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Date Bran Jingle Balls

November/December 2007

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



READER'S COMMENT:
"These are simple and so tasty! I recommend chopping up the dates before adding them to the food processor. "
Date Bran Jingle Balls

Makes: 16 cookies

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups bran flakes cereal
  • 3/4 cup whole pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons brandy, orange liqueur or orange juice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts, date sugar, coconut or toasted wheat germ

Preparation

  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.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container, separating balls with layers of wax paper, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Per cookie: 104 calories; 6 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 2 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 2 g fiber; 42 mg sodium; 111 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 1 fat


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Holiday
Christmas
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Total Time
1 hour or less
Health & Diet Considerations
Diabetes appropriate
Low carbohydrate
Servings
8 or more
Preparation/ Technique
No-cook
Meal/Course
Dessert
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