Yummy Christmas Treats

I have been playing in the kitchen the last couple of days and have discovered that Amazeballs lend themselves beautifully to Christmas flavours.  Joy!  Easy as pie to make and full of Christmas cheer, I’m pretty chuffed with these.

Christmas is the season for nuts and dried fruits, and here they are combined with traditional winter spices to create deliciously festive, completely guilt free, little Christmas treats. Inspired by Christmassy flavour combinations we know and love, each recipe makes enough Amazeballs to fill two half litre Kilner jars, each one of which would make a perfect present.  To my mind there is nothing better than giving, or receiving, home made gifts, especially when they are as healthy and nutritious as these.

Cranberry and Orange Amazeballs

Zesty and fresh-tasting, and packed with all the vitamins and phyto-nutrients found in fresh cranberries, these little gems pack a punch and are completely delicious.

Christmas treats

Ingredients
  • 1 cup medjool dates, de-stoned and roughly chopped (approx 20 dates)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (I bought fresh cranberries and dried them myself in a very low oven as the ones you can get ready dried tend to be loaded with added sugar)
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup pecans
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

 

Mince Pie Amazeballs

These make me particularly happy.  Since I gave up gluten some while ago, resisting mince pies at Christmas has always been a struggle – and now I can still feel I am indulging, without paying the price later.  Bliss!

Christmas treats

Ingredients
  • ½ cup medjool dates, de-stoned and roughly chopped (approx 10 dates)
  • ½ cup each golden sultanas and raisins which have been soaked for 2 hours in …
  • ½ cup brandy (optional)
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

 

Method

It’s the same method for both varieties – bung everything in the food processor and whizz until well combined and clumped together.  Roll into approximately 20 little balls. What could be easier than that?  Happy Christmas everyone! xxx

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