Pecan snowballs!

A fun Christmas snack to make!

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15 mins
10 mins

Chewy and coconutty with a hint of orange and nutmeg, these snowballs are full of fibre, healthy fat and their light sweetness is made all the more Christmassy with the addition of orange for added Vitamin C. With the coconut snow piled on top these are as fun to make as they are to eat!

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 100g desiccated coconut (+20g for topping)
  • 130g oat flour (or oats blended into flour)
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Zest 1 orange (or zest 3 clementines)
  • A few good gratings of nutmeg (optional)
  • 105g maple syrup or honey (+2 tsp for brushing)
  • 50g pecans, crushed or roughly chopped

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Grater / zester
  • Rolling pin (for crushing the pecans)
  • Scales
  • Measuring spoons
  • Blender
  • Baking tray
  • Parchment

Allergens

Egg, nuts

Directions

1 Preheat the oven to 180c / 200C (non-fan) / gas mark 6 and line a baking tray with baking paper
2 Separate the egg whites from the yolks (save the yolks and use them in a fry up or scrambled egg for breakfast!)
3 Using an electric whisk, whisk the egg whites into stiff peaks and set aside
4 Combine the desiccated coconut, oat flour, cornflour, sea salt, zest and nutmeg, leaving a well in the centre
5 Use a rolling pin to bash the pecans into small pieces (in the middle of a clean tea towel works well!)
6 Add the egg whites, honey/maple syrup and crushed pecans to the well and mix to combine
7 Use a tablespoon to scoop the mixture and form it into balls just bigger than a 50p (it should make around 20). The mixture is a bit sticky, but it rolls well - you can rub oil into your hands to make it a bit less sticky! Place the balls on the lined baking tray
8 Bake for 10 mins until the tops begin to go golden
9 Blitz the remaining 20g desiccated coconut in a blender to make 'snow'
10 Mix 2 teaspoons of honey/maple syrup with a little water ready to roll the balls in
11 Allow the pecan balls to cool slightly and then roll each one in the honey/maple syrup mix and then in the milled coconut to create a snow effect

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