Christmas Pudding Bites ❄ {Raw, Gluten-free, Vegan}

Christmas Pudding Bites ❄ {Raw, Gluten-free, Vegan} I am very excited to share these with you. Possibly my favourite raw recipe yet (or maybe one of my favourites in general, actually…) These are mini Christmas puddings that taste JUST like the real thing but are made from nothing but raw, healthy and natural ingredients. Yep, right down to the decorations on top! I’m eating one right now as I type this which is probably making me sound extra enthusiastic about them… But they are just so flavourful, so Christmassy, so moreish and so cute!

Christmas Pudding Bites ❄ {Raw, Gluten-free, Vegan}

The Christmas pudding filling itself is extremely quick and easy to make. You could be eating one in 5 minutes and enjoying a taste of pure Christmas along with the smug knowledge that what you’re eating is super healthy too! You simply process the ingredients, roll into a ball and “Tada!” But if you want to make them really look like cute little Christmas puddings, it’s a slight bit more effort (but not too much, I promise.) Of course, they’re just as delicious without the decorations and make a great snack too.

Christmas Pudding Bites ❄ {Raw, Gluten-free, Vegan}

Christmas Pudding Bites
 
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These healthy energy bites taste JUST like Christmas pudding and are the perfect treat to get you in the Christmassy mood!
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • –For the Christmas pudding energy bites–
  • 80g ground almonds
  • 100g pitted dates
  • 130g dried apricots
  • Zest of half an orange and half a lemon
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1 tsp raw vanilla powder or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (not raw)
  • –For the chocolate coating–
  • 50g cacao butter
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp raw sweetener
  • Tiny pinch of sea salt
  • Half a batch of my “white chocolate coating” from here
  • –For the marzipan decoration–
  • 150g raw whole almonds soaked in water for at least 4 hours
  • 1 – 2 tbsp raw sweetener
  • 1 tsp spirulina powder (for green colouring)
  • 1 tsp beet juice or powder (for red colouring)
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients for the energy bites in a food processor and grind until the mixture starts to clump together. It should be stodgy and easy to roll into a ball.
  2. Take about 1 tbsp of the mixture and roll into a ball. The mixture should make about 12.
  3. To make the dark chocolate coating, melt the cacao butter over a very low heat using a double boiler or heat proof bowl over a simmering saucepan. Once the cacao butter has melted, whisk in the cacao powder, sweetener and salt. Leave to cool down to room temperature.
  4. Make the “white chocolate coating” by following my instructions here, halving the ingredients.
  5. Once the dark chocolate has cooled, use a fork or skewer to dip the energy balls into the chocolate and make sure it is fully coated. Let all the excess chocolate drip off into the bowl and then transfer to a sheet of tin foil or greaseproof paper. Leave in the freezer or fridge to set.
  6. After about 20 minutes, it should be fully set. Add a small amount of the white chocolate coating to the top of the chocolates and let it slightly drip down the sides to create the classic custard look. Leave in the freezer to set again.
  7. Meanwhile, make the raw marzipan. After the almonds have been soaking, their skins should be very easy to remove. And once all the skins have been removed, add the almonds to a food processor. Grind until they resemble breadcrumbs.
  8. Add the sweetener then process again until the mixture begins to clump together and is completely smooth.
  9. You now have raw marzipan! To add the colourings, simply mix in the colour powders separately. Create pea sized balls with the red marzipan for the berry and small leaf shapes with the green marzipan for the holly.
  10. Add the marzipan decorations to the top of the christmas puddings and press down to let it adhere to the top.
  11. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 85 Fat: 4 Carbohydrates: 11 Fiber: 2 Protein: 2

  Christmas Pudding Bites ❄ {Raw, Gluten-free, Vegan}

For the record, I spent about 15 minutes trying to make proper holly leaf shapes out of the marzipan but it was just too fiddly for me. I need a miniature holly leaf cutter… Do those exist? But despite my struggles with the holly shapes, the marzipan is actually surprisingly easy to work with and the potential of things you could make with it is huge!

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  1. says

    Love these- they are so cute! We usually makes little mini christmas pudding chocolate truffles every year but these look just as festive and are definitely a lot better for you. Perhaps I will make one batch of each this year so I can alternate between being good and naughty :) X
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  2. says

    Hello Aimee :) Thanks again for stopping by my blog! I am so glad you did, so I got the chance to discover your lovely blog! Wonderful pictures, mixed with recipes I need to add to my cooking/baking to-do list and beautiful crafty ideas! I am looking forward to see and read more about your upcoming projects :)

    • says

      Thanks Monica :-) If you ever eat those raw fruit energy bars, the texture is just like that – except these ones are more delicious because of the Christmas spices and zest!

    • says

      Good for you! It seems like quite a daunting thing to do but actually it can be really easy once you realise that there are some pretty amazing recipes out there that call for only natural sugars. I tried some date-sweetened cookies recently which were *so good* and muffins sweetened only with bananas are another favourite of mine. Who needs refined sugars, really!

    • says

      Thank you lovely :-) When you bite into them – oh, it’s just so Christmassy! The spices and the citrus zest will just make you feel SO in the Christmas spirit… x

    • says

      Thanks Medha! I never thought about giving them as gifts but that’s a great idea – especially if you know someone who is on a raw or vegan diet. Hope you get to try them out – let me know if you do :-)

    • says

      Aw, thanks Irina! Us Brits are completely oblivious to Thanksgiving, which is a shame because all the Thanksgiving recipes I see online look so amazing… anyway, I hope you enjoyed yours – I’m in full-time Christmas mode now :-)

  3. says

    These mini raw chocolate pudding bites with marzipan ‘decoration’ look gorgeous, cute and delicious and they must be chewy full of spices & dried fruits. Perfect for Christmas, and also perfect for homemade special gift boxes ;) I can’t make proper holly leaf shapes, you are a legendary leaf cookie cutter! I’ve never heard or seen the Detox Your World products, but I hope I will see them when I am in Europe in two weeks. Have a great weekend!

    • says

      Thank you Davida! :-) I could never eat exclusively raw but I’ve certainly been adding more raw foods & superfoods into my diet lately. I’ve been totally distracted now that I’ve seen you’ve made raw gingerbread cookies – ahhhh! Have to check those out right now…

    • says

      Thank you, Kiersten! I would say these little pudding bites are actually quite filling, considering their size. I’ve made some more to have as snacks on the go and even had a couple for breakfast (christmas pudding for breakfast, oh yeah!) but they also give a great energy boost instead of leaving you sluggish :-)

  4. Sarah Elder says

    Hi! These look adorable I can’t wait to make them. What raw sweetener did you use? Raw honey, maple syrup, coconut nectar…? x

    • says

      Thanks Sarah! For this recipe, I used raw agave since I had some handy but honey or maple syrup should work great too :-) Good luck with yours – let me know how it turns out…

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