Healthy Sugar Plum Recipe

Recipe Steward Health Care

Dreaming of sugar plums dancing in your head?

Back in the day, the term “plums” referred to any dried fruit or even candies. As a result, there are many different recipes for sugar plums, ranging from dried fruits, nuts and a lot of sugar, to healthier (and delicious) recipes using dried fruits, nuts and spices.

This is a super simple recipe that will please anyone’s sweet tooth. These work well for holiday parties, or wrap them up and give the gift of sugar plums this holiday season.


  • 1 cup nuts
  • 2 tsp freshly grated orange zest
  • ¼ cup dried currants
  • ¼ cup dried cherries
  • ¼ cup chopped and pitted prunes
  • ¼ cup pitted dates
  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 2 tsp roasted fennel seeds that have been lightly ground
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ cup maple syrup coconut flakes for rolling

First, pit the dates. Roast the fennel seeds in a dry pan on medium high heat, stirring frequently. They are done when slightly browned and smell fragrant (it just takes a couple of minutes). When they are roasted, lightly grind them using a spice grinder.

Place the nuts, dried fruit, spices, orange zest and maple syrup in a food processor. (A heavy-duty blender would probably work too). Pulse the mixture until it is just combined and starting to stick together.

Form into bite-size balls. Roll in the coconut. Store in the fridge and eat soon.

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