These rum balls are made with good ol’ Aussie Weetbix. I researched several old-fashioned recipes to come up with a recipe that delivers perfectly soft and delicious balls of rum bliss.

(If you don’t have weetbix in your country, don’t fear. You can use 120 grams of a wheat breakfast cereal instead of weetbix.)

Searching for the perfect rum balls recipe

I searched old newspapers, Nana Ling’s handwritten recipe books, old home cooking supplements and vintage recipe books to find the perfect rum balls recipe. But I wasn’t quite satisfied with any I came across. 

I turned to my mum and she shared some recipes she’d collected during her time working in bakeries. 

Still, not quite what I was looking for.

One of my mum’s recipes used cake crumbs and while it may guarantee a lovely soft texture, it’s an ingredient that doesn’t really translate well for home cooks these days.  However, it did offer some neat little ingredients that I thought would be perfect to add to a weetbix rum balls recipe. The weetbix recipes are often criticised for being on the dry side, so I wanted to avoid that problem and now I had a plan – and a couple of extra little ingredients – to do just that.

So the recipe here is a mash-up of old rum balls recipes. I’ve borrowed from here and there to create a perfect rum balls – with weetbix – recipe. 

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rum balls made with weetbix

Rum Balls

We've done our research to come up with the best old-fashioned rum balls recipes
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: rum balls, rum balls weetbix
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 24 balls
Calories: 99kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 weetbix (use 120 grams of a wheat breakfast cereal if you don't have weetbix in your country)
  • 2 tablespoons rum
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/4 cup dried diced apricot
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry jam
  • 395 grams condensed milk (1 tin)
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut (additional for rolling)

Instructions

  • Crush weetbix to a fine consistency.
  • Sprinkle rum over weetbix.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir well to combine.
  • Roll into small balls and coat by rolling in additional coconut.
  • Place balls on a tray lined with baking paper and place in fridge for at least a couple of hours to set.
  • Store in the fridge in an airtight container and enjoy cold or at room temperature.

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Nutrition

Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 96IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg

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