Vegan Sugar Plums


These little gems have become well known from their very important cameo in the classic Christmas tale, and, even though they may conjure up images of sugar-covered plums in your mind, they actually have never contained any plums at all. “Plum” used to be a popular way to describe any dried fruit, but sugar plums usually contained a mixture of dates, apricots, or figs to achieve their sweetness.


  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 teaspoon lemon or orange zest
  • ½ cup chopped dried figs
  • ½ cup chopped dried dates
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Dash ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons agave
  • ½ cup confectioners sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and spread the almonds in an even layer on a cookie sheet. Bake for 7 minutes, or until fragrant.
  2. Place almonds, zest, figs, dates, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves into a food processor and pulse until crumbly. Add in the agave, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse again, until the mixture comes together easily. Pinch into 1-inch balls and roll in the confectioner’s sugar. Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.

Allergy Note

For a nut-free variation, try these with toasted sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, or even flaked coconut in place of the almonds.