Sugar Plums

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on December 24, 2013

Healthy and festive sugar plums made with dried fruit, nuts, honey and spices!  They’re naturally gluten and grain free and can easily be made vegan. So delicious!

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Hello all!  I’m just popping in for a very quick post today.  These are something I’ve wanted to make for a very long time, and something I’ve been meaning to share with you and I just can’t wait another year.  The good news, these are endlessly adaptable so you could even make them tonight with things you have on hand, and they are so easy and fast to make.  The kids can even get involved rolling them in sugar.

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I rolled most of mine in a coarse raw sugar, which is so nice on these sugar plums.  I also rolled some of them in powdered sugar as you can see, but I don’t like them as much as the ones rolled in raw sugar(plus the powdered sugar will get absorbed and not look as pretty the next day).  But if you want to leave them without rolling them in anything you can see what they look like in the picture above.  They’re very much like a Larabar but with a little extra sweetness from some added honey.  With orange zest and spices, these are so delicious.  I hope you’ll give them a try!

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You can kind of see in the background of my pictures I also made some raw peppermint brownies and topped them with crushed candy canes.  So delicious!  I know I left it a little late, but if you’d like to see those later in the week I will be happy to share them with you 🙂  And now I’ll leave you with a few pictures and this delicious recipe and I’ll be off for the rest of the week.  Merry Christmas!


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Sugar Plums
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Author: Heidi @ Food Doodles
  • 1 3/4 cups almonds
  • 1 cup dried plums
  • 1/2 cup dried figs
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins or apricots if you prefer
  • generous pinch sea salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons honey
  • zest of one large navel orange
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • dash cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 3/4 teaspoon whole anise seeds
  1. In a food processor, process the almonds until all are finely ground. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
  2. To the food processor then add all the dried fruit and process until it is all broken up, it should clump together in a ball, not unlike dough.
  3. Break up the ball of fruit with a knife, add the nuts back to the food processor and add the salt, honey, orange zest and all the spices. Process until the mixture is completely combined and starts to clump together. Scoop out small bite sized amounts and roll into a ball, then roll in powdered or coarse raw sugar if desired.
  4. These are even better the next day and will last up to 2 weeks in an airtight container on the counter.
Recipe Notes

These can be adapted many different ways. Some recipes include dates, some don't use as many plums, some use different spices and some add more sugar to the "dough".
I used my homemade dried plums so these were not as sticky as they would be if you use store bought dried plums. Rolling in sugar will help them not stick together. You can always add more nuts if they are far too sticky.
To make these vegan you can omit the honey and add a little water as needed to get the dough stick together, or use agave or even pure maple syrup would be delicious.
My recipe was inspired by Alton Brown and Back to Her Roots

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1 Charlotte Moore January 4, 2014 at 10:31

Just wanted to let you know I made your Fluffy 100% whole wheat bread. I made it into a cinnamon swirl loaf. I used coconut oil instead of butter and did not use any seeds or add ins. It was very good. A soft bread too. I was so pleased with it. I also mixed it and kneaded it in a stand mixer with a dough hook.


2 Heidi @ Food Doodles January 5, 2014 at 19:45

Thank you Charlotte! I’ve always wanted to try that but haven’t had a chance. So glad it turned out!


3 Megan December 27, 2013 at 11:37

Yum, I always wondered what a Sugar Plum was! These look so good.


4 Charlotte Moore December 25, 2013 at 02:43

These look so tasty. I don’t like things rolled in powdered sugar. I would roll some in dried coconut. YUM!!!




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