eventually dip the balls in melted dark chocolate or roll them in desiccated coconut.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

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