When we talk about “visions of sugar plums” and the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” it certainly brings on the essence of Christmas.
You know the iconic lines of The Night Before Christmas and have seen the beauty of the Nutcracker ballet. What are sugar plums? They do exist, but why are they not more apart of Christmas other than these stories?
These candy gems were of course inspired by the classic Christmas stories, but we first saw a recipe for them a few years ago at our moms house. In an old newspaper clipping from over 30 years ago we found a simple recipe. Our hearts were set on creating this nostalgic candy for modern times. We are happy to say they are just as special as we imagined them to be!
These candied plums are not as sweet as other holiday fare, and definitely not as common, but their sweet spiced bites are full of flavor so charming they are bound to become a December tradition. They are pretty enough to be included with favorite foods aside the pies, cookies and eggnog and knowing they are actually healthy is worth extra celebration! Healthy and delicious, they are absolutely one of the most magical treats you’ll eat this season.
Sugarless Sugar Plums (raw, vegan, no-bake, soy-free, sugar-free!)
1/2 cup gently packed Prunes
1/3 cup Dried Apricots
1/4 cup Dried Cranberries (homemade or store-bought)
2/3 cup Walnuts
1 teaspoon Orange Zest
1/3 cup Agave or Raw Honey
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
¼ teaspoon Nutmeg
¼ teaspoon Coriander
1/4 teaspoon Pink Salt
1/4 cup Xylitol or Erythritol for rolling
1/2 teaspoon Rice or Oat Flour
In a food processor, combine the dried prunes and apricots until fruits are chopped and mixed. Add the walnuts, cranberries, orange zest and honey. Mix until incorporated and mixture begins to come together. Add the vanilla and spices and mix until almost smooth. Mixture will be sticky. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before assembling.
Pour xylitol or erythritol in a shallow bowl with flour and mix. Scoop out about 1 tablespoon amount of mixture and roll into smooth spheres, roll in xylitol or erythritol. Repeat until all sugar plums are rolled. Serve right away or store covered in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
NOTE: The flour helps the sugar not to dissolve into the sugar plums. For prettiest appearance, roll sugar plums in sugar right before serving.
Yields 10-12 Sugar Plums