Gluten Free Coconut Flour Holiday Fruit Balls – These holiday fruit balls are stuffed with rum soaked fruit usually reserved for Caribbean Black Cake. These are perfect to have for the adults at your holiday party!
Have you tried coconut flour yet? If not, it’s time to! I am just in love with using this ingredient. Since it has a high absorption rate of liquids, a little goes a long way. Since you need to use so little of it when compared to regular flour, it automatically makes anything you make with it both low carb and gluten free!
One absolute requirement every holiday season for Caribbean people is black cake. Every island has a version of this cake, even in the Dutch Caribbean, where it is known as Bolo Pretu.
On the top of our cabinets or somewhere in our pantry, is a jar of mixed dried fruits and nuts soaking in rum and brandy. The longer it soaks the better. During the holiday season, black cake is made. The jar is then replenished with more fruit and alcohol and left there to marinate until the next year’s holiday season. I used a little of this alcohol soaked fruit in these cookies.
The fruit is very wet, so if you don’t have any soaking fruit and only dried fruit, I would suggest soaking ½ cup of mixed dried fruit in rum or orange juice for at least an hour, if you prefer to make it alcohol free. When you add to the cookie batter, add 1 tablespoon of the juice with the fruit.
What fruit to use?
Mine is a combination of raisins, currants, prunes, cherries and almonds.
So why is our cake called Black Cake? It is because the color of the cake becomes black after we add an ingredient called browning. Browning is a molasses type thick liquid, however not as strong or as smoky as molasses. Browning is made by basically cooking sugar until it thickens and turns a dark brown color, but most of us buy the ready made product sold in markets. If you’d like to try your hand at making black cake this holiday season, check out my recipe here. You can generally find browning at markets in Caribbean neighborhoods or stores with really good International aisles. You may also find it at gourmet markets like Whole Foods. It is alright if you only soak it for a week or two, although it is better the longer it is soaking as the fruit has more time to absorb the alcohol.
…back to today’s fruit balls…
So I decided to take a little of my rum soaked fruit and instead make some adult Fruit Balls with them. You definitely taste the alcohol in these, so these are for the adults as the kids enjoy their sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies, you can dig into these!
IN THE MAKING – HOW TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE COCONUT FLOUR HOLIDAY FRUIT BALLS
Enjoy with your holiday punch or eggnog… or maybe with Kremas – Haiti’s eggless eggnog!
These delicious rum infused snack has a delightful cake like texture!
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