These Date and Nut Mini Christmas Puddings contain no refined sugar and are sweetened with dates. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
WARNING: Date and Nut Mini Christmas Puddings are highly addictive. Try not to eat all the mixture before actually making the puddings!
There is a reason I don’t make my nut balls very often – I just can’t stop eating them! These Mini Christmas Puddings are made using a similar recipe but with added cinnamon and ground ginger to give them more of a festive flavour.
Bliss balls/energy balls, such as these, are not something I give my kids on a daily bases. Although they contain all natural ingredients I often question how healthy they actually are (especially when we can consume a whole batch in one sitting). They do still contain a lot of sugar from the delicious dates and I definitely consider them an occasional food. That being said, they are packed full of nutritious nuts and I would still rather my kids ate a batch of these over-processed treats.
I made these in my food processor and I used Medjool dates, which are lovely and soft and break up well for mixing. If you are using dates that are drier then you may wish to soak them in hot water before adding them to the food processor. If you have a premium blender then you could also make these in the blender.
Once the balls are formed add a little greek yoghurt to represent custard and some goji berries and seeds to form the holly. When I made these last year I used pumpkin seeds. I didn’t have any left today and so used sunflower seeds but I think the pumpkin seeds are more effective.
These would make a great gift if you replaced the yoghurt with white chocolate. I think I will be making a few for Finn’s nursery teachers.
Mini Christmas Puddings
- 70 g (1/2 cup) pitted dates
- 50 g (1/2 cup) walnut pieces
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 2 tbsp greek yoghurt
- small handful of goji berries
- small handful of pumpkin / sunflower seeds
- Place the walnuts in a food processor and blitz until they are finely crushed
- Add the dates, peanut butter cinnamon & ginger and continue to blend to a paste consistency
- Roll into small balls (to desired size, I like to make little mini ones)
- If needed place in the fridge to harden
- Add a little greek yoghurt to the top to represent the custard
- Cut goji berries in half and form into balls (3 per pudding)
- Place on top of the pudding along with a couple of the seeds (see picture)
- Nutritional Information is an ESTIMATE only, calculated using an online nutrition calculator.