Vegan – 6 Ingredients – 5 Minutes Preparation – Date Free – Low Sugar –
Sugar Free Option – Dairy Free – Nut Free
A variation of these deliciously sweet chocolate and coco-nutty balls has been floating around my family for years now. Whenever there was a family gathering, my Grandma would make these, much to everyone’s delight. Despite being referred to as rum balls, my family’s version has never contained rum – just maria/marie biscuits, cocoa powder, coconut and condensed milk.
The two issues I faced when trying to veganise the recipe were finding biscuits which didn’t contain animal products and that I’d never seen vegan condensed milk at the supermarket. There are probably vegan condensed milk recipes online but I didn’t even bother to look. I threw a few ingredients together, heated them and (somehow) on my first attempt, I had created something which closely resembled regular condensed milk.
Even with the process of making your own faux vegan condensed milk, these rum(less) balls are such a simple treat to make. With just six ingredients (none of which are dates for those date haters out there!), a stove or microwave and some sort of food processor or blender, you can make your own batch in just a few minutes.
As quick as these are to make, they’ll be demolished even faster!
100g vegan maria/marie biscuits (I used sugar-free ones I found at ALDI that are accidentally vegan!)
1/3 cup desiccated coconut
2 Tbsp cocoa/cacao powder
1/2 cup non-dairy milk
2-3 tsp sweetener (use stevia or xylitol for a sugar-free option)
1 Tbsp tapioca starch
In a bowl, whisk together the sweetener, tapioca starch and non-dairy milk, making sure there are no lumps (optional: add in a bit of vanilla extract for added flavour)
Microwave on high for 45 seconds and whisk the mixture
Microwave for a further 45 seconds and whisk again – you’re looking for a thick custard-like mixture which closely resembles condensed milk
If you prefer not to use a microwave, simply heat the mixture on the stove for two minutes, whisking until the milk thickens
Set the vegan condensed milk to the side to cool
In a food processor or blender, pulse the biscuits to a fine crumb
Transfer the crushed biscuits to a mixing bowl and stir in the coconut and cocoa powder
Once the vegan condensed milk has cooled, add to the mixing bowl and combine well
Mould the mixture into evenly sized balls and roll in some extra desiccated coconut to make them look nice and pretty
Refrigerate to firm up and enjoy!
Makes 25 balls
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