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Raw Vegan Edible Christmas Tree Caramel Balls Recipe

Sonia Fuller, Content Writer

Written by Sonia Fuller, Content Writer. Updated on March 12, 2023.

This recipe for raw caramel balls is a beloved holiday tradition passed down from my grandmother, who used to make them every holiday season.

She would gather all the grandchildren in the kitchen, and we would take turns stirring the nutty, spicy mixture and rolling it into balls.

We would always tie ribbons into these energy balls so they could hang on our Christmas tree.

As we got older and started our own families, my siblings and I continued the tradition of making these caramel balls each holiday season.

They remind us of the warm, fuzzy feeling of spending time with our loved ones in the kitchen and the love my grandmother always infused into everything she made.

I hope these caramel balls will bring a little love and joy into your holiday season too.

These treats are not only tasty but also packed with nutrients that will benefit your body.

The cashew nuts, sunflower seeds, and walnuts provide a good source of healthy fats, protein, and fiber.

The mesquite meal adds a unique, sweet flavor and is a rich source of antioxidants. The dates provide natural sweetness and are a good source of fiber, while the tahini adds a creamy texture and is a good source of plant-based protein.

The cinnamon and nutmeg add a warm, spicy flavor and have anti-inflammatory properties.

Optional coatings of cacao powder and desiccated coconut add an extra layer of flavor and nutrition.

These caramel balls make the perfect healthy snack or dessert, and the ribbons make them look extra special and fun to hang on your Christmas tree.

If you feel more like making some dessert that contains fruits, you might want to check my recipe for raw chocolate goji berry brownies.

How to Make Edible Christmas Tree Caramel Balls?


  • 1/2 cup cashew nuts
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup mesquite meal
  • 1.5 cups pitted dates
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Optional for coating: cacao powder, desiccated coconut

You will also need a thin ribbon, about 3 meters.


Grind the nuts to a powder in a food processor.

Add the dates and pulse until the mixture is sticky and all ingredients are broken down.

Add the tahini and sprinkle the mesquite and spices over the mixture. Process again to combine.

Roll the mixture into balls of your desired size.

Cut the ribbon into pieces that are roughly 25 cm long. Fold each piece in half and tie a knot at the end.

Cut each caramel ball halfway through (be careful not to slice all the way).

Insert the tied ribbon so the knot hangs at the bottom and touches the ball. The knot will help prevent the ball from sliding off the ribbon while it hangs on the tree.

Press the ball together to seal and roll it gently to regain shape.

Optional: coat half of the caramel balls in cacao powder and half in coconut.

The Final Word

This recipe for raw caramel balls with a ribbon is a wonderful holiday tradition that brings joy, love, and nutrition to the table.

They will surely be a hit if you’re sharing these treats with your family, friends, or coworkers.

The combination of nutty, sweet, and spicy flavors is irresistible, and the ribbons add a fun and festive touch.

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