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December 1, 2014
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A healthier Christmas treat

En sundere jule-snack.

Cinnamon Maple Candied Pecans. A healthy Christmas snack.

Cinnamon Maple Candied Pecans. A healthy Christmas snack.

 

Happy 1st of December! At the expense of sounding super cliché – I can’t believe it is already December. My head is buzzing with so many things – school, musical practice, dance lessons, a ton of Christmas gatherings, smaller problems and not least the big project you make in senior year in Danish high school, SRP. I’ll get the thesis statement on Friday and then I’ll have two weeks to finish it. So sadly I don’t think I will be in the best Christmas mood until the 19th – so sad since I’m one of the biggest lovers of Christmas.

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Glædelig første december! Med fare for at lyde super kliche – jeg kan slet ikke forstå at det allerede er december. Mit hoved er fyldt med alt muligt lige fra skol til musical til dans til alle mulige mindre problemer og hundredvis af juleaftaler – og ikke mindst SRP, der starter på fredag. Så det er slet ikke gået op for mig at det snart er jul. Med den SRP hængende over hovedet er jeg bange for at det ikke rigtig bliver jul for mig før d. 19. når den er afleveret. Super ærgerrigt da det er den bedste tid på året.

 

Cinnamon Maple Candied Pecans. A healthy Christmas snack. Cinnamon Maple Candied Pecans. A healthy Christmas snack.

 

My friends use to tease me with the fact that I “don’t like nuts, which resembles brains”. Yep that is (sadly) a quote by me. But it is actually true. I would love to like walnuts and pecans, but I just don’t. But then I made this lovely autumn salad and then I figured that pecans and maple is the best combo ever. I love the mix of the bitter nuts and the sweet maple.

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Min veninder plejer at lave grin med at jeg ikke kan lide ”nødder, der ligner hjerner”. Det er (desværre) et direkte citat af mig selv, men det passer faktisk. Jeg vil så gerne kunne lide valnødder og pekannødder, men de er desværre ikke minde yndlings. Men da jeg lavede den her skønne efterårssalat fandt jeg ud af at pekannødder og ahornsirup er den geniale kombi. Virkelig. Jeg elsker kombinationen af de bitre nødder og den søde ahornsmag. SÅ lækkert!

 

Cinnamon Maple Candied Pecans. A healthy Christmas snack. Cinnamon Maple Candied Pecans. A healthy Christmas snack.

 

Despite the SRP I am determined to get the Christmas feeling back. So I’ve been lightning candles, baking cookies with my friends and I plan on putting up Christmas decorations real soon and eat a lot of delicious and healthy Christmas treats – like these wonderful cinnamon maple candied pecans.

Happy December!

 

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Jeg er fast besluttet på at komme i super julestemning trods SRP’en. Så jeg tænder lys, pynter op, hører julemusik og spiser lækker sund juleguf. Som de her skønne kanel-ahorn.

 

Glædelig december!

 

Cinnamon Maple Candied Pecans

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

A healthy Christmas treat

Ingredients

  • 80g. (1 cup) pecans
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (60mL) maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Heat up a small saucepan. Add the pecans and cinnamon and roast lightly for two minutes.
  2. Pour on the syrup and boil until almost all liquid is absorbed.
  3. Spread out on a piece of parchment paper to cool.
  4. Store in an airtight conatiner.
http://sproutedfig.com/cinnamon-maple-candied-pecans-kanel-ahornristede-pekannodder/

March 16, 2014

 Healthy Cookie Dough which actually tastes like cookie dough. No chickpeas. || The Smoothie Lover

If you’ve been following my blog for some time you’ll know I like dough and batter and under baked stuff. Actually I’d rather eat the dough than the cookies. And I like the batter better than the cake. And when it comes to baking buns or loaves I always end up eating at least one bun worth of dough. Yes, it’s that bad.

With that being said it is no wonder I went so happy when I found a recipe on healthy cookie dough on Pinterest a long time ago. Dough for breakfast?! Yes please! But I really didn’t like the recipe. It didn’t taste like cookies dough at all. I’ve tried a couple of other recipes on healthy cookie dough since, but neither of them were good. It was impossible to find one which actually tasted like cookie dough.

Healthy Cookie Dough which actually tastes like cookie dough. No chickpeas. || The Smoothie Lover

Healthy Cookie Dough which actually tastes like cookie dough. No chickpeas. || The Smoothie Lover

You know what all the recipes had in common? Chickpeas. As much as I love chickpeas I have to say that they do no good for cookie dough. I don’t know if I do anything wrong, but I could always taste the chickpeas and the dough got a king of “sharp” taste I didn’t like.

So I decided to develop a recipe on healthy cookie dough which actually tasted like cookie dough. This is the result.

I’ve tested them one some of my best friends and they really liked them (; One of them said she thought they had a slight taste of marzipan, and she’s actually right. But mostly they taste like cookie dough – the hint of marzipan isn’t very strong.

Healthy Cookie Dough which actually tastes like cookie dough. No chickpeas. || The Smoothie LoverHealthy Cookie Dough which actually tastes like cookie dough. No chickpeas. || The Smoothie Lover

BTW – I’m going to Barcelona tomorrow! On a study trip with my high school – everyone in DK goes on a study trip in the second year of high school (read about the school system here – it’s way different from others). I have been in Barcelona before, but I seriously love that city and can’t wait to go back. It is gonna be so nice. I’ll be posting pics on Instagram :)

 

This recipe uses brown sugar. I know this isn’t exactly healthy. I would actually have used coconut sugar, but we didn’t have any left. Feel free to sub coconut sugar or palm sugar for brown sugar.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Healthier Cookie Dough
 
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Serves: 30
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • ½ cup wholemeal flour
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar*
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. organic butter or any butter-like spread (make sure it is natural)
  • Chocolate chips - as many as your little heart desires (I used about ⅓ cup)
Instructions
  1. In a food processor grind the almonds until they resemble flour. Combine with wholemeal flour and brown sugar.
  2. Add in the honey, coconut oil and butter and pulse until well combined and it turns into dough.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the chocolate chips. Shame small balls and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Notes
* Sub with coconut or palm sugar for some 100% natural bites

 

March 14, 2014

Raw Coconut, Almond & Blueberry Tarts || The Smoothie Lover

I have been playing around with the thought of making a raw dessert for quite a while. My Pinterest feed is drowning in incredibly delicious-looking raw desserts and they all look and sound so good. An abundance of cashews, dates, coconut, fruit, almonds, walnuts, dried figs, cocoa and all kinds of berries. All some of my very favourite foods. Wo why not make some tarts?

I had never tried coconut whipped cream before I made these. WHAT? WHY? …I really don’t understand why. That stuff is great! So delicious and it has just the perfect texture. If you’ve never tried it go put a can of coconut milk in your refrigerator right now! Seriously.

Raw Coconut, Almond & Blueberry Tarts || The Smoothie LoverRaw Coconut, Almond & Blueberry Tarts || The Smoothie Lover

I made these super delicious tarts last Sunday – a wonderful sunny and warm spring day… which I sadly spend doing tons of homework. Gosh, how I’m tired of school and homework at the moment. I was warned this might happen. It does to almost everyone when they’re half way through second year (Ok, so the Danish school system is very different from others. It is totally optional if you want to go to high school or not (though the majority of people do go to high school). You are very independent and the idea is that you are there because you want to – not because someone told you to. Second year does not mean sophomore year. The Danish high school is like something in between high school and college. You start after 9th or 10th grade and it only takes three years to get through. But gosh, those are 3 tough years). Sigh…

I’m sorry. I’m very grateful I live in a country where you have an easy access to education. And I love learning. I just have to make something I really like doing in between all that work. Like cooking! Oh yes, cooking and photographing is definitely the key.

And so is eating delicious and healthy raw tarts. Back to the wonderful small desserts. Enjoy!

Raw Coconut, Almond & Blueberry Tarts || The Smoothie Lover

These small tarts are great as a sweet treat in the afternoon or as a little dessert.

The coconut whipped cream isn’t very sweet, but accompanied by the sweet date based crust these tarts are just the perfect mix between sweet and nutty. Enjoy!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Raw Coconut Blueberry Tarts
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 can of full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  • Beans from one vanilla pod (or 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract)
  • 1 cup soft dates (or dates soaked over night)
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 500 g.(1,1 pund) blueberries
Instructions
  1. Refridgerate the coconut milk overnight. DO NOT shake it.
  2. The day after open the can carefully and scoop out the thick layer of coconut "cream", which will be in the top of the can. Whip with an electric mixer until it resembles whipped cream. Add in vanilla and honey and whip for another 10 seconds.
  3. In a food processor grind the almonds until fine. Add in the dates and turn until everything sticks together.
  4. Shape 8 small tarts and place them on nonstick paper. Top with coconut whipped cream and blueberries and serve right away.

 

February 11, 2014

Welcome to the new layout. I know I’ve changed the layout of my blog a couple of times, but now I’m done. I’m very happy with this one.

I finally pulled myself together and bought a theme. I never really liked any of the free ones. I’ve bought the theme Mint Leaf from a lovely etsy shop called Dont Tell Anyone. If you ever consider buting a theme yourself you have to check out that shop. All of the themes are gorgeous and the service is excellent!

 

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I just came home from a very nice weekend trip to my grandmother. It is always nice visiting her. We usually cook a lot and go for a lot of walks.

My grandmother has just written down the story of her childhood. She grew up on a big farm on Funen and she remembers the second world war clearly. A very interesting read. Anyway, she asked me if I could help her adding photos to the story. And so I did. It was so much fun to look though all those old photos. I love old black and white photos like these. Check out the ones above. Pictures of my grandmother as a very little girl (she’s 78 years old by now).

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Classy graddad.
My mother and uncle.

One of the days my grandmother found an old box full of slides from the 60’s. There were tone of pictures of my very own mother as a baby and very little girl. And some of my granddad, whom I’ve sadly never known, since he died at a very young age. The little box in which you placed the slides in order to look at them pretty much resembled the microscopes we use in biotechnology. We recently found out that we could take a photo through the lens my our phones and in that way get a great picture of whatever was in the microscope, so I thought “Why not try that with the slides”. And it totally worked! So now I have some very nice old photos on my computer.

It was so nice to look trough them. Old pictures are the true treasuries in life.

Probably the healthiest brownie you'll ever have - and you won't even be able to tell. No butter, no flour and no refined sugar || The Smoothie LoverProbably the healthiest brownie you'll ever have - and you won't even be able to tell. No butter, no flour and no refined sugar || The Smoothie Lover

Enough talking about old photos and photo techniques. Let’s talk brownies.

My recipe on healthy avocado chocolate cookies is by far the most popular post on this blog. Many people have requested a recipe on a healthy brownie as well. I really love the cookies so I was so up for the challenge. So here it is: The healthiest brownie you’ll ever get.

These brownies are very dense (we like under baked brownies right?) but slightly more cloud-like than the usual brownie.

Enjoy!

5.0 from 8 reviews
Avocado Brownies
 
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 200 g. (1½ cup) avocado flesh* (very ripe, but not brown)
  • 1 cup (240mL) coconut sugar OR ½ cup (120 mL) honey*
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (240mL) dark cocoa powder (a bit more than 1 dl.)
  • 100 g. dark chocolate (I used 85% cocoa)
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 175°C / 350° F.
  2. In a bowl using a hand mixer (or use a stand mixer with the whipping-thing attached), mix together avocado and coconut sugar or honey until smooth. Beat in the eggs.
  3. Mix in the cocoa powder.
  4. In a foodprocessor grind the chocolate until fine (no lumps bigger than a small pea). Mix "chocolate-flour" into the dough.
  5. In a small bowl or glass dissolve the baking soda in water and add to the dough. Mix well.
  6. Butter a square pan or spring form. Pour the dough into the form and bake for approx. 20 minutes.
  7. Cool down outside the oven. Then cover and let cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours. The brownies becomes better the longer they sit in the fridge.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to an week.
Notes
* Some readers say they had to add a little more sweetener. I like my brownies or cookies a little bitter, so if you want them sweeter just add on some more.

January 2, 2014

Super healthy chocolate truffles. Wholesome and vegan. Without dried fruits. - The Smoothie Lover

Happy new year once again.

I’m really thrilled about the new year. I feel this is the year of change. There are so many small things i want to change. To better. 2014 is going to be great. I don’t know if you can call these actual resolutions, but here is what is going to happen in 2014:

But above them all I think this might be the most important:

Super healthy chocolate truffles. Wholesome and vegan. Without dried fruits. - The Smoothie Lover

I know the holidays are over but that doesn’t mean you can’t have sweets any more does it? Of course it doesn’t. Especially when we are talking about super healthy and wholesome truffles. With no funny ingredients.

I’ve become pretty obsessed with nut butters. Unfortunately the only kind you can buy here in Denmark is peanut, and I don’t like that very much. But when I ran out of the almond butter, which I bought in the US I decided to try and make my own nut butter. This time with Brazil nuts. Great decision! It is way easier to get the oil out of Brazil nuts than almonds and hazelnuts.

Super healthy chocolate truffles. Wholesome and vegan. Without dried fruits. - The Smoothie Lover

Super healthy chocolate truffles. Wholesome and vegan. Without dried fruits. - The Smoothie Lover 2

I escuse for the bad white balance in the pictures. I don’t know what went wrong.

Enjoy!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Healthy Chocolate Truffles & New Year Resolutions
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 dl.) Brazil nut butter (or other nut butter*)
  • ½ cup (1 dl.) cooked chickpeas (canned is good)
  • 3 tbsp. honey or agave (for vegan truffles use agave)
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ cup (1 dl.) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup (1 dl.) shredded coconut for rolling
Instructions
  1. In a food processor blend together nut butter and chickpeas.
  2. Add in the honey/agave and salt and blend. Then add the cocoa powder.
  3. Eventually add more sweetener if desired.
  4. Shape into small balls and roll in shredded coconut.
  5. The truffles are best when refrigerated for at least half an hour.
  6. Store in an airtight conatiner.
Notes
* The truffles will have a slight taste of the nut butter, which you use. Almond butter is very neutral whereas peanut butter is very characteristic. Use whatever you want.

 

November 25, 2013

Homemade Apple Chips with cinnamon. Easy and healthy

With less than a week until December starts I’m already planning on what to make and bake for the holidays. I know the holidays starts this week for most of you since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but unfortunately we don’t celebrate it here in Denmark. I wish we did, though.

Anyways… I plan to make a lot of healthier treats this December. Well I have to make the mandatory vanilla wreaths, which is a kind of Danish butter cookies, as usual, thought they aren’t exactly healthy. But Christmas isn’t meant to be healthy and I think it is a time of the year where you really should treat yourself.

Back to the healthy treats: I’ve already healthified the Riz á l’Amande and the Pepper Nuts, but now it is time for one of my favorite treats which are totally healthy “from birth”:

Apple Chips

Homemade Apple Chips with cinnamon. Easy and healthy

Seriously; apple chips are underestimated. Nobody gives them the attention, they deserve. Yeah, I’m serious here. They are so good!

I love the taste and texture but what I also love is that they are completely healthy and natural. Nothing but apples. Wonderful!

They are very easy to make and it is a great recipe for late fall, since the apples (sadly) aren’t as delicious and crisp as they were at the beginning of the fall.

Homemade Apple Chips with cinnamon. Easy and healthy

Oh! BTW – I’ve gotten photoshop! I’m SO exited. That program is amazing. You probably can’t really see that I’ve edited these photos in photoshop instead of iPhoto as I usually do, since I’m not very good at it yet. I hope one day to be very good at it (:

Have a great week everyone!

Homemade Apple Chips
 
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Serves: 2 baking sheets
Ingredients
  • 2 apples
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 100°C / 210°F.
  2. Slice the apples into thin slices.
  3. Place the apple slices on a bang sheet with nonstick paper. The apples should not overlap each other.
  4. Eventually sprinkle with cinnamon.
  5. Bake for approx. 3 hours.

 

November 11, 2013

Healthy Cinnamon Truffles. A perfect healthy Christmas snack. #vegan #christmas

Today it suddenly occurred to me how close December is. 19 days to be exact. Wow, how time flies.

I’m one of those persons who love, love, love Christmas. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. Everything about Christmas is just perfect. Well, except that the food isn’t exactly healthy. But we can fix that! I’m working in a couple of recipes on healthy christmas foods. Yum!

Healthy Cinnamon Truffles. A perfect healthy Christmas snack. #vegan #christmas

I think the best “candy” you can ever have is dried fruits and nuts (and dark chocolate). I don’t like the thought of all the artificial ingredients in store bought candy. Ugh. Therefor I almost always make my own treats for “Friday-candy” or other occasions where you get sweets.

This time I’ve made a new kind of treats. I know they look like these healthy oatmeal bites, but they are nothing like them. I was just “stupid” and rolled the oatmeal-ones in cocoa. They didn’t need that. These truffles, however, definitely need the cocoa. Well, they taste good without the cocoa, but is really adds a nice touch. And cocoa is an antioxidant! (source)

Healthy Cinnamon Truffles. A perfect healthy Christmas snack. #vegan #christmas

So instead of the usual christmas sweets grape truffles or two (or five, if you are like me). They are so good! I promise.

Healthy Cinnamon Truffles
 
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Makes 20 truffles
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2,5 dl) almonds
  • 1 cup (2,5 dl) dates, pitted
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp. black pepper (yes...)
  • Eventually ¼ tsp. cloves
  • 2 tbsp. orange juice
  • Cocoapowder for rolling
Instructions
  1. Place the almonds, dates, cinnamon and pepper (and cloves) in a food processor and pulse until it resembles dough.
  2. Add in the orange juice and blend until the mixture stick together.
  3. Roll into balls and roll in cocoa powder.
  4. Store in a an airtight container for up to one week (eventually in the fridge)

 

October 5, 2013

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Apples! Apples everywhere.

Yep – today was the day of the annually apple picking. A day I always look really much forward to.

Not far from where we live is a big apple orchard with around 15 different types of apples and endless rows of apple trees all packed with red ripe apples. And these apples are the best! I love freshly picked autumn apples SO much.

I’ve always been picking apples with my mom (and last year with my grand mom as well), and this year we went with one of my very god friends Nicole and her mother. So cozy!

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I can’t wait to make something with these beauties. I’m thinking apple crumble, apple bread, apple toddy, juices and baked apples. Oh it’s gonna be so good.

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Sorry for the rush through this post. I’m sitting in my bed after quite a long day and I’m exhausted. I just really wanted to share this little recipe on healthy chocolate energy balls, which are amazing.

In Denmark we have an amazingly delicious treat which we call “oatmeal balls”. Sounds healthy right! It is not. They basically consists of oatmeal, cocoa, sugar and butter (a lot of butter). But they are SO good. So I’ve been wanting to make a healthy version for a long time.

And here it is: Enjoy!

Healthy Chocolate Energy Balls
 
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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • 3 tbsp. agave
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup oldfashioned oatmeal
  • 1 tsp. coarse salt
Instructions
  1. Stir together almond butter and agave. Add in the cocoa powder and salt
  2. Then add the oatmeal
  3. Roll into small balls and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  4. Enjoy
Notes
Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

 

March 18, 2013

Lately i’ve been completely obsessed with paleo food and recipes. I’ve always been kind of a “nature girl”. I love spending time outside, running walking, and I love the thought of organic foods and eco-friendly things. Oooh, and I love Greenpeace and I really really really wanna participate in Earth Hour the 23th of March. Aaaaaand I often think about taking an education in something like geography and geo-informatics. You know something about the environment. Yeah, I know it sounds quite nerdy, but really – I love the thought of saving the environment :-)

Well, back to the topic – food: I think the fact, that I really like everything natural, also makes me like natural foods. I love the thought of getting back to basis. You know – eating like cavemen did. Eating the things us humans used to. This is why I like the idea about a paleo diet.

That said, I’m not going completely paleo. At least not while I live at home. But from time to time I think it’s great to eat paleo. And it actually makes you feel you have more energy :-)

Well, and as a bonus, it’s incredibly delicious!

Just look at these lovely raw, paleo, vegan cocoa energy bars.

Yummy yum! They are so good.

I got the idea from these raw brownie bites. I really like those, and then I thought: Why not making them into bars instead of bites? That means more deliciousness for me. Win!

I really have to excuse it has been such a long time since I have blogged last. I’ve been so busy. It’s spring (surprise) and spring means time for ballet performances. Wuhuu. It’s the best time of the year (though it can be a bit stressful with school and everything).

We are going to Barcelona in just 10 days :) I can’t wait!

Well – here’s the recipe :-)

Paleo Cocoa Energy Bars
6 bars

If the dates and raisins are very hard soak them in water (eventually boiling) for 5-10 minutes.
In a food processor, grind the nuts. Add the salt and cocoa powder and blend until combined. Add the dates and raisins and pulse until a dough forms.
Spread the mixture out in a little square pan. Refrigerate for 5-10 minutes then cut into bars. 
Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Enjoy!

February 15, 2013

I’ve been thinking a lot about changing the layout of my blog. You know – make a change, try something new. I really like small doodles and drawings and actually I also enjoy drawing. Not that I’m very good at it, but I like it.

Furthermore I’d like to make my blog more personal and the layout slightly more sophisticated. Not that I don’t like by now, I just think I need some changes. Lately I want to change a lot of things. I’ve just changed my field of study at the high school. Well, it wasn’t that a big change. I’m just going to have the subject biotechnology as well now, and I didn’t have to change class (in Denmark you attend a permanent class according to your field of study). Looking forward to attending that class.

And I want to change my room (I’ve got lots of new ideas), change my entire closet (well, doesn’t every girl?), get time for drawing, get more spontaneous, start dancing another thing than just ballet, get better at photography, play the piano, get even better at running, etc etc etc. And I just changed almost my entire iTunes library (except for Tina Dickow, she can stay)

But I’ll start with my blog :-)
I’m working on it!

But right now I’d just like to share a great recipe on a incredibly delicious Danish treat – Rum Balls!

(Don’t wory, you don’t have to put real rum in them)

In Denmark you can buy rum balls at almost every bakery. They usually sell some very big ones – like the size of you fist. Yeah!

And they are very inexpensive. And why? Because the main ingredient is leftover cake – yes, leftover cake.

But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. They are amazing!

Some days ago I made this lovely zucchini brownie. There was some left and I thought; Why not make it into rum balls?

And so I did.

The result was great.

Rum Balls
Makes 25 balls
Slightly adapted from this recipe by cutecarbs

Crumbl the cake into very small pieces, preferably in a food processor. Transfer to a bowl and mix in grated marzipan, cocoa powder and jam. Melt the chocolate and pour it into the “dough”. Season with rum essence. 
Cover and place in the fridge for about half an hour to firm up. 
Make small balls out of the dough roll them in cocoa powder, sprinkles or coconut flour – OR (to make them even better) place in the fridge for another half an hour and cover them in melted dark chocolate and then roll them in sprinkles – YUM!
Enjoy!