peanut butter rum balls

vegan peanut butter rum ballsLauren requested a holiday candy recipe with peanut butter or “something like that.” Sue got busy in the kitchen and concocted these festive rum balls. A natural-foods store visit may be necessary to get high-quality vegan and organic ingredients, but the resulting great flavor is worth it! These rum balls are very rich, so you’ll want to make them small. With only 5 ingredients, they’re easy to make, so add some flash to your holiday stash!

2 cups vanilla wafers (almost a whole 9-ounce package)
1/2 cup organic peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
1 cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped
1/3 cup good-quality light rum
1/2 cup agave nectar

Mix all ingredients together. Add the remainder of the crumbs if the mixture is not stiff enough. Chill for 10 minutes.

Roll a small clump of dough between your palms briefly. Balls should be about 3/4 inch or 2 cm in diameter. Place on cookie sheet and refrigerate. When chilled thoroughly, you can place them in a sealed storage container in the fridge.

Optional: Drizzle with melted vegan chocolate or carob chips.


tiki citrus beach slam

Tiki Culture at your table: fresh fruit, festive mugs, fun decor

This is a delicious two-part liquid libation in which you can control the flavor and the potency. So it could be a potent drink that may result in a face plant, or it might just be a delightful diversion – you choose. You can use an insulated mug; a short, wide glass; or a fancy Tiki mug. (You may need to taste and add more ginger ale.)  This recipe will quench the thirst of two or three people.

Mix the following in a small pitcher:

3 ounces (2 shots) Sailor Jerry spiced rum

3 ounces light rum

Juice of 1 lime

3 ounces pineapple juice

Pour over ice in two or three Tiki mugs. Add half an orange slice to each glass.

Pour ginger ale over all until desired strength is reached. Stir and add a colorful umbrella!