Vegan Rum and Raisin Balls

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on July 25, 2012

Life is crazy right now. In less than a week, I’ll be leaving my job of 7 years to pursue a life of helping the community with their food choices, creating recipes, sharing them with all of you, and taking photos throughout the journey. Every time I picture myself working from home – having the time to focus on the things that matter to me, launching projects that I’ve been dreaming of for months, and getting somewhat of a normal life back, I get all giddy. It’s so obviously the right decision for me!

In addition to trying to figure out what life will be like come August 1, there’s something huge going on behind the scenes. As most huge things go, I can’t share the details yet but what I can say is that it will be one heck of an adventure filled with new experiences that will undoubtedly push me far beyond the realm of comfort. It’s no India, but I’d like to think of it as the next big chapter!

I’ve been so consumed with the changes going on that I’ve forgotten to pack my lunch on multiple occasions, just about published Monday’s post without including the recipe, and caught myself squeezing face wash onto my toothbrush yesterday morning instead of toothpaste. I’m hoping that once things begin to fall into place in the coming weeks, I’ll spend less time running around like a chicken with my head cut off and more time brushing my teeth with actual toothpaste, and taking a breather every once in awhile.

To help me get my mind off things, I set aside Saturday as a baking day of epic proportions. I spent the whole day consumed with thoughts of new ingredients, debating whether a purple background fit a rum ball, and then battled with whether or not I should even be making rum balls in the middle of the Summer. I’m glad my inner pirate won the battle on this one. Rum balls in July? Heck, why not!

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Vegan Rum and Raisin Balls
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Allergens: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free
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Serves: 12 balls, 12 servings
 
8 ingredient rum and raisin balls sweetened with maple syrup and rolled in toasted coconut.
Ingredients
Wet
  • 2 tbsp white rum
  • 3 tbsp water (or more rum)
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
Dry
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup pepita seeds
  • 3 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Spread coconut out onto a baking sheet and toast for 2 minutes. Watch carefully to avoid burning it! Once toasted, set aside.
  3. Add all wet ingredients to the bowl of your food processor and process until smooth.
  4. Add ½ cup toasted coconut and all other dry ingredients to your food processor and pulse until combined but still chunky.
  5. Roll into balls and roll in reserved ½ cup toasted coconut.
  6. Place balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat and bake in 350F preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until golden.

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katie @KatieDid

Rum in the summer, well of course! I’m happy that life is falling into place for you Leanne and can’t wait to hear about this next chapter!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

That’s what I said! Thanks a bunch, Katie :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

I don’t think I’ve ever tried a rum and raisin ball, vegan or otherwise! I’m so so excited for you and your new adventure. Not long now!!! :)

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com }

Can’t wait to hear what the huge news is!

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Andrea

My comment didn’t show up so if this is a duplicate, sorry! You are too funny, I’m glad you noticed the face wash before you actually began to brush your teeth ;) These rum balls look delicious and I find it perfectly acceptable to make rum balls in the middle of July. I’m known to break out the frozen pumpkin from last fall in the middle of summer! Can’t wait to hear your news, how long until you can share?! Enjoy your last week at your job Leanne! :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

No double comment, you’re good! I’m glad to hear you still use pumpkin in the Summer, I’m the same way… sometimes I just cannot resist!

Well, it’s all going down on August 28, so I’ll share before then… hopefully!

Woot! Last week *doing the happy dance*

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Andrea

Yay! Can’t wait to hear about it!

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

I’m just glad I’m not the only one that spends the whole day consumed with thoughts of ingredients! That is so my world! I’m so excited for you! Such a fun new adventure! The balls sound delicious of course…but you really could not have gone wrong with these ingredients. YUM!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks

A few years ago I made vegan rum cake balls – your pictures rock. Mine do not. I need to make yours!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Vegan rum CAKE balls… that sounds very intriguing. It’s always so challenging taking pictures of balls, there’s only so many ways to position them!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks

yea and 3+ years ago I had zero clue, a crawling baby, and…no skills. Lol

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Alissa N

I am sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to learn about what the next adventure might be. I look up to you a lot because you are doing the things and living the life that I aspire to (quitting your job and following your heart!). I am so, so happy for you because you are awesome and deserve it (and because it gives me faith that one day I might be able to do the same!). Awesome pictures and recipe as usual!! :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thank you, Alissa :) I cannot wait to share. Just a couple of weeks, I’m sure. Thanks for your words of encouragement and confidence in me. Taking all of these leaps has been ultra, mega scary, but absolutely necessary for my personal development and journey to finding myself and how I fit into the world. My Mom always used to sing this song to me, “you can do what you want to do, you can be who you want to be…” any time I get scared thinking I can’t do something, I’m reminded that; if I really, really want it, I gotta just GO for it! You can totally, absolutely do the same!

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Heather McCann

These sound awesome! …and I am with you..I NON-STOP think of ingredients….lol
Thanks for sharing :)

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Sondi

Congratulations on leaving your job and taking the next big step. Can’t wait to hear more about what your plans are! I hope you absolutely love the upcoming part of your journey.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thank you, Sondi! Should be a good one :)

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Michelle

Wow, sounds like you have some good times coming your way! I always feel proud of women when they take a huge step on their path of personal development, especially when it involves leaping out of the perceived “safety” of a “regular” job to do something they’ve really set their hearts on. It’s an aspiration I’ve had for so long… I left college 15 years ago, creative writing degree in hand, big dreams of writing the great American novel (or at least a teen fiction that would be published). Things haven’t gone the way I envisioned (I’ve been working as a data analyst for the past 5 years, ha!), but I’ve learned so much along the way that I’m not sure anything else would have worked for me. I hope this next chapter of yours is brilliantly full of experiences, challenges and absolute joy!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thank you Michelle! You’re right, when we’re taken down a path that’s far off from where we thought we were going to be, it’s often exactly what we needed. My full-time job is marketing in the online payments sector. So absolutely different from nutrition and helping people realize the power of food! But hey, I’ve learned more than I ever thought possible and many of the skills have transferred so well into what I’m doing now. Funny how it just all comes together! Thanks for your words of encouragement!

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Squash Blossom Babies

Those are so cute! I MUST try this recipe!

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Holly

Yummy! Good luck on your new projects!

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Susan

Sounds so interesting and good. Printed and will make. Thanks!

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