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Healthy Sugar Plum Recipe

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions
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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