Date Bran Jingle Balls

Date Bran Jingle Balls

3 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2007

Trisha Kruse, an administrative assistant, created quick, easy, no-bake date-nut balls to fill that special niche in your holiday repertoire.

Ingredients 1 serving

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  • 2 cups bran flakes cereal
  • ¾ cup whole pitted dates
  • ½ cup pecans, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons brandy, orange liqueur or orange juice
  • ½ cup finely chopped nuts, date sugar, coconut or toasted wheat germ


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  1. Place cereal, dates and pecans in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add honey, cream cheese and brandy (or orange liqueur or orange juice) and pulse until a stiff dough forms.
  2. Scoop tablespoon-size portions and shape with greased hands into balls. Roll each ball in chopped nuts (or date sugar or coconut or wheat germ). Place on wax paper. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving or storing.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container, separating balls with layers of wax paper, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 cookie
  • Per serving: 77 calories; 5 g fat(1 g sat); 1 g fiber; 8 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 29 mcg folate; 2 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 3 g added sugars; 153 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 9 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 43 mg sodium; 60 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

Reviews 3

January 25, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Haven't tried your recipe but I probably will. Love your tips. Wish you would make the recipe fit on one page. I printed just the first page, but will lose some of the nutritional information.
December 19, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
These are SO good! A couple notes: -I chopped the dates as recommended by another reviewer and I agree that it helps grind everything sooner -I used raw honey and Grand Marnier for the liquer -If you are going to use nuts to roll the balls in, I would chop them very finely, almost ground, so they stick better. -I used a #60 scooper (1T size) and it made 22 balls which brings the calorie count down to about 75 kcal each. I can't wait to take these to work and share this healthy recipe!
December 22, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
These are simple and so tasty! I recommend chopping up the dates before adding them to the food processor.
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