Lamingtons are an Aussie classic. Traditionally a vanilla sponge cake of sorts, this down-under favorite is coated with chocolate sauce and coconut shreds and sometimes found filled with jam.
Since this dessert is rarely a vegan treat, I decided to get my nom on with a comparable and easy-to-make — running on limited time here as a busy working mom — bliss ball variation.
Think a creamy, date-sweetened cashew center dotted with crunchy cacao nibs and carefully rolled in desiccated coconut. And, for the cherry on top, or should I say the raspberry in the middle, a sweet red — and very festive Rudolph nose — raspberry surprise in the center. Yum yum and more yum.
Coming together with a handful of ingredients, this Christmas-y bite of Oz is just “too easy, mate.”
Here’s what you’ll need:
Festive Rudolph-Surprise Lamington Bites
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup cashews
1 cup pitted medjool dates (soaked in hot water until soft)
1/3 cup cacao nibs
Blitz 1/4 cup coconut, cashews and dates in food processor until a dough forms
Gently fold in cacao nibs
Form dough into small balls, poking holes in the center of each to insert the raspberries
Pinch the dough closed and roll again to make a nice ball shape
Spread remaining coconut in a shallow dish
Roll each bliss ball in the coconut to carefully coat
I hope you all enjoy making this recipe and sharing it with your family and friends! If you feel inspired to share your beautiful creations on Instagram, please tag me @pb_n_julie so I can see your work — and happy dance because they’re just that good and easy! xx, Julie