12 Days of Eatin’, Drinkin’ & Be Merryin’: Day Eleven – Just When Ya Though Ya Couldn’t Get Any Sweeter!

On the eleventh day of eatin’, drinkin’ & be merryin’, my true love gave to me even more sweet treats!

Holiday treats & festive drinks are one of my true loves.

Cannot imagine the holidays with minimal refined sugar – neither could I. Enjoy these treats and maybe feel a little bit lighter while indulging in some favourite treats!

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Vegan Egg Nog

Makes about 14 (1/2 cup) servings

INGREDIENTS:

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  • 3/4-1 cup raw cashews, soaked for 30 minutes
  • 2 cups fresh water
  • 1 15 oz. can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 6 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tsp. Kahlua or vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp. spiced rum (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum (optional)

–Notes–   “Don’t you dare use pre-ground nutmeg. It’s a complete travesty! Ill be watching! Just like Santa”… For a thicker eggnog, use 1 cup of cashews. For a thinner version use 3/4 cup.  The spiced rum is optional. Three tablespoons is barely, barely noticeable. Adjust to your preference.  The xanthan gum will give the eggnog a super duper thick, smooth and creamy texture. Omit if you prefer your eggnog thinner. 

DIRECTIONS:

Place the cashews in medium bowl. Cover completely with boiling water and allow to soak for at least 30 minutes. When the time is up, drain and rinse the cashews then place in a high-speed blender.

Add in the fresh water and blend with the cashews on high for about 2 minutes or until very well blended and smooth.

Thanks to Katie @ Produce on Parade!

Amaretto Snowballs

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  • 2 cups blanched almonds
  • 1 cup gluten free icing sugar + extra for coating
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 1-2 tbsp amaretto liqueur (or all-natural amaretto extract for a non-alcoholic, child-friendly version)

DIRECTIONS:

Soak the blanched almonds in water for 4 hours or more (overnight is great) in the refrigerator. Rinse and drain completely (even pat dry with a paper towel) and grind in a food processor until a very smooth paste forms. Add the icing sugar, almond extract and amaretto towards the end and continue processing to combine all the ingredients well. At this point the mixture may be too runny and it will be hard to shape into balls. Simply, place in the refrigerator or even freezer for a few minutes to let it harden and then proceed to shape the mixture into small balls. Roll in extra icing sugar for a snow-covered look.
Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 5 days. Makes 12-15 balls.
These also freeze well until serving time. Simply line an air-tight container with paper towel at the bottom (this will help to absorb moisture) and cover. Freeze for up to 1 month. Place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes to thaw out before serving.

Thanks to Ella @ Pure Ella!

Paleo Peppermint Patties 

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  • ¾ cup melted coconut butter
  • ¼ cup finely shredded coconut
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • ½ teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons cacao powder (depends on how chocolatey you like it

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix together melted coconut butter, shredded coconut, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and peppermint extract
  2. Pour coconut butter mixture into mini muffin tins by filling only half way
  3. Place in refrigerator and allow to harden for about 15 minutes
  4. Mix together 2 tablespoons coconut oil and cacao powder
  5. Remove muffin tin from refrigerator and top each tin with cacao mixture
  6. Return to refrigerator until the chocolate has set
  7. When ready to eat, simply set the peppermint patty cups on the counter for about 5 minutes
  8. Enjoy!
 Thanks to Lisi @ Worth Every Chew!
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