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September 15, 2015

Sunde romkugler. Veganske og fedt fattige. 

Healthy rum balls that taste just like the real thing. Vegan and low fat.


I used to love rum balls. Like a lot. It’d be my first choice at the bakery (well, maybe second after scones, but whatever). They just have such an amazing flavour and texture and argh… So good. So when one of my friends, Anna, wrote me last week telling me she had made healthy rum balls and demanding me making them, I didn’t hesitate long. Less than 12 hours after I had a big box full of delicious super healthy rum balls that tastes just like the real thing! Seriously.

Romkugler har altid været mit number one choice hos bageren (okay, måske kun lige overgået af scones, for de er godt nok for gode). Jeg er bare helt vild med den cremede konsistens, deres tung-hed (kan man overhovedet sige det?) og smagt og argh… De er bare så gode! Så da en af mine veninder, Anna, skrev til mig, at hun havde lavet sunde romkugler og forlangte at jeg lavede dem, tøvede jeg ikke længe. Mindre end 12 timer efter havde jeg en dejlig stor boks med de skønneste, sunde romkugler.

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My friend just wrote to me what she’d added to the rum balls – and then I‘ve figured out the ratios. Anna, you’re a genius!

The rum balls are sweetened with dates nd have grounded oats as a base, which makes them not only healthy and filling, but also low in fats and low calorie compared the real thing. Epic win!

You can get almond and rum extract in ordinary super markets – they should be situated next to the baking stuff. Otherwise just use real rum – the amount of alcohol will be so small the balls can still be considered healthy.

Anna skrev bare, hvad hun havde puttet i romkuglerne og så lavede jeg ellers selv opskriften – Anna, du er et geni. De er sødes med dadler, der også agerer som det middel, der får dem til at hænge sammen. Og så er de lavet med havregryn, der ikke blot gør, der er lidt fedt i, men også gør, de er mere energifattige end almindelige romkugler. Øj, jatak!

Rom- og mandel ekstrakt kan købes i de fleste supermarkeder. Det står sammen med bageartiklerne, og er ikke spor dyre. Ellers kan du putte rigtig rom i. Bare rolig, de vil stadig være sunde, da der er meget lidt alkohol i den enkelte romkugle.


On a completely other note: Musical started yesterday and I am devastated because I can’t join this year, since I am going to what we call a Folk High School (more about that and the future soon…) in the spring, which means I won’t be home for the show. *Sigh…* It’s been my life the past two years. It cured me from my ballet-heart-break. So knowing most of the old team met yesterday for practice without me just makes me so, so sad. Jesus, how I wish I could join.

Anyway, sorry for mourning… Good thing I’ve got rum balls to cheer me up…

Read about my musicals here and here.

Bare for lige at skifte totalt emne, så er jeg virkelig lidt ked af det… Musical startede igen i går, og jeg skal ikke med i år, da jeg tager på højskole til foråret, og derfor ikke er hjemme til forestillingerne. Så ja, at vide næsten hele det gamle hold mødtes i går og lavede sjov og dansede gør mig ret så knust. Åh, hvor ville jeg ønske, jeg skulle være med.

Undskyld for beklagelsen – godt jeg har romkugler til trøst…

Musical her og her.

Healthy Rum Balls

Yield: 10 small rum balls

Healthy rum balls that taste just like the real thing. Vegan and low fat.


  • 1 cup (240mL) rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup (60mL) cashews or almonds
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup (60mL) cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (120mL) dates, about 5 medium dates
  • 1/4 cup (60mL / 4 tbsp) coffee (you can use decaf)
  • 1-2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tsp. rum extract (or 1 tbsp. rum)
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup or 1 more date.
  • Optional: melted dark chocolate for dipping, desiccated coconut for rolling


  1. Place oats and cashews in a blender and blend until it turns into flour. Add in salt and cocoa powder and pulse to combine.
  2. Now add in the dates and blend until there are no lumps left. Pour in coffee and extracts and pulse until it resembles dough. Add in maple syrup or more dates if needed.
  3. Roll into balls. Eventually dip the balls in melted dark chocolate or roll them in desiccated coconut.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.


19 responses to “Healthy Rum Balls”

  1. Filing this one away for Christmas! Looks so amazing, I bet my family will not guess they are healthy haha!
    That sucks that you have to miss out on the musical :( but on the other hand, the folk high school sounds pretty rad (from my googling anyways XD)

  2. Anna says:

    these look absolutely delicious!!! Loved the video as well :D


  3. Kathryn says:

    Christmas season snack sorted! These look so good! Thank yyou for sharing : )

    Kathryn | nimblenote.blogspot.com

  4. Michael says:

    I can taste them already! Nothing beats a good rum ball. I’ll be making a batch of these this weekend. Love your recipes and photos.

  5. Anna says:

    Jeg elsker også romkugler, og nu må jeg da også prøve sådan en sund variant som dine – de både ser ud og lyder jo så lækre!

    Har du prøvet romkuglerne fra Granny’s (fx i Torvehallerne) Josefine? De er præcis tunge (og rigtig sticky’e – hvis man kan sige det?), som du beskriver og smager godt af chokolade. Og så er de rullet i smeltet chokolade og enten ristede nødder eller lime-crumble – de er mine favoritter, hvis det skal være den købte slags ;)

    Knus Anna

  6. I didn’t have a sweet tooth as a child but rum balls were somethings I always loved. My mom never made them, but the neighbour family always had some, so we went there after school to get one ;)
    BTW the video is totally gorgeous, great work! Make them always! And the pictures are beautiful as always, pinned!

  7. Samantha says:

    Hi Josefine! These look delicious and healthy! One of my all time favourite sweet treats are rum balls, great video also!

    Sam xx

  8. Definitely pinning this one – rum balls have always been a favorite of mine. Super cute video too Josefine, I loved it :)

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  10. Heather says:

    Should the cashews be soaked ahead of time or will that mess up the texture?

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