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

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2007


Recipe Summary

55 mins
Nutrition Profile:


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

78 calories; protein 1.1g; carbohydrates 8.2g; dietary fiber 1.5g; sugars 4.5g; fat 5.1g; saturated fat 0.8g; cholesterol 2mg; vitamin a iu 152.7IU; vitamin c 0.1mg; folate 29.3mcg; calcium 9.1mg; iron 1.5mg; magnesium 18.3mg; potassium 60.3mg; sodium 43.4mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 3g.

Reviews (3)

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3 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
These are simple and so tasty! I recommend chopping up the dates before adding them to the food processor. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More