So much for “I’m back!” It’s only taken me another two and a half months to back it up with another post. Ahhh well. Rather than give you a big spiel, I’m going to give you a recipe. Hallelujah!
The Bear and I have never much celebrated Valentines day – perhaps we would have a picnic if it fell on a weekend but there was no going out of our way to make the day particularly special. That was until a few years ago, when we dubbed the day ‘Lamingtons Day’. On this day – February 14th – we make lamingtons in one form or another. Over the years we’ve had lamington cupcakes, a whole lamington cake, lamington ice-cream and of course your stock standard lamingtons. The Bear has one rule – it’s not a real lamington unless it has jam.
This year Lamingtons day kinda snuck up on us, and I had little inspiration for building epic lamington glory. When I say glory, I’m referring to the likes of the Bear’s two (or was it three?) tiered cake that instead of icing, he covered with three blocks of melted dark chocolate. After it had set, the shell was so thick we had to hack away at it with our biggest kitchen knife to get a piece.
On the auspicious day itself I was also in the process of preparing some food for the working week. I often make variations of bliss balls to take with as a morning/afternoon snack, so with that in mind, I threw together these dudes and I have to say, was pretty pleased with how they turned out.
Before I give you the recipe, I just want to give a shout out to fellow Australian vegan blogger Kyra at Vie de la Vegan. I was doing a quick image search before the photo shoot to get an idea of how I might present the balls (how hard is it to make balls look good?! Eeeep!) In the process, I came across her very own recipe for Raw Lamington Balls as well. Slightly different, but I’m sure equally as delicious. Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-check it out!
Almost Raw Lamington Balls
(can’t remember how many this makes, eep, will edit after making them again….amateur!)
1 cup raw cashews
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
3 Tbsp rice bran syrup
1 Tbsp vanilla paste
2 Tbsp non-dairy milk
80g raw chocolate (I used Loving Earth choc-raspberry block)
3/4 cup dessicated coconut
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 Tbsp rice bran syrup
1 Tbsp chia seeds
Firstly make the jam – place raspberries and rice bran syrup in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Allow the berries to cook down slowly, gently stirring and squashing them with the back of a spoon every now and then. Cook until berries have broken down, about 5-10 minutes. Take off heat and stir in chia seeds. Set aside.
Place cashews and shredded coconut in a food processor and process until it resembles crumbs. Add rice bran syrup, vanilla and milk and process until mixture comes together and gets a bit sticky. Transfer to a bowl and add chia jam, stir until it is swirled through. Take heaped teaspoons of mixture and roll into balls.
Prepare a tray by lining it with baking paper. Using a double boiler, heat raw chocolate until melted. Pour dessicated coconut out onto a plate. One by one, cover each ball in chocolate before rolling in coconut and setting on the tray to dry. Store in the fridge.
these are great! You should enter them at the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale later this month 😀
Thank you! Unfortunately I was nowhere near organised for that kind of thing :S
Ohhh wow! I love how yours have jam in them! I need to try your version out ❤ and thank you for the shoutout to my raw lamingtons recipe too! 🙂
Yup, lamingtons have to have jam in our household apparently. Haha 🙂
Lamingtons Day is the best idea. Seriously, I want to join the tradition myself (the chocolate-covered cake – what a story haha. One to tell the grandkids!). Aaron is a massive fan of anything jammy, he would agree with Bear on the ‘jam is mandatory’ idea! I’ll definitely give your recipe a go for a healthy alternative to stuffed jam donuts and other such things that he normally eats (sigh… the boy loves his cake). And yaaaaay, so good to see a new recipe post Caeli!! xxx
Laura! You should definitely join the tradition…it’s one of my faves now. Can’t go wrong with a dedicated day to lamingtons. And it’s taken me so long to reply that we’re basically halfway to the next Lamingtons day!! Ahha! xo
love lamington day – now that is love!!!! and love your photo – so much food is hard to photograph and these energy balls always stump me
It’s so hard to make them look nice! Or carelessly placed 😉
I enjoy that this almost raw recipe has no coconut oil in it. 😀
But I must respectfully disagree. No jam in my lamingtsons! The jam (or worse, jam and cream, lamington debate has raged over many a twitter conversations. 😉 Hee hee.
I love that you have lamington day!
Yes! I am not adverse to coconut oil – I will often cook with it, but it does not need to be everywhere!
I am having a problem with my OpenID at the moment – I have tried several times to comment on your posts (and others on Blogger who have OpenID) and it won’t let me through! I’ll keep trying to work out the problem, but I am reading 🙂
I had to google lamingtons! I guess my five months in Australia so many years ago wasn’t enough to learn all I needed to know! When you say ‘shredded coconut’ do you mean fresh coconut? I want to make these. 🙂
Hi Andrea, apologies for the delayed reply! So strange you never came across lamingtons in Australia – it’s one of the only things we claim as true Australian food! 😉 Shredded coconut is dried coconut, but the long strands as opposed to the little desiccated coconut (which can be used as easily in this recipe – I just usually have shredded on hand as I enjoy the texture).
These look and sound amazing! I know what you mean about the ‘I’m Back’ thing…life gets in the way!!!! LOL 🙂 Thanks for the visit and glad you are back when you are able to be back!
Thanks Jenifer! I think every post I do at the moment is an ‘I’m Back’ as I seem to keep accidentally having long breaks in between….ah well!
Oh yum yum yum.
Oh yes! Why have these not been in my life earlier? I love lamingtons, but they’re too much like hard work for me to make very often. These are much more my style.
I totally get that – they are a sometimes treat when there is so much preparation involved. These are definitely easier (and a bit more fool proof!)
these look great…oh yes they do! (ps. and must be about time for another blog post 😉
Thank you! And what do you know, maybe it was the prompt I needed 😉