Easy Gluten Free Rum Balls Recipe

Easy Gluten Free Rum Balls Recipe

With the holidays upon us, I thought I would share my super simple, 6 ingredient, no bake gluten free rum balls recipe — consider it an early Christmas gift! These are so festive that you may just want to extend your holiday-ing a bit longer.

Seriously, these babies are the very definition of quick and easy. No fancy decorating skills or baking techniques required, and everyone will still be grabbing for them at the holiday party.

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Oh, and did I mention that I snuck a secret ingredient into these gluten free rum balls that makes them a tad bit healthy!?!? Don’t feel like you have to tell anyone else, but it sure does put a smile on my face to pop an extra rum ball and know I’m getting protein, Omega 3s, probiotics and even greens in each little unassuming rum ball. I use OWYN** vegan, gluten free dark chocolate protein powder for ALL the chocolate in this recipe, and even rolled some of the rum balls in more protein powder when I was all done — it’s THAT good.

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Try that with ordinary protein powders that can be gritty or leave a chemical aftertaste — no can do. It’s really a testament to how good OWYN tastes that it can literally stand in for straight cocoa but actually be full of so much extra good stuff.

So next time you feel like indulging, but want to do it without all the requisite guilt, I highly recommend this gluten free rum balls recipe made with OWYN. Of course you can simply use baking cocoa in place of OWYN if you don’t have any on hand, but it’s something to strive for … next time. Because you’ll want to make this recipe again, I assure you!

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Quick, easy, no-bake, gluten free, vegan, protein packed and did I mention RUM!??! What’s not to like? Nothing. That’s why you’ll be making this recipe again and again!

And since these gems have rum in them, let me take a moment to tell you that rum, like other distilled alcohols, is gluten free. It’s super nice and reassuring though, when the manufacturer takes the time to tell you that it’s gluten free on the bottle (thanks, Cap’n).

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For more information on safe gluten free libations, hop to my super popular (especially at this time of year) article all about beer, liquor, wine and more. If you’d prefer these balls less boozy, just sub in your favorite mulled or spiced apple cider.

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Easy Gluten Free Rum Balls Recipe

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: ~25 rum balls, depending on size



In a large food processor, process cereal until uniformly crumby. Transfer to a bowl and process the pecans in the food processor until finely chopped. Return the cereal to the processor bowl with the chopped pecans; add sugar and OWYN. Pulse just to combine the dry ingredients.

Add rum, agave and water and pulse just until a dough forms. If the dough is too dry to hold together easily in a ball, add another tablespoon or two of water until it holds together.

Roll tablespoon-sized balls of dough between your palms, then roll in more sifted confectioner’s sugar, gluten free chocolate jimmies or sprinkles, grated coconut, more crushed crispy rice cereal or more OWYN protein powder or cocoa.

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**I’ve partnered with OWYN (Only What You Need) to use their products in order to increase the nutrition in many popular gluten-free recipes. As always, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more information. Working with select brands I love allows me to keep bringing you free recipes, and I hope that in the process, you’ll learn about some of the safe gluten free products I choose for my family. Thanks so much for your support!

For more recipes using OWYN on my gfJules site, just use the search bar at the top and search OWYN. You’ll find everything from protein bites to donut holes to black bottom cupcakes … to lots in between! It’s a great ingredient for gluten free baking — why not use it to make your recipes healthier, too?

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5 thoughts on “Easy Gluten Free Rum Balls Recipe

  1. I’ve made a version using finely processed GF vanilla wafers and a variety of mini bar size liqueurs like rum, Bailey’s, amaretto, Kailua, etc.