No-Bake Rum Balls


Today marks the last day of our 24 days of togetherness. It’s been so fun and Jesse and I will definitely do it again next year. I filled you in last week through day 16, but here’s what was chosen for our remaining days (minus today):

Day 17: Watch Scrooged

Day 18: Partner smash, 5 minutes each (“smash” refers to mobilizations/myofascial release techniques)

Day 19: Go out for a cocktail

Day 20: Share the top 3 things you want for Christmas (idea was to think BIG!)

Day 21: Go see Pioneer Square tree lights

Day 22: Go to the movies (again!)

Day 23: Go on an urban hike (we had to save it for today, so we’re hiking around nearby neighborhoods later to look at Christmas lights)

Day 24: TBD…I’m at work and it’s Jesse’s turn to pick! I won’t know until later.

Anyway, as I mentioned last week, we made paleo rum balls for day seven of our little game. I promised I would share the recipe, so here you have it. It may or may not be too late to make these for Christmas, but there’s always New Year’s! This was my first attempt at making rum balls of any sort and I think it was my first time tasting some too. Jesse and I both enjoyed the strong rum flavor and slight sweetness of these rum balls. The rum definitely stands out, especially since these don’t bake at all. I even thought about renaming these boozy balls instead!

Happy Christmas Eve, everyone!


Adapted from this recipe.


  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 3.5 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
  • 1 shot glass full of rum (I used Bacardi Gold Rum)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey


  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor. Puree and blend everything into a thick, soft mixture.
  2. Roll into small balls. Note, the oil from the rum balls will keep the dough from sticking to your fingers.
  3. Dust finished balls with shredded coconut or extra cocoa powder, if desired. Place on a plate and chill in the refrigerator before serving.

Yields: ~20 balls

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About paleoinpdx

Born and raised in Alpena, Michigan, I moved to Portland (PDX) in 2008 after graduating from Michigan State University. I reside with my husband, Jesse and our two cats, Mila and Dutch, in inner NE Portland. I am a yoga, fitness, health and nutrition enthusiast, and enjoy cooking and experimenting in the kitchen.

5 responses to “No-Bake Rum Balls”

  1. Paula says :

    I never actually need a special occasion for chocolate, and luckily I like it super dark and not too sweet so these look perfect! I have made various mixtures of nut balls but never thought to flavor them with rum–great idea! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  2. Rosemary says :

    I made these today for a New Years’ party (two of them, actually)! I’ve literally kept this blog post in my email inbox since you posted it until now, because I really wanted to make them for this party! Thanks for the recipe. They are absolutely amazing. I may have snuck two or three (or four) already while making them.

    • paleoinpdx says :

      I hope the rum balls went over well at the party! At the very least, I’m glad you enjoyed them :) Thanks for trying out the recipe and happy New Year!

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