Cleanse Breaking Coconut Rum Balls

Okay so… rum is not part of my cleanse plan.

And I know we’re so far away from Christmas that even the mention of rum balls may be depressing for some of you [sorry].

But with 12 inches of snowfall on Saturday, my mind + body was totally seasonally confused.

It all started when I’d gotten back from an afternoon walk with the dogs.

The air was cold, the wind was blowing, and there was so much snow in my boots I could no longer feel my toes.

Next thing I knew I was grabbing the rum and pouring it into my chocolate batter.

I’d like to propose we bring back the rum ball and make it an all season dessert. Anyone with me?

I was off my cleanse for 5 minutes as I enjoyed these gluten and sugar free creations, then whipped up a batch of carrot, ginger, lemon juice to offset the alcohol.

haha I can’t believe I just typed that.

A girl’s gotta have some fun once in awhile.

Cleanse Breaking Coconut Rum Balls

Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free

These easy to make chocolaty balls are sugar free and loaded with rum fiber rich coconut.


  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 5 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon rum – I used white because it’s all we had, but dark would be good too!
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicon baking mat.
  2. Combine eggs, dates, coconut oil, rum, and vanilla in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a medium sized bowl and add coconut flour and cacao powder. Stir until combined.
  4. Shape batter into balls and roll in shredded coconut.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until coconut is starting to turn golden.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack for 10 minutes.

Makes 12 rum balls.

Where this recipe lacks in cleanse-worthiness [I don't even know if that makes sense], it makes up for in high quality ingredients.

A general recipe for rum balls includes:

pecans, wafer cookies, powdered sugar, shortening, cocoa powder, corn syrup, rum

Moral of the story: if you’re going to have rum balls while on a cleanse, have these ones.

What’s your favorite rum filled recipe?

I promise, no more rum until I’m done this cleanse… I’m just curious.

Mine would definitely have to be rum balls!

What’s the weather like where you are?

What’s the best thing you ate over the weekend?

Peach pancake cobblers… mmmm

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  1. A foot of snow?! Holy… We only got like 1-2″. I’m in south eastern BC… I know you said you lived in Vancouver but I can’t remember if you said where you live now. Still in BC? So yeah we got snow on Saturday and then yesterday was so warm we were out without sweaters and it was bright and sunny. Weeeird. Love rum balls <3 Yours look amazing, I'm saving the recipe :D

    • I’m in Calgary. It was bright and sunny on Sunday, I think it was about 3C. Nice that you guys only got 2″!

  2. I’m all for bringing rum balls back as an all-season recipe – especially ones with high quality ingredients like these! :)

    I can’t believe you guys got 12 inches of snow this weekend! I feel bad saying this – but it was 74 degrees last night!! That was short-lived though because now it’s in the 40’s and raining! Mother Nature just can’t seem to make up her mind!

    • mmm 74. That sounds delightful. We probably wont hit those temperatures until late June.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more. Something about snow makes me want to make sugar cookies, listen to jingle bells and pig out on rum balls. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks its perfectly okay!

  3. nice! those look fantastic!! the weather where I am is windy, then sunny and warm, then it hails, snows a bit, and the sun comes out again (in the same day). The Pacific Northwest can’t make up its mind. :)

  4. Yum! Good for you. LIfe is short! Eat some fricken rum balls! I wonder how it would be if I used brandy instead? What do you think? For some reason, rum and I don’t really get along. I think it might be ok in such a small amount but I’m not sure. Hmmm….

  5. Um, these sounds like exactly what I need to make tonight. Exactly. YUM.

    We’re having some seriously awesome weather. Sorry it’s snowing there!

  6. Oh rum, I mean yum!! These look so fabulous! The snow was so confusing! Imagine my confusion after driving South for 1 hours to get to some place warmer and waking up to snow!!! Great way to melt the snow!!

    • deal! The snow had everything to do with the rum balls. At least I have a great Christmas recipe prepped and ready to go! haha

    • Hey Jenn, I’m happy you stopped to say hi :) Thanks for your kind words!

  7. i’m with you on being seasonally confused!! i wish the weather would make up its mind!
    i’ve never used coconut flour before.. where do you buy yours?
    these look delicious, leanne!

    • Hi Katie, I get my coconut flour at Bulk Barn or Planet Organic (health food store). It’s the cheapest at the Bulk Barn though!

  8. After a trip to Jamaica and 10 small bottles of rum (my husband won them all playing games) I made a banana, coconut rum cake for a Christmas party. It was a huge hit. It’s 25 degrees today in Sydney.

    • That coconut rum cake sounds amazing! I bet you were the talk of the party! I think we’re going to get up to 5 degrees today before we get some flurries this afternoon. Booo for flurries!

    • haha thanks, Cassie. Have fun making that mac n’ cheese. It gets pretty orange, so it’s perfect for the kids! I don’t know why they’re so obsessed with the neon color of kraft dinner!

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