This idea came from being totally obsessed with the Christmas Pud-in-a-pot that is currently in the December Box but I wanted to make something that I could take into the offices and spread the Christmas love a round a little bit.
This is such a great time of year to spread a little extra goodness. Most people love Christmas, but it can also be really hard. Family time can be stressful, you miss the people that are no longer here, people reflect on the year's hard times without feeling the hope for what is to come. There is such a high expectation on this time of year so a little kindness can go a long way. Plus it really is good for your soul to reach out and do something that benefits someone else. Even if it just a smile. Look for opportunities because they are all around you. And if you live in Berlin and want to get involved with reaching our city with some kindness get in contact and you can be a part of our "For Goodness Sake" collective.
Anyway I hope you like making these... They are sure to get you into the Christmas Mood!
CLEAN CHRISTMAS PUD-BALLS - Makes 8 Balls
You will need:
For the Puddings
2 cups of Mixes dried fruits
Figs, Apricots, Dates, Sultanas, Cranberries
1 tsp Raw Cacao Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Cardamon
1 tsp Ground Vanilla (not Vanilla sugar... the real brown stuff)
The juice from half an Orange
For the Icing
50g Coconut Cream (Not milk this stuff is more solid)
2 tsp coconut oil
Take the dried fruit, all the spices and Cacao and the juice from half and orange and mix it all together in your blender/food processor. It'll all clump together making a wonderful gooey mess and that will be your balls!
Next, pour a little more of your raw cacao powder into a bowl and we are going to roll the mixture into balls with a coating of chocolate. This is to help them set nicely, but lets be honest, adding a little extra chocolate is never a bad idea. I find the best way to do this is to add a little onto your hand first, then roll the ball. If you put it straight into the ball it can be a little too intense.
For the "Icing" you melt the coconut oil on the hob, this takes literally about a minute and a half, When it is clear, pour it into the blender with the coconut cream until it has made a really runny, coconut mixture.
You take this with a spoon and just pour it over each ball. It will look clear at first but when it hardens in the fridge the colour comes back. Depending on how thick you want your icing, you may want to let the mixture cool in the fridge a little, not totally, but just enough so you can shape it on to the top. I'm sure there could be a better way of doing this and I'll work it out when I'm next prepping these but this method works for now.
After about 5 minutes of being in the fridge to cool you want to take the pomegranate seeds and put them on top. It's best that the "icing" is still a little bit soft because then they stick in. You could also use Goji Berries for the top. Then you just put them in the fridge to cool and there you have it.
So this is for all the sugar free, gluten free, plant based foodies who still want a good christmas pud! Hope you enjoy making them.
Happy Monday xxx