Gluten-Free Rum Balls (No-Bake, Vegan & Dairy-Free)

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These easy rum balls are vegan, gluten-free, and make a fun little no-bake treat that’s perfect for the holidays.

Prep Time 40 minutes | Total Time 40 minutes

rum truffles


  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 1-2 cups vegan chocolate chips


  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2-3 tablespoons dark rum
  • 3/4 cup water


  1. Whisk together the dry filling ingredients in a medium bowl (the coconut flour, cocoa powder, and the sugar) then stir the wet ones (vanilla, maple syrup, rum, water) in. Stir until you’ve got a smooth mixture and pop the bowl in the fridge. 
  2. The walnuts need to be in really small pieces. You can either chop them up in a food processor (but don’t totally pulverize them) or put them in a Ziploc and smash them with a rolling pin.  
  3. Form the filling into balls. I find smaller balls work a lot better for this recipe… I aimed for 3/4″-1″ balls. 
  4. Melt the chocolate. I do this in 15 second intervals in the microwave (note: it’s really easy to burn dairy-free chocolate so do it very carefully or use a double boiler). I suggest starting with one cup and melting more if/when you run out so you don’t waste it. 
  5. Dip the balls in the chocolate and then gently roll them in the walnuts. This process can get a little messy, so just have fun with it. Add the finished balls to a plate or baking sheet. Once they’re all done, pop them in the freezer for about 20 minutes to set. Once they’ve set, I suggest keeping them in a sealed container in the fridge and taking them out just prior to serving. 

Recipe Notes

  • Please check to ensure the chocolate and rum you use are gluten-free as not all varieties are if you have a gluten sensitivity.

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