Jingle Balls …

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Christmas is just around the corner and, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be looking for recipe ideas for the festive season. These are a wonderful chocolate treat that can be made up as a gift for a friend or a teacher or made to be enjoyed at a Christmas function or on Christmas day. Of course, these can be enjoyed any time of the year but to get in the spirit, I’ve added a couple of drops of red and green food colouring to the coconut for rolling to create a healthy, nut-free, guilt-free festive treat.

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Jingle Balls
Ingredients …
  • 1 ½ cups fresh dates
  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 1 ½ cups desiccated coconut
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa powder (I used raw cacao)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • extra desiccated coconut for rolling
  • 2 – 3 drops red food colouring
  • 2 – 3 drops green food colouring
Method …
  1. Combine dates, dried apricots, coconut, cocoa and honey in a food processor and blend until well combined.
  2. Measure approximately 1 tablespoon of mixture, squeeze together firmly and roll to make a ball. Repeat with remaining mixture to make approximately 24 balls.
  3. Add red food colouring to a small amount of extra desiccated coconut and mix until well combined. Roll half of the balls in the red coconut.
  4. Add green food colouring to a small amount of extra desiccated coconut and mix until well combined. Roll remaining half of the balls in the green coconut.

So tell me, do you have any favourite recipes you alter or convert to create something festive for Christmas and, if so, what do you make?


  1. Omg these look AH-MAZING! I’m going to try them!

  2. What a fantastic idea! I love that these are yummy and healthy (and so Christmassy!!). How delicious. I love to make a Christmas version of rocky road with cranberries, white chocolate and pistachios. It’s great for food gifts! Thanks so much for joining our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party!

    • Hi Lucy, I love Rocky Road too and at Christmas time I make one with Turkish Delight and ginger … very festive and moorish. I’ll share the recipe on the blog soon!

  3. These look great, love the christmas colours!

  4. This is a great idea to make some healthy treats for Christmas!

    • I agree, Sheridan … there are way too many calories floating around at Christmas time looking for a place to call home!

  5. These are so cool! I am totally making them for Christmas Eve treats this year. Thanks lovely xx

  6. Thanks for sharing your festive recipe at the Say G’Day linky party. I’ve just pinned this to the Say G’Day Saturday board.

    Hope you have had a fabulous week!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz