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Gluten free rum balls (paleo)

Paleo, gluten free rum balls are a healthier way to enjoy this holiday treat. Made with almond and coconut flours, these paleo treats are easily made vegan or keto with a simple swap. 

For another recipe that is made in the food processor, check out this gluten free clementine cake

Gluten free rum balls on white platter.

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Gluten Free Rum Ball Recipe

These paleo rum balls are a snap to make and they are perfect for holiday cookie exchanges. A handful of ingredients go into the food processor, then they are rolled into balls and tossed in coconut.

Paleo rum balls with coconut and honey.

I was able to pick up everything I needed for these paleo treats (minus the rum) at Sprouts. I honestly love being able to buy the store brand of ingredients like shredded coconut for a fraction of the price that I’d pay for another brand.

Buying in bulk is another great way to save at Sprouts. You can buy the exact quantity that you need, so it helps to reduce waste.

Plus, it’s a great way to try new things. I picked up a few scoops of snack mixes and found a new favorite!

Rum Balls without Vanilla Wafers

These gluten free rum balls are made with almond and coconut flours instead of the usual vanilla wafer cookies.

To easily make these rum balls vegan, swap out the honey for corn syrup. To make them keto, use your favorite sweetener (like a few drops of liquid stevia) in place of the honey.

Gluten free run balls in red and white takeout gift box.

Making homemade gifts to give to friends and family is something I do every year. These red snowflake takeout boxes make it easy to pack up paleo gluten free treats for gifting.

Another option, if you are shipping treats are Christmas cookie tins. I sent these treats across the country and they arrived looking just like they did when they were packed.

How to ship cookies without breaking.

If you are shipping treats to friends and family, these are perfect for mailing. Place a sheet of folded parchment paper on top to keep them in place or put parchment in the bottom of the cookie tin to cushion.

How to Make Gluten Free Rum Balls

Time needed: 1 hour

Making gluten free rum balls

  1. Add ingredients to food processor

    Add almond and coconut flours, sea salt, cacao powder, rum, honey, coconut oil and unsweetened shredded coconut to food processor and blend until completely uniform. gluten free rum ball mixture in food processor

  2. Scoop paleo rum ball mixture

    Scoop out portions of rum ball mixture using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon. scooping out rum ball mixture

  3. Roll into balls

    Roll the scooped out mixture into balls using your hands. roll paleo rum balls

  4. Roll in coconut and chill

    Toss each rolled paleo rum ball in unsweetened shredded coconut, then place on a parchment-lined baking sheet to chill in the refrigerator. paleo rum balls on sheet pan

That’s it! It is that easy. Invite a friend over to help you roll and it is even faster. These paleo rum balls are an easy no bake cookie for the holidays and a healthier way to have some of your favorite holiday treats.

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Gluten Free Rum Balls (Paleo)

Gluten Free Rum Balls (Paleo)

Paleo rum balls perfect for holiday cookie exchanges. A healthier way to enjoy this holiday treat!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened, shredded coconut + extra for rolling
  • 4 tbsp. cacao powder
  • ¼ cup dark rum
  • 4 tbsp. raw honey
  • 6 tbsp. coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • ½ tsp. sea salt


    1. In the bowl of a food processor, add 1 cup almond flour, 1 cup coconut flour, ½ cup shredded coconut, 4 tbsp. cacao powder, ¼ cup dark rum, 4 tbsp. raw honey, 6 tbsp. coconut oil and ½ tsp. sea salt.
    2. Pulse a few times to combine, then run food processor until ingredients form a uniform dough (1 -2 minutes).
    3. Pinch off tablespoon-sized pieces (or use a small cookie scoop) and roll into balls.
    4. Roll each ball in shredded coconut or cacao powder, if desired.


    To store rum balls:
    Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 2 weeks. Remove from refrigerator
    30 minutes before serving to allow rum balls to soften.

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    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 35mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g

    Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.

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