Christmas Pudding Balls
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Originally I designed this recipe for the Be a Fun Mum website. I can't wait to make these with my little girls this year.
Serves: 30 - 40
  • 1 cup dates (pitted)
  • ⅓ cup of coconut oil (melted – a quick 15-20 sec zap in the microwave will do)
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ½ cup mixed dried fruit
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut (plus extra to roll the balls in at the end)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp all spice
  1. Soak the 1 cup of dates in hot water for 15 minutes and melt the coconut oil.
  2. Measure out the pecans, mixed dried fruit, cocoa powder and desiccated coconut into the food processor bowl.
  3. Add the soaked dates and coconut oil to the food processor bowl with the vanilla extract and all spice. Whizz until all really well blended.
  4. Set up the rolling and coating station. If leaving the mixture in the food processor, remove the blades before letting the kids at it OR use a new bowl.
  5. Roll teaspoons of the mixture into balls and toss through the coconut.
  6. Put the balls into the fridge to set for 2 hours.
  7. This mix should make between 30 and 40 balls (depending how much of the mix the kids eat!) The set pudding balls can then be moved to an airtight container for storage for up to 5 days.
  8. Remember – the motor planning for rolling the balls and coating them will improve with practice and dexterity. Even if the balls aren’t consistent shapes, they are made with love!
Recipe by Play With Food at