Posted on | December 10, 2009 | 2 Comments
Well it’s nearly that time of year again…….. and I’m not necessarily referring to Santa Claus arriving – I’m referring to the pain staking task of making Rum Balls & Apricot Balls. All too fast I forget about gummy apricots, how long it takes to chop them, hours of rolling them into little balls, sticky hands, coconut everywhere, trying to get evenly mashed weet-bix, mixture that’s not too wet but not too dry, removing the orange peel from the mixed fruit …. dilemmas, dilemmas, dilemmas.
As a christmas treat I make them for the staff at my Singapore office – but I’m still not that sure whether I’m doing it for them or for me – I think Rum & Apricot Balls are just my way of bringing a little bit of Aussie Xmas cheer to Singapore!!!
In true Health Guru style, I’ve done a little bit of research. Now I hate to be the fun police but I’m sure this is certainly going to apply the brakes on your guilt free christmas treat indulgence.
If you have ever wondered how those christmas kilos just seem to appear – well now you can blame part of it on the Rum & Apricot Balls.
Rum Balls & Apricot Balls
Serving Size: 1 Ball
Energy: 80 – 100 Calories
Protein: <1 g
Carbs: 10 – 12 g
Fat: 6 g
I don’t know why – but I’m always surprised at how much damage you can do in one innocent little mouthful. It scares me. But, knowing how they are made I shouldn’t be shocked as they are loaded with condensed milk – so just for giggles I’ve included nutrition information for condensed milk below:
Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
Energy: 130 Calories
Protein: 3 g
Carbs: 22 g (all sugar)
Fat: 3 g
So, The Health Guru advises – take it easy on these treats. And remember – they are 100 calories each (do you know what else you could eat for 100 calories that would fill you up) and it would take 30 minutes of brisk walking per ball eaten to burn them off.
If you can’t pass them up, then make sure you enjoy every moment of them, don’t go overboard and eat 20 and make it your New Years Resolution to find a calorie free, low fat recipe for them!