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Boozy Puerto Rican Paleo Rum Balls

Dec 29, 2016 | Recipes | 7 comments

Paleo and Gluten Free Rum Balls

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Paleo Rum Balls – To Booze or Not to Booze

Inspired by my time on the Island, my gluten free and paleo Rum Balls pay tribute to the dark rum that Puerto Ricans love so much! Parents: head's up, I named these “boozy” for a reason. The recipe has a tip for making them kid friendly. 🙂

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Puerto Rican Rum Balls
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3.39 from 13 votes

Boozy Puerto Rican Rum Balls

Servings: 20 Rum Balls


  • 1/4 c dark rum
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 1/4 c coconut oil, melted
  • 1 c shredded coconut
  • 1/4 c cocoa powder
  • 1.5 c almond flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  • In a large bowl, whisk together: ¼c dark rum + ¼c maple syrup + ¼c coconut oil, melted
  • Then stir in the following until well combined: 1c shredded coconut + ¼c cocoa powder + 1.5c almond flour + 1/8 tsp salt
  • Note: add add additional almond flour, 1T at a time, if needed for a thicker consistency.
  • Roll into 1T balls and store in refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • Note: option to roll balls in coconut, cocoa powder, chopped nuts and/or cinnamon before storing.


These rum balls are quite boozy! To make them kid-friendly, omit the rum and increase maple syrup to 1/2c.

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  1. Susie

    5 stars
    These are quite boozy but that’s what you want in a rum ball! They are good! No crushed cookies required!

  2. Mrs Miller

    Can these be made with Bourbon instead, and still be gluten free? I have to make GF cookies, for the first time, for a Christmas gift. Quite frankly, I don’t actually understand how it works…so, I thought I would ask.

    • Meri Raffetto

      Yes…you can certainly try Bourbon! It will be gluten free and the flavors should still work. It will have to be a trial test though!

  3. Shari

    Can this be made with all purpose baking flour, gluten Free?

    • Meri Raffetto

      Yes! You can use the flour you have around.

  4. Deb

    Can I use something other than the shredded coconut? Nuts perhaps? What if I just left out the shredded coconut?

    • Meri Raffetto

      Yes! or just omit!


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