Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

For me, there was a nice surprise:  A Dozen Roses from Scott!  I know I said before that we don’t exchange gifts on holiday, and so I was shocked he bought these for me!

Bouquet of flowers in vase

I don’t care if a woman says, “Oh, You Don’t Have To…”  It’s always nice to get flowers and he scored major points!  Even after 9 years of marriage and 11 years together, it’s nice to still feel special with pink (my favorite color!) flowers…thanks babe!

Close up of flowers

And as I mentioned yesterday I would be doing, I gave my Raw & Vegan Foods Presentation as part of the completion of my 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program!   Things went really well in terms of the food I made, live and in front of 15 people, while talking, answering questions, multitasking, and trying to appear cool-as-a-cucumber.

Ok so it’s time for a new recipe!   But I have to give you the backstory on this one!  This recipe is inspired from a memory I have of a trip to Grand Cayman that Scott and I took when we had been dating about 3 weeks.  I said, hey, let’s go to Grand Cayman next week, and we did.  We just got on a plane and went, just like that!  Life was alot different back then!  Anyway, we were at a souvenir shop and they had samples of Rum Cake.  The cake was pretty much saturated in rum.  But I was a heavy drinker at the time and thought, no way could I catch a buzz from cake.  Well, I did.

I loved that cake so much that I bought a really overpriced cake and carried it home with me on the plane.  Once at home, I was all excited to break into my little treasure I hand-carried from the Caymans.  However, when I got it home and opened it, the cake was dry, had hardly any rum, and was nothing special.  I was duped by the free samples which were clearly spiked to increase cake sales!  Well, more than 10 years later, I am still thinking of that perfect drunk rum cake and decided to recreate a No-Bake, Vegan version of Rum Cake.  Here’s What I Came Up With.

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No Bake Vegan Rum Cake Balls-Gluten & Soy Free
Ingredients
1/4 c Cashews–Grind them first, then add the remaining ingredients.
1/2 c Medjool Dates
1/4 c Raisins
1/2 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (or similar clove, cinnamon, lemon spices)
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp Dark Rum (or a rum you enjoy; note that schnapps such as banana, mango, peach, or pineapple schnapps would all be heavenly in this recipe)

Optional (I used all and in the amounts listed) & See Common Sense Tips:
2 Tbsp Agave (or stevia to taste)
3 Tbsp Almond Meal (or 1/4 c almonds that you grind)
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

Common Sense Tips depend on: 
1. How Moist Your Batter is and
2. How Sweet you Like Things


Here’s a Basic “Troubleshooting Grid”
If your mixture is too wet, add more almond meal.
If your mixture is too wet and not sweet enough, add more brown sugar.
If your mixture is too dry (doubtful but anything’s possible), add a tbsp of water if you don’t want to impart sweetness.
If your mixture is too dry and not sweet enough, add more agave.

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Instructions
Add Cashews

Cashews in blender

GrindThem

Ground up cashews

Then Add Medjool Dates.  I used a scant 1/2 c, loosely packed.  Forgot to break out my new food scale, silly me.

Dates in measuring spoon

And Raisins.  I used a scant 1/4 c.

Raisins in measuring spoon

Add the dates & raisins to the cashew flour

Dates and raisins added to ground cashews

Then I added Pumpkin Pie Spice, Cinnamon, Bourbon Vanilla Extract

Bottle of pumpkin pie spice
Back label of pumpkin pie spice
Bottle of Bourbon Vanilla Extract

And Rum!

Bottle of Myers's Rum

All Into the Vita

Liquid ingredients added to blender
Close up of ingredients in blender

Blended

No Bake Vegan Rum Cake Balls dough blended up

The dough was Too wet and Not sweet enough.  Added 2 Tbsp Agave

Agave added to blended mixture

and Added 3 Tbsp Almond Meal, and 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar.  Again, follow my advice above and use common sense, if it’s too wet, dry it out with flour.  If it’s not sweet enough, sweeten it.  Don’t be scared, this is just dessert, not rocket science.

Bag of Almond Meal
Ingredients blended in blender
Almond meal added to ingredients

Grind Again. Perfect.

No Bake Vegan Rum Cake Balls dough in blender

Remove Dough

Dough on white plate

Form into Rum Cake Balls

Dough formed into balls
And try not to get drunk
Close up of stacked No Bake Vegan Rum Cake Balls

Would that be a bad thing?

No Bake Vegan Rum Cake Balls close up on plate

Seriously, the scant amount of rum in this entire recipe flavors the dessert rather than getting you buzzed.

No Bake Vegan Rum Cake Balls

This picture reminds me of my Ball Jokes Post
Slightly like the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Stacked No Bake Vegan Rum Cake Balls

Remember this Post with my Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls?
And Ball Jokes: Leaning Tower of Pisa Balls

Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls
Sorry, I just can’t talk with a straight-face about balls food sometimes.  I entertain myself at least.  And hopefully made you laugh for a second!

Here’s a Few Pictures of Skylar and I as she played with her 3 books, 1 pair of socks, and 1 string of red beads for Valentine’s Day that I so handily scored from the Target $1 Bins!

Young girl playing with red string of beads
Young girl playing with book wearing beads
Young girl sitting smiling

Socks as Puppets

Young girl wearing socks on hands
 
 
Do you like rum cake?

 

 

 

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